goat grazing

Beware the resistant worm4 days

Do you have sheep or goats with pooey bums despite appropriate drenching? We have been seeing a rise in parasite resistance in recent years, especially in sheep and goats. This essentially means that certain parasites have been evolving to outsmart …Read More


Beware of Toxic Plants1 month

While most toxic plants taste bitter and are usually avoided by stock, occasionally hunger, curiosity or a deceptively tasty plant will lead to illness. Here are just a few of the plant toxicities we encounter in New Zealand. Rhododendron   …Read More

jersey calves

Treating scouring calves2 months

Bonnie and Clyde are two precious Jersey calves, adopted by one of our local lifestylers at just a few days old. Within days Clyde began to scour badly. His appetite vanished, and he became dehydrated and depressed. Bonnie followed in …Read More

lamb grazing post barbers pole

Barber’s pole emergency2 months

On Wednesday afternoon this lamb entered our Papakura clinic, limp in her owners’ arms. She was immediately rushed to intensive care, where she would spend the night in critical condition, fighting for her life. Examination and blood tests revealed a …Read More

bumblefoot in chickens

Treating Blackberry’s Bumblefoot3 months

Meet Miss Blackberry, one of 5 lovely ladies that rule the roost on their lifestyle block.  After a great summer running free-range around the property, her owners were concerned to notice her two tiny, swollen feet. A trip to Franklin …Read More

March 2018 newsletter

Franklin Vets Update March 20183 months

The latest newsletter from the large animal team at Franklin Vets with articles from the Franklin Vet Club Trust, our dairy, equine, and lifestyle vets, plus all the good deals going at the moment.

cria and mum

The birth of a llama cria – a family affair3 months

Last week we were called out to see Autumn, a beautiful hembra (female llama), ready to give birth but having some trouble. With a troublesome birthing in the past, this loving owner wasn’t taking any chances and called Franklin Vets …Read More

Franklin Vets charity fishing competition

Franklin Vets Charity Fishing Competition4 months

  Unfortunately, due to low numbers, this has been cancelled. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Alpacas at gate

Barber’s pole worm – Combating a silent killer4 months

Haemonchus contortus, commonly known as barber’s pole, is a blood-sucking parasite which is found in the stomach of sheep, goats and alpacas. It reproduces very quickly and produces thousands of eggs per day. As a result, sufficient numbers of these …Read More


Tick Trouble?4 months

The NZ cattle tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) is an introduced species and is NZ’s only tick. It is commonly found in the warmer parts of NZ and while this tick favours cattle, it also feeds on sheep, goats, alpacas, deer, horses, …Read More

calf with facial eczema

Facial eczema – Learn more & be prepared5 months

What is facial eczema? Facial eczema is caused by a toxin produced by the spores of the fungus Pithomyces chartarum, which grows on pasture, especially in the base and in dead litter. Facial eczema thrives in regions like Franklin between December …Read More

Franklin Vets December Newsletter

Franklin Vets Update December 20176 months

The latest newsletter from the large animal team at Franklin Vets with articles, ads, information about our upcoming fishing competition, and even a competition or two!