Working Dogs


Keeping your four-legged workforce in prime condition.

They are a critical part of your daily operations and need to be in tip-top condition for as long as possible. That’s where we can help. We’ve been working with working dogs for a long time and have whiled away the hours researching what makes for great health in these trusted animals. With extensive knowledge and experience in preventative healthcare and a thorough understanding of nutritional requirements, we’ll keep your team as active as they need to be.

We often take referrals from other regions, who travel to VetSouth for orthopaedic surgery and have a huge number of top working dogs who have recovered from extensive broken bones, under the care of Dr Hugh Hasselman, a South Island legend for orthopaedic surgery.

We want to make treating working dogs simple and easy for you. VetSouth's worming programme is a cost-effective, convenient way of keeping your dog's worm-free. Worming tablets are sent directly to your door every 3 months, enough to treat all your dogs for that period (based on their weight) and make sure your loyal workers stay worm-free.


Annual plan to protect from major risk diseases (elements can also be done as part of our regular worming programme sent directly to your mailbox).


  • Parvovirus, Distemper, Hepatitis and Parainfluenza.
  • Canine cough (especially important for working dogs).


We can allocate time when on farm to give your working dog their "warrant of fitness". From checking their paws, joints, and coats we can often spot if something is not right with your four-legged worker. 


Our retail stores stock a variety of feed to keep your team going and running efficiently. Putting premium nutrients into your dogs allows for peak performance out in the paddock. 


We have modern well-equipped clinics with experienced staff to look after your dogs, should they require a stay. Our dedicated team of vets and nurses will work with you to reach the best possible outcome for your working companion. 



Get your best employees a Warrant of Fitness in winter.

Have you opted in for our Working Dog Run? A programme where our vets and nurses come out and give your dog team a Warrant of Fitness. Your team is an important asset in the yards and out in the paddock, so planning ahead with their health is essential. Our team head out the end of June, start of July. Talk to the team to register your interest now. 


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.



A never ending quest for improvement and advancement

Researching animal welfare and pathology is a passion we share, with our work being used by industry bodies such as Dairy NZ, the Sustainable Farming Fund and Beef & Lamb.


Latest news

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Dog vaccinations

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Working Dog Run and Pre-Season Check

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Twisted Gut in Working Dogs

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Dealing with Canine Cough

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Itchy Dog?

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Twisted gut in working dogs

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