Equine Services

Vets On Alabama Will Soon Be Welcoming An Experienced Equine Veterinarian -  David Howes.


David Howes is coming back to Blenheim as a full time veterinarian with his wife, Holly and their four children; Oliver, Abby, Jasmine and Ebony. We expect David, Holly and family to be in Blenheim in February.  

David spent time as locum working for Vets on Alabama in 2017 while sailing around New Zealand with his family before heading offshore to the South Pacific Islands later that year.  After a sailing season in the islands, they headed to Melbourne, Australia where David worked in mixed large animal practice mentoring younger vets in equine clinical work and coming back to New Zealand periodically for equine surgical locums in the Waikato before COVID-19. Holly (also a vet) has been working in a small animal clinic in Melbourne for the past 3 years.

David is an experienced equine surgeon, having spent over a decade working in the Waikato as one of the principle surgeons amongst four big hospitals where he was well known. However, coming from a broad experience in mixed practice, he has still been able to enjoy the variety of farm and small animal work - "Being flexible to move to mixed practice and even dipping into emergency small animal night work this year, has been really helpful and interesting  whilst we have been travelling".

David's interests beyond equine surgery have centered around orthopaedics, lameness and diagnostic imaging. He has published internationally, lectured at conferences in New Zealand, presented work overseas and enjoys teaching and mentoring younger vets.

He enjoys the outdoors, trail running, hiking, camping and sailing so he's looking forward to exploring everything Marlborough has to offer with his family whilst delivering a top quality equine veterinary service to the area.

We will have more information in late January / early February as to the date he will be available for appointments.

165 Alabama Road, Blenheim

Phone: 578 6965  Fax: 578 6960

Email: clinic@vetsoa.co.nz

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