Your horse is in the best possible hands.

With specialist equine services and a hospital with a modern surgical suite, we offer full imaging equipment both in house and at stable with cutting edge medicine surgical offerings for all horses from racing and sport horse elite athletes, through to pleasure horses.  Further, Brendon Bell is a registered specialist in equine surgery and has rightly built a reputation within the equine world for excellence as an equine vet.

Surgery services

We perform a large number of surgeries every year at our Invercargill Equine Hospital. Catering for both elective (non emergency) and emergency procedures, we are always here for you and your horses needs.


Our equine veterinarians have particular experience in equine reproduction and stud medicine. We provide veterinary services to Standardbred horses, Pleasure, Sports horses and Thoroughbred stud farms.

Lameness services

Lameness in horses is a frequent cause of poor performance and investigating a horse's lameness forms a major part of the work at VetSouth Equine. A simple lameness examination can be carried out and advice on recovery


Routine dental treatment and some minor surgical procedures (e.g. removal of wolf teeth) can be performed either at our client's premises or alternatively brought into the clinic.

Examination services

Our equine vets routinely perform a large number of examinations on all types of horses, including; radiography, respiratory noise evaluation, medical work up and veterinary certifications.

Pre-purchase examination

Many people when looking to buy a new horse will ask us about a ‘vetting’ or pre purchase examination of the horse. This is an examination to check the horse over for obvious and detectable conditions.


Keep your horse happy and healthy.

We recognise all of our dedicated clients that are committed to giving their horse the best care possible. Sometimes that entails performing dental work and oral health treatment more frequently than just once a year. Horses that receive regular dental work (at least every 12 months) will receive 15% discount on professional fees, regardless of the time of year. 


Why VetSouth is a great choice

We're locals

We’ve been in the lower South Island for decades. It’s where we’re from and where we raise our families.

Wide network

We’re plugged into the Veterinary world and our team can call on expertise from all over the world, then deliver it locally.

Handy clinics

We’re close to you for consults, supplements, supplies...whatever you need. Pop on in or organise a delivery.


Latest news

Catching up with Nikaitla Robertson

I enjoy all aspects of equine medicine but have a special interest in equine reproduction and intensive care cases. Working with a team that shares the same passion for equine medicine and ensuringRead more

Meet Rhiannon Simpson

Rhiannon has recently joined the Vetsouth family as an equine tech in Invercargill, we caught up with Rhiannon to find out a little bit more about her and her new role. Read more

New Dental Equipment

Our workload in equine dentistry has been increasing each year. To help us provide a more comprehensive service we are looking to replace some of our older equipment. We are hoping to soon haveRead more

Autumn & Winter Parasite Management

Parasite control is an important part of your horse’s annual health management. For all parasite control programmes, we have three main aims: Decrease the risk of parasite related diseasesControlRead more

Video Endoscopy - Allowing us all to have a good look

We are able to utilise this fantastic piece of equipment to view the upper and lower respiratory tract of horses with the 1.5m endoscope able to view the bifurcation of the lungs. Imaging theRead more

The Coronary Band - The lifeblood to the horse’s hoof wall

The coronary band is the junction between the hair-producing skin of the horse's lower limb and the hoof wall. The coronary epidermis is a lifelong cellular proliferating zone, producingRead more

Is your Equine Winter Ready?

Southland traditionally has a mild, warm wet Autumn that can last well into May (and in recent years into June), and these weather conditions are ideal for the development and survivalRead more

Beyond the Drought

After what seems to have been the summer that never ended, the Equine Vets have been kept busy around the region tending to all things horsey. Like other livestock species in the region, the dry sumRead more

Infundibular Caries

Besides sharp (enamel) points and diastemata - one of the other things we look for with our dental examination is infundibular caries. The infundibulum is an extra tubule of enamel folding - the enaRead more

Getting Your Foal Off to Their Best Start

Many people choose to send their mares to stud to foal down - a wise choice if you value your sleep at this time of year! If you are foaling your mare at home, there are a few important milestones thRead more

Home Breeding - What are the facilities like at your place?

The determination of timing for breeding and to establish pregnancy requires veterinary examination of the mare's reproductive tract. This procedure is done by inserting the veterinarian's arm into tRead more

Cervical Dysfunction in Horses - More than just a ‘Pain in the Neck?’

While sitting up late one night watching the Dressage Competition at the Tokyo Olympics, I was intrigued by the different shapes and breeds of horses that competed, built so differently and yetRead more

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