Opening Hours

Churton Park:
Monday to Friday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Sunday & stat holidays: Closed
 
Newlands:
Monday: 12:00pm - 5:30pm
Tuesday: 12:00pm - 5:30pm
Thursday: 12:00pm - 5:30pm
Friday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Wednesday, Sunday & stat holidays: Closed
 
NB: Village Vets Churton Park and Newlands are only 5 mins drive away from each other.  We would endeavour to find an appointment that suits you best at either clinic during the opening hours above.  
 
Telephone
04 472 2690 (Churton Park)
04 461 6014 (Newlands)
Including out of hours and emergencies. Please follow phone voice instructions.
 
Email:
Please call if urgent.
 

 

 

Interesting Stuff

Dogs:
 

DNA Breed Identification

Welcome to the world of veterinary forensics!  You’ve seen it on TV programmes like CSI but DNA fingerprinting has arrived for real in the veterinary profession.

Gribbles Laboratories in Australia have developed Australasia’s first canine, DNA based, breed identification test called BITSA.  This innovative teat can identify breed signatures as far back as a dog’s grandparents. These breed signatures were developed using registered pedigree dogs collected at shows throughout Australia and New Zealand. There are currently 62 breeds in the database – close to 90% of current breeds found in Australia.

A simple non-invasive cheek sample can provide the DNA sample which is then cross –referenced against the Lab’s extensive databases

The BITSA test can determine whether both parents of a dog were of a particular breed – it is however so new to the market that it is not yet accepted as a means of obtaining official papers denoting pedigree status.

If you want to know more give us a call at the clinic to discuss.

 

Cats:

Five fabulous and fascinating feline facts

A cat’s eyes glow green or gold when you shine a light in them because the light is reflected from a layer of mirror-like cells called the tapetum lucidum, just behind the retina. These cells help cats see in very low light, by reflecting all available light back into the retina.

Cats like to be a lot warmer than we do. We start to feel uncomfortable when our skin temperature gets higher than about 44.5C, but cats don't start to feel uncomfortable until their skin reaches about 52C. That’s why they love that heater!

Cats have 32 muscles that control the outer ear (compared to human's 6 muscles each). A cat can rotate its ears independently 180 degrees, and can turn in the direction of sound 10 times faster than those of the best watchdog.

A cat has a total of 24 whiskers, 4 rows of whiskers on each side. The upper two rows can move independently of the bottom two rows.

The largest litter of kittens on record was born to a Siamese-Burmese mother, who had 19 kittens.

 

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