Advanced and Routine Surgical Procedures
Performing surgery requires a high level of knowledge, experience and dexterity, something we pride ourselves in. All of our surgeries are performed following the highest possible standards, with a focus on excellent pain management.
Surgery is required when there are conditions or diseases that will not respond to medication alone, instead needing physical intervention in order to solve the problem. Examples of this may be a fast growing tumour or a complicated bone fracture.
We differentiate between orthopaedic surgery, soft tissue surgery and routine surgeries, such as speys and castrations.
After each surgery, we will send your pet home with detailed discharge instructions and we will be there to support you, should you have any concerns.

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This applies to all conditions that require medicine or other non-surgical intervention. Some examples of medical conditions are diabetes, feline asthma
, pancreatitis, chronic renal failure, most cardiac disease and skin diseases.
Animals cannot speak, so it is up to us to get the correct diagnoses and the most appropriate treatment for your pet. Further diagnostic tests like blood or urine tests, x-rays or ultrasound are often necessary to achieve a diagnosis. We have an exceptionally high rate of obtaining diagnoses, enabling us to get your pet on the most appropriate treatment regime as soon as possible.


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Cranial cruciate ligament failure is the most common Orthopaedic Problem in dogs.The Ligament fails because of a degenerative process. The ligament helps to stabilize the knee joint whilst allowing it to flex and extend. When the ligament ruptures or partially tears it causes pain and instability of the knee joint. The instability also makes the knee more prone to develop a tear in the meniscus cartilage. 

There are many ways of dealing with this problem but most commonly surgical treatment is recommended. One surgical option we offer here at Vets on Waiheke is called the Modified Marquet Technique, MMP for short. This technique advances the position of part of the tibia. This gives the effect of modifying the forces on the knee joint to neutralize the instability caused by the ligament rupture. All dogs go home on a course of pain relief and will be rechecked 5 days after the surgery and 10 days later to remove the sutures. Most dogs will be fine and back at full function 6 to 8 weeks after the surgery. We are extremely proud to be able to provide a service of this high standard to the island and as always the welfare and well-being of the animal is on top of the list. 


In case of mating difficulties, there is the option of Artificial Insemination (AI). We implant fresh semen, which is collected prior from the mating stud. The breeding bitch can be examined by cervical smear. Progesterone levels are often evaluated to pinpoint ovulation prior to mating.

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Dogs older than 8 years and cats older than 10 years of age are recommended to have regular health checks.

This may include a simple blood test which will give us information about the internal organ function of your pet. Older dogs and cats suffer from osteoarthritis more than you may think, so watch your pet closely: Does your dog hesitate getting up in the morning? Does cold weather affect activity? Is your cat using a chair in between to reach the tabletop? These could all be signs of osteoarthritis and your pet may benefit from treatment to make them more comfortable.

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Not only will we give you advice on your pet’s nutrition on your annual visits, but we also run our own Weight Loss Clinic.
Weight problems and nutritional imbalance is an increasing problem we see every single day. Being overweight will decrease quality and length of life for your pet.
Health risks involved in being obese are heart disease, joint problems, diabetes, bladder diseases, increased blood pressure and constipation. This is why it is so important for your pet to maintain a healthy weight with a complete diet.
We know how hard it is for your pet to lose weight and would like to support you as best as we can! We offer you an extended consultation, where we calculate your pet’s percentage of body fat, their ideal weight and customise an exercise and diet program to help them achieve this goal.








Microchipping should be considered as a normal part of responsible pet ownership. Registration to a national database is included.
The microchip implant is about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted by a vet, under the skin between the shoulder blades. This procedure can be done during a regular consultation or while your pet is under anaesthetic for another procedure.
Our reception staff will help you to fill in all the necessary paperwork.
The benefit of having a microchip is that animal control officers and vets routinely look for microchips to return lost pets quickly to their owners. It is a weekly occurrence for us to assist in getting lost pets back to their parents with thanks to micro chips.

If you are unable to get your pet to the clinic and they need emergency treatment, we are more than happy to collect them for you and bring them back
to the clinic so they can receive appropriate treatment. If you feel the time has come for that final goodbye, and you would prefer your pet was euthanased in your own home, then we are more than happy to arrange this for you.

On your way to work, a busy day ahead of you or unable to get an appointment when you are free?
We offer a drop off service for your animal here at the clinic if you are too busy for a regular appointment but need your animal to be seen.
We will examine and treat your pet while you are at work. A vet will stay in touch with you over the phone and keep you updated. We will arrange a convenient time to contact you so we can then discuss the case.

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All animal emergencies after closing are looked after by us, on island.
For all emergencies after hours just phone one of our two clinics and you will be provided with the contact details of the emergency after hours Vet.

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Health Examinations and Preventative Medicine
On a daily basis we provide comprehensive health checks, vaccinations, worming and flea treatment for your pet.
Regular vaccinations will protect your pet from common infectious diseases by strengthening their immunity. Dogs require vaccination for Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Adenovirus, Canine Parvovirus, Canine Parainfluenca Virus and Bordatella bronchiseptica (Kennel Cough).
Puppies are given a primary vaccination course administered at 6, 9 and 12 weeks of age. After these first inoculations, an annual booster vaccination is required.
We don’t commonly vaccinate for Leptospirosis as this disease is more of a concern in the North Island, so let us know if you and your dog are moving there or going on a holiday and we can arrange this for you.
Cats are vaccinated against Feline Herpesvirus 1, Feline Calicivirus, Feline Panleucopania Virus and Chlamydia.
Kittens are given a primary vaccination course administered at 9 and 12 weeks of age. After this, an annual booster vaccination is required.
We recommend worming your pet every three months and flea prevention should be carried out every 4-8 weeks, depending on the product used. We provide a variety of the leading worming and flea products. These are available over the counter at reception. Advice is available free of charge by our staff.

