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5 days ago
Veterinary Specialists Aotearoa

๐Ÿพ โ„๐•–๐•ž๐•–๐•ž๐•“๐•–๐•ฃ ๐•‹๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•˜๐•’๐•ฃ๐• ๐•’? ๐Ÿพ

This gorgeous boy returned to VSA for reevaluation 6 weeks following spinal surgery. Richard is very pleased with not only Tangaroaโ€™s progress but also with his amazing haircut!
Tangaroa will be back to see our physio team so he continues to gain good strength in his back legs.

Kia kaha Tangaroa, we are all so proud of you.
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๐Ÿพ โ„๐•–๐•ž๐•–๐•ž๐•“๐•–๐•ฃ ๐•‹๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•˜๐•’๐•ฃ๐• ๐•’? ๐Ÿพ 

This gorgeous boy returned to VSA for reevaluation 6 weeks following spinal surgery. Richard is very pleased with not only Tangaroaโ€™s progress but also with his amazing haircut! 
Tangaroa will be back to see our physio team so he continues to gain good strength in his back legs.

Kia kaha Tangaroa, we are all so proud of you.

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Richard is a super skilled surgeon. Our Labrador Nessa owes her life to him after the cancer surgery he did on her eye area over 5 1/2 years ago. She’s 13 years old now with not a care in the world. Trotting along on her walks and still as bonkers was ever ๐Ÿ˜‚Thank you for much Richard and the whole VSA team xx

Love that hairdo ! Not Richards’s !

Richard a photogenic shot. Wow!

Love this photo

2 weeks ago
Veterinary Specialists Aotearoa

๐Ÿพ ๐•„๐•–๐•–๐•ฅ โ„๐•–๐•š๐••๐•š ๐Ÿพ

Heidi is a 10 year old Golden Retriever X and came to see Dr. Richard Jerram back in December 2020 for investigation of persistent right forelimb lameness.

In January, Heidi had a CT of her elbows which seemed to point towards a mild case of septic arthritis. Heidi was sent home with a treatment plan and when Richard rechecked her a couple of weeks later her lameness had resolved – awesome news! โญ๏ธ

Well, fast forward 6 months and earlier this week, Heidi was back to see Richard as her lameness has started to bother her again.

After Heidi made sure she fully inspected her previous CT images and radiologists report (swipe across!), she was scheduled for a surgical procedure for Dr. Jerram to be able to fully explore her elbow joint and help solve this mystery!

Keep an eye on our page for an update when Heidi returns next week, we canโ€™t wait for cuddles ๐Ÿพ

Veterinary Associates Takanini
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๐Ÿพ ๐•„๐•–๐•–๐•ฅ โ„๐•–๐•š๐••๐•š ๐Ÿพ 

Heidi is a 10 year old Golden Retriever X and came to see Dr. Richard Jerram back in December 2020 for investigation of persistent right forelimb lameness. 

In January, Heidi had a CT of her elbows which seemed to point towards a mild case of septic arthritis. Heidi was sent home with a treatment plan and when Richard rechecked her a couple of weeks later her lameness had resolved - awesome news! โญ๏ธ 

Well, fast forward 6 months and earlier this week, Heidi was back to see Richard as her lameness has started to bother her again. 

After Heidi made sure she fully inspected her previous CT images and radiologists report (swipe across!), she was scheduled for a surgical procedure for Dr. Jerram to be able to fully explore her elbow joint and help solve this mystery!

Keep an eye on our page for an update when Heidi returns next week, we canโ€™t wait for cuddles ๐Ÿพ

Veterinary Associates Takanini

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Go we Heidi – you’re in the best hands.

We always knew you were the best Vet ever

1 month ago
Veterinary Specialists Aotearoa

๐Ÿพ ๐•„๐•–๐•–๐•ฅ ๐•‹๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•˜๐•’๐•ฃ๐• ๐•’ ๐Ÿพ

Tangaroa is a 9 year old Pekingese who was referred to Dr. Richard Jerram from Western Veterinary Clinic (Avondale), after his owners had noticed his left hind limb was lacking strength and Tangaroa had lost his motivation to go for walks ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿป

After a full musculoskeletal and gait assessment, as well as putting Tangaroa through some more targeted neurological tests, it was decided that a CT scan would be the best diagnostic tool moving forward to help localise and identify specifically what was going on with Tangaroa.

The CT scan of Tangaroaโ€™s spine revealed that he had widespread intervertebral disc degeneration – even though there were multiple sites of mild spinal cord compression, the site of greatest significance was in Tangaroaโ€™s lumbar spine and this was the site contributing to his left hind limb weakness. After his day stay, Tangaroa was able to go home and was scheduled for surgical intervention at a later date.

