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Wellington Veterinary Clinic140 Alexandra Road, Newtown, Wellington 6021
Changes to our public vet clinic
After careful consideration, SPCA is sad to announce the permanent closure of the Wellington SPCA Vet Clinic at the end of February 2022.
The SPCA Centre in Wellington will remain open and continue to do its vital work for the thousands of abused, neglected and vulnerable animals that come into our care in Wellington each year, however, the public vet clinic that provides services to owned animals is closing its doors to the public.
Over the past two years at SPCA, we have found it considerably more difficult to manage our vet clients along with our own SPCA animals and those animals needing vet care from other SPCA Centres in the region. Juggling this workload for our veterinary staff has now become unworkable. This is due in part to the national veterinary shortage, as well as the heavy workload, long hours and associated stress on our veterinary teams.
We understand this news may come as a shock and be disappointing to those of you in Wellington who have built wonderful relationships with our SPCA staff and animals over many years. Many of you are also generous donors and your continued support means everything to us.
Treating the over 3400 neglected and abused animals that come into our Centre in Wellington each year from our Inspectorate, the public and other SPCA Centres has to be our priority going forward, as this is our core purpose. There is so much more we could do for the animals who need us. We will continue to reduce the number of unwanted animals in our community through desexing and we will carry on supporting the many rescue groups in the Wellington region who rely on our services.
We are tremendously thankful to each of you and our team have loved our interactions with your furry, fluffy and feathered family members we’ve had the great privilege of treating throughout their lifetimes. We know it is a change for the wider Wellington community, and we are confident that with the help of our neighbouring veterinary clinics, your owned animals will all be very well taken care of. The public SPCA Vet Clinic will officially treat its last owned patient on February 27, 2022.
Our Wellington Centre is more than happy to assist in the transfer of your pet’s vet records over to your new clinic. They have contacted local vet clinics in the Wellington Region, so they are aware that you may be calling to register your pet. Please don’t hesitate to contact our Wellington Centre with any queries.
About our Vet Clinic
SPCA’s Veterinary Clinic in Wellington is a fully equipped veterinary practice offering high-level veterinary care for companion animals in the Wellington region. That means that whether your pet was adopted from SPCA or not, your pets are welcome here.
Our veterinary clinic is located in a historical purpose-built hospital, nestled in the peaceful surroundings of Wellington’s town belt.
Our facilities and team offer a wide variety of services ranging from annual health checks and vaccinations to ensure your pet is protected against preventable illnesses, to diagnostic tools such as digital radiography, ultrasound and in-house laboratory for full blood biochemistry.
We are staffed by a welcoming team of vet nurses and vets, experienced in a wide range of medical and surgical procedures including fracture repair and other orthopaedic procedures.
When you bring your pet to SPCA’s Veterinary Clinic in Wellington you are not only choosing to obtain high-level veterinary care, you are also choosing to support the charitable work we do. Any profits earned go straight back into helping vulnerable animals in your community and the Wellington region.
You can also purchase food and medicines for your pet from our Wellington Centre, so make us your vet of choice.
Please note: Veterinary consultations are by appointment only.
Vet care services available
Annual health checks and vaccinations
At an annual health check one of our vets will perform a thorough clinical examination, offer advice on your pet’s general health, as well as answer any questions you may have on diet, behaviour and regular flea and worm treatment. We will also talk you through what vaccinations your pet may require, depending on its age and previous vaccination record.
Routine and non-routine surgery & diagnostic imaging
Our team of vets and veterinary nurses are qualified and highly experienced in providing excellent veterinary care to all our patients during this stressful time. Some of our more experienced vets, with up to 25 years of surgical experience also perform advanced soft tissue and orthopaedic procedures, if the need arises.
To help with the diagnosis of more complex diseases and illnesses our Wellington Centre facilities includes a radiology area with digital X-rays and ultrasound.
Desexing your pet
At SPCA we are strong advocate of desexing all pets. We believe that a de-sexed pet lives a happier and healthier life.
Desexing your pet brings health benefits such as: reducing the chances of testicular tumours, prostate disease and other genital health issues in males, as well as reduce the chances of males roaming, aggression and territorial marking if performed at an early age. By de-sexing your female pet early on it eliminates the chances of pyometra (a potentially life-threatening infection of the uterus), mammary tumours, cysts and other genital tumours.
Call our centre to get more information on having your pet desexed and to book an appointment with our veterinary team.
Senior pet care
As our beloved pets begin to age, it’s easy to just assume they are slowing down and that their small struggles with everyday life is all part of the aging process. Don’t be fooled! In most cases there is something we can do to make their lives comfortable until the very end. Weight management, dental health or basic blood screening are just a few examples of how our vets can help take a proactive approach on keeping your pets healthy and comfortable as they get older.
Up to 80% of cats, dogs and rabbits suffer from dental disease, and more often than not it goes unnoticed by carers and owners. Signs of dental disease include excessive salivation, dark staining to the teeth, swollen and reddened gums or smelly breath.
Teeth are checked at your pet’s annual health check, but if you are concerned at any other time about your pets teeth or gums, we strongly recommend bringing your fury friend in for a check-up. If your pet were to need dental intervention, we can perform most routine dental procedures on site.
Microchipping your pet
Every day animals go missing. Sadly many are never reunited with their owners, simply because of a lack of identification. Collars and tags alone are not effective at identifying your pet because these are easily removed or lost by your pet. A microchip gives your pet the best chance of being reunited with you if they become lost or stolen.
Caring for a pet that needs regular medication is stressful enough, so at SPCA we like to make the process of ordering a repeat prescription as easy as possible for you. By giving us a call or sending the vet team an email you can request more medication for your pets with as little as 48 hours' notice in most cases.
Please be advised that for most medications, repeat prescriptions will require a veterinary consultation every 6 months.
Emergency contact information
You can contact us in an emergency on the following numbers:
- During the day: (04) 389 8044.
- After hours: (04) 473 7545.
Symptoms requiring urgent attention
If your pet is displaying any of the symptoms below, it is important that you bring them in to see a vet straight away:
- Choking, persistent coughing or difficulty breathing.
- Seizures, collapsing or unconsciousness.
- Fractured bones or severe acute lameness.
- Inability to pass urine or faeces.
- Injury to the eye.
- Suspicion of poisoning.
- Severe vomiting and/or diarrhoea.
- Refusal to eat or drink for more than 24 hours.
- Swollen and painful abdomen.
- Bleeding that is severe or doesn’t stop within 5 minutes.
What to do if your pet needs emergency vet care
If your pet is in distress or you are concerned about their wellbeing, we recommend you get in touch as soon as possible.
In case of a medical emergency:
- Remain calm.
- During the day, call our Wellington Centre Veterinary Clinic to let us know you need to be seen or that you are on your way on (04) 389 8044. After hours phone (04) 473 7545.
- Make sure your pet is transported safely.
- Drive carefully.
- Let our team know as soon as you have arrived.
All medical emergencies are treated with priority and you do not need to have an appointment. Our veterinary staff will quickly assess your pet’s condition and take the necessary steps to stabilise them. We will then work out a treatment plan to help your pet get back on its feet as soon as possible.