Good dental hygiene is as important for your pet as it is for us. Approximately 80% of dogs and cats show signs of dental disease such as; bad breath
, gum inflammation, tartar and tooth loss. Our dental services include dental prophylaxis, scale and polish, teeth extractions, dental radiographs, medical treatment, and aftercare including advice on dental health. We also offer specialist endodontics.

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There are many bird-lovers on the island, both exotic and native. Looking after them is important to us and our bird-loving team are there to help. There is also good network of support-carers on the island that we can put you in touch with to help rehabilitate and release. All creatures ‘great and small’ are welcome here at Vets on Waiheke & Waiheke Vets and will all be treated with the same professionalism and respect.

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Do you have a new puppy? Did you know that early socialisation is a very important part of puppy development? Until you puppy is fully vaccinated the best way to socialise your pup with other people and other pups in a safe environment is by signing up for our puppy preschool course!

Meet the trainer  

Sabrina Greening (BSc, MSc, PhD)

Sabrina moved to Waiheke with her partner in February 2020. She is a veterinary epidemiologist with a background in animal science, nutrition, development, and behaviour. Sabrina grew up with dogs, among an array of other animals, in the family home and got experience at an early age in training her own dog, Ruby, in not only basic commands but also a range of sports including dog agility and flyball. Her interest in animal behaviour, and love for dogs, saw her working with the Dogs Trust (Loughborough, UK), where she spent time in the Special Training and Rehabilitation (STAR) Unit and physiotherapy centre before moving to New Zealand to start a PhD with Massey University’s School of Veterinary Science. Sabrina continues to work at Massey remotely whilst enjoying the island life on Waiheke where she now runs puppy preschool in conjunction with Vets on Waiheke as well as offering private dog training on request.


Training philosophy

All the training methods Sabrina uses are based on positive training, also often referred to as reward-based training, science-based training, force-free or pain-free training. Regardless of the terminology, the general theory behind this line of thinking remains the same and builds upon three important foundations:

1. The use of positive reinforcement

2. Avoiding the use of dominance, intimidation, and punishment-based training methods

3. A commitment to understanding the canine experience from the dog's point of view


Using these foundations ensures you develop a long-term relationship with your dog based on mutual trust, respect, and love. This is achieved by rewarding wanted behaviours, thereby making it more likely that the behaviour will be repeated,  paired with negative reinforcement  (i.e., the removal or withholding of something the dog wants like food, attention, or toys for a short period of time) and redirection (i.e., guiding a dog into making the right choices by refocusing a negative behaviour onto a wanted behaviour). Combine these concepts with the awareness that dogs are not wolves trying to dominate us to achieve a 'top dog' status and you will have a happy, confident dog who has the tools they need to thrive in the home and out in our strange, domestic world.


Science behind the training

Our understanding of how dogs think, feel, and learn is constantly evolving!

However, scientific studies have made it clear that the use of confrontational, dominance and punishment-based training techniques on dogs not only doesn’t work long term, but can actually exacerbate unwanted behaviours as well as result in irreversible fear- or aggression-based responses.

The more heavy-handed approaches that were so commonly used in dog training decades ago were borne out of an attempt to apply what people thought they knew about animal behaviour to our domestic canine companions. But science is an ever-moving field, and our commitment as trainers and dog owners to understanding the canine experience from the dog's point of view relies on staying up-to-date with what the modern behavioural scientific community is learning.

The list of scientific journals and publications below includes just a small proportion of the amazing work being done by the scientific community at large as it relates to our understanding of the use of positive training versus dominance and punishment-based training for dogs.

Yin, S., 2007. Dominance Versus Leadership in Dog Training. Compendium Continuing Education for the Practicing Veterinarian 29:414-32.

Herron, M.E., Shofer, F.S., Reisner, I.R., 2009. Survey of the use and outcome of confrontational and non-confrontational training methods in client-owned dogs showing undesired behaviors. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 117:47-54.

Bradshaw, J.W.S, Blackwell, E.J., Casey, R.A., 2009. Dominance in domestic dogs - useful construct or bad habit? Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research.  4: 135-144.

Mech, L.D., 1999. Alpha Status, Dominance, and Division of Labor in Wolf Packs. Canadian Journal of Zoology 77:1196-1203.

Lindell, E.M., 2010. Rethinking the Causes of Canine Aggression. Veterinary Medicine 105:568-569

Schilder, M.B.H., van der Borg, J.A.M., 2004. Training dogs with the help of the shock collar: short- and long-term behavioural effects. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 85: 319–334.

Coppinger, R., 2002. Dogs: A New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior, and Evolution. New York: Scribner.

Puppies: between 8 weeks and 16 weeks of age, who have at least had their first vaccination

We are have courses running all year. Pay for four sessions and get your fifth session for FREE. We have two streams running on Saturday mornings and wednesday evenings. 

To find out more info on start dates and locations and to book your spot click on our Book Online call our clinic on 3728387 and talk to our staff today!”