After Dr. Jerram had performed a hemilaminectomy of the L2/3 site, Tangaroa stayed with us in hospital for 1 night and the following day where he received inpatient Physiotherapy with Georgia. We were pleased to be able to send Tangaroa home with his awesome owners relatively soon, as he was doing so well post-op โ€“ what a champion! ๐Ÿ†

Tangaroa is now 2 weeks post-op and is coming to see Georgia for Physiotherapy each week to help him on his road to recovery. At the 6 week mark, Tangaroa will return for recheck with Dr. Jerram to make sure he is progressing as expected post-op โ€“ we canโ€™t wait to see how he continues to improve! ๐Ÿพ
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๐Ÿพ  ๐•„๐•–๐•–๐•ฅ ๐•‹๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•˜๐•’๐•ฃ๐• ๐•’  ๐Ÿพ 

Tangaroa is a 9 year old Pekingese who was referred to Dr. Richard Jerram from Western Veterinary Clinic (Avondale), after his owners had noticed his left hind limb was lacking strength and Tangaroa had lost his motivation to go for walks ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿป

After a full musculoskeletal and gait assessment, as well as putting Tangaroa through some more targeted neurological tests, it was decided that a CT scan would be the best diagnostic tool moving forward to help localise and identify specifically what was going on with Tangaroa.  

The CT scan of Tangaroaโ€™s spine revealed that he had widespread intervertebral disc degeneration - even though there were multiple sites of mild spinal cord compression, the site of greatest significance was in Tangaroaโ€™s lumbar spine and this was the site contributing to his left hind limb weakness. After his day stay, Tangaroa was able to go home and was scheduled for surgical intervention at a later date.  

After Dr. Jerram had performed a hemilaminectomy of the L2/3 site, Tangaroa stayed with us in hospital for 1 night and the following day where he received inpatient Physiotherapy with Georgia. We were pleased to be able to send Tangaroa home with his awesome owners relatively soon, as he was doing so well post-op โ€“ what a champion! ๐Ÿ†

Tangaroa is now 2 weeks post-op and is coming to see Georgia for Physiotherapy each week to help him on his road to recovery. At the 6 week mark, Tangaroa will return for recheck with Dr. Jerram to make sure he is progressing as expected post-op โ€“ we canโ€™t wait to see how he continues to improve! ๐Ÿพ

๐Ÿšง MOUNT ALBERT MAINTENANCE ๐Ÿšง

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused whilst we carry out urgent maintenance works at our Mt. Albert hospital.

Repairs are currently underway in our Mt. Albert reception, waiting areas, and consult rooms which will unfortunately cause slight disruption to our normal front of house services this week.

For you and your petโ€™s comfort and safety, all appointments with our clinical teams will be operating in a somewhat contactless manner as we will not be allowing clients inside of the hospital during this period.

If you have a scheduled appointment, you will receive a text message prior to your visit with instructions of what to do when you arrive at the hospital.

For any unscheduled visits, collection of prescriptions etc, please wait in your vehicle and contact us on (09) 845 5455 or (09) 320 5645 and our team will assist you.

We appreciate your patience and understanding in helping us keep you and our patients safe.

As always, if you have any questions then please email us info@vsnz.co.nz or call (09) 845 5455 – weโ€™re here to help! ๐Ÿพ
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2 months ago
Veterinary Specialists Aotearoa

๐Ÿฉบ ๐•„๐•–๐•–๐•ฅ ๐”ป๐•ฃ. ๐”ธ๐•๐•–๐•ฉ ๐•Ž๐•’๐•๐•œ๐•–๐•ฃ ๐Ÿฉบ

Alex is a Director here at VSA and can be found working across both our Auckland locations.
As part of the surgical team, Alexโ€™s clinical week includes a mixture of consults and surgical procedures.
As well as being a huge support to the VSA team, Alex is also known for his uncanny ability to break his own rules!
Despite this, we wouldnโ€™t be without his wicked sense of humour ๐Ÿฅ
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๐Ÿฉบ ๐•„๐•–๐•–๐•ฅ ๐”ป๐•ฃ. ๐”ธ๐•๐•–๐•ฉ ๐•Ž๐•’๐•๐•œ๐•–๐•ฃ ๐Ÿฉบ

Alex is a Director here at VSA and can be found working across both our Auckland locations.
As part of the surgical team, Alexโ€™s clinical week includes a mixture of consults and surgical procedures.
As well as being a huge support to the VSA team, Alex is also known for his uncanny ability to break his own rules!
Despite this, we wouldnโ€™t be without his wicked sense of humour ๐Ÿฅ

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Maj says hello and is rocking it 5 months post op. Also breaking rules ๐ŸพHuge thanks to Alex, Damian and team for getting Maj back.

Not only the nicest guy but a brilliant surgeon!!

