Alpacas are an ever expanding component of our practice as more and more small block owners recognise them for their suitability for small blocks.
Services we offer include
General diagnostic services and treatment
Dentistry as needed, including the grinding of maloccluded incisors
Castration of males (done under general anaesthesia)
Routine assistance with vaccinations, ADE and drench administration
Soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery
Assistance with birthing, caesarians as needed
“I first started farming alpacas in 2004 and in 2006 Warkworth Vets/Coast to Coast Vets became my veterinary practice of choice. The reason I chose them over a more local vet is that, when asked if they were prepared to learn about the health and wellbeing of alpacas, these vets said “Yes!”. My local vet had not wanted to learn and I didn’t want to entrust the health of my alpacas to someone who wasn’t on board 100%. One of the vets at Warkworth Vets undertook to learn more about alpacas and together, over the years, we have learned a lot about the various ailments that can inflict alpacas.
Recently one of my alpacas got a very badly perforated ulcer in her eye and it looked as though the eye may have to be removed. Warkworth Vets used a grafting technique that had previously been used on horses, and not only did the alpaca retain her eye, she now also has some sight in it which is very gratifying.
In summary, the whole team at Warkworth Vets are very friendly and approachable and I have no hesitation in recommending their services.”Valerie Bushell, Wellsford
A growing population
Alpacas are good grazers, don’t pug up the ground like cattle, and are nice animals to be around. Our skills in this field are ever expanding to keep pace with the growing population.
We often get alpacas brought into our clinic if they are halter trained. This is particularly useful for radiography or surgical cases.