Emergency Service

If an animal in your care is injured or gravely unwell,

please call us immediately on 09 425 8244

This allows us to prepare for your arrival and provide advice to help you manage the patient until it can be seen.

Emergencies After Hours - Small Animals

Between 5 pm - 10 pm

All small animal emergencies (cats, dogs, rabbits etc) need to be seen at the Warkworth Vet Hospital. We have a duty vet available after hours until 10 pm at night, please call 09 425 8244 for the duty vets contact details.

Warkworth Vet Hospital

Address: 23 Hudson Road

Phone: 09 425 8244

Emergencies After Hours - Small Animals

After 10 pm 

All small animal emergencies after 10pm need to be seen at Animal Referal Centre (ARC) Please call 09 281 5815 for ARC before you leave home to ensure they can  prepare for your animal's arrival.

Animal Referal Centre

Address: 224 Albany highway

Phone: 09 281 5815


Emergencies After Hours - Farm/Lifestyle block animals

24 Hours Service

Please phone Warkworth Vet Hospital at 09 425 8244 for the duty vets contact details.

Our duty vet provides a 24 Hours service for veterinary emergencies to large animals (farm and lifestyle block).  These will be seen at your premises, please consider any on-farm risks, lighting, water if needed etc to aid the vet on arrival.    


What constitutes a veterinary emergency? 

Any sudden, unforeseen injury, illness or complication in an animal demanding immediate or early veterinary treatment to save life or to provide timely relief from unreasonable or unnecessary pain or distress.

Why do we refer small animals after 10 pm?

Providing vet services after hours is very taxing on the staff involved, that same vet has to see inpatients  (they could be yours) the next morning, and allowing them to get some rest is key to good decision making the next day.

What if the vet is already busy on a call?

The duty vet will triage calls based on urgency. If they are on a call or uncontactable (out of range) please leave a message for farm animals and they will return your call ASAP, or call ARC for small animal cases.

Why does it cost more after hours?

Providing skilled staff after hours is difficult and expensive. Current shortages in vets throughout NZ have only exasperated this problem. 

Warkworth Veterinary Services Ltd

We are a seven vet mixed practice, serving the greater Warkworth and Wellsford regions, from Puhoi in the south to Maungaturoto in the north and from east to west coast in between.