We love Alex. Dr Spock ๐Ÿ˜‚

๐Ÿพ ๐•„๐•–๐•–๐•ฅ ๐•๐•–๐•ฅ ๐Ÿพ

Jet came to visit us in Auckland all the way from Christchurch back in March for a consultation with Dr. Richard Jerram, for further investigation of ongoing spinal issues.

After a CT scan, it was confirmed that Jet had a severe lumbosacral instability among other vertebral anomalies, including scoliosis.

It was agreed that if Jet was going to be able to feel more comfortable, he needed surgery to stabilise the lumbosacral space and so the planning began.

The series of Jetโ€™s CT images were sent to Dr. Andrew Worth (Massey University) in order for a custom 3D-printed hybrid titanium implant to be made.

Jet returned to our Sylvia Park hospital at the beginning of this week for surgery with Dr. Jerram & Dr. Kyle Clark and after a post-operative CT showed the implant was sitting correctly (see photo/video in comments), Jet was taken to recover in his comfy bed with his nursing team monitoring him.

Jet has been receiving daily Physiotherapy treatment and has especially enjoyed snoozing in the afternoon sun whilst receiving his treatments from Ashley and Georgia!

Weโ€™re happy to say that after his 5 night Auckland getaway, Jet will be heading home to Christchurch tomorrow to enjoy the long weekend with his awesome family and continue his rehabilitation. ๐ŸŽ‰

Weโ€™ll miss having you around Jet, but weโ€™re already looking forward to catching up with you at your 6 week review with Richard!
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๐Ÿพ ๐•„๐•–๐•–๐•ฅ ๐•๐•–๐•ฅ ๐Ÿพ 

Jet came to visit us in Auckland all the way from Christchurch back in March for a consultation with Dr. Richard Jerram, for further investigation of ongoing spinal issues. 

After a CT scan, it was confirmed that Jet had a severe lumbosacral instability among other vertebral anomalies, including scoliosis. 

It was agreed that if Jet was going to be able to feel more comfortable, he needed surgery to stabilise the lumbosacral space and so the planning began. 

The series of Jetโ€™s CT images were sent to Dr. Andrew Worth (Massey University) in order for a custom 3D-printed hybrid titanium implant to be made.

Jet returned to our Sylvia Park hospital at the beginning of this week for surgery with Dr. Jerram & Dr. Kyle Clark and after a post-operative CT showed the implant was sitting correctly (see photo/video in comments), Jet was taken to recover in his comfy bed with his nursing team monitoring him.

Jet has been receiving daily Physiotherapy treatment and has especially enjoyed snoozing in the afternoon sun whilst receiving his treatments from Ashley and Georgia!

Weโ€™re happy to say that after his 5 night Auckland getaway, Jet will be heading home to Christchurch tomorrow to enjoy the long weekend with his awesome family and continue his rehabilitation. ๐ŸŽ‰ 

Weโ€™ll miss having you around Jet, but weโ€™re already looking forward to catching up with you at your 6 week review with Richard!

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What a brave doggie Sue. Glade he came through it well. Amazing!!๐Ÿฆฎ๐Ÿฆฎ๐Ÿฆฎ

Oh, wow! Amazing, Sue Jenkinson! So pleased you’re home for the weekend. Molly is especially impressed! Take care wee man! Will come to visit soon.

Incredible stuff. All the best Jet. You got this.๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ

Nice recovery Jet!!! You are the cutest bionic bulldog I have ever met – have a safe trip home,

Darling, lucky boy! What wonderful doggie parents you are. Such a good outcome.

Wonderful news..so pleased you are on your way home..xx Megan Ireland is this the special wee man you were talking about..xx

What a wonderful story Jet! We hope you're feeling your 'old but new' self in no time. Hugz to mum. Xx

Amazing x

YAHOO

How incredible thankyou for saving the most gorgeous French bulldog? Humans next

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We are pleased to announce that this September, we will be opening a brand new purpose built specialist veterinary hospital in Addington, Christchurch!
This will make it easier for everyone in the South Island to get access to specialist vet care, should they need it ๐Ÿ™‚

This also means we will now be called Veterinary Specialists Aotearoa.

We are still the same people in the same company with the same friendly service and commitment to your pets. Now with two hospitals in Auckland and one coming soon to Christchurch.

-The Veterinary Specialist Aotearoa team
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We are pleased to announce that this September, we will be opening a brand new purpose built specialist veterinary hospital in Addington, Christchurch! 
This will make it easier for everyone in the South Island to get access to specialist vet care, should they need it :)
 
This also means we will now be called Veterinary Specialists Aotearoa. 

We are still the same people in the same company with the same friendly service and commitment to your pets.  Now with two hospitals in Auckland and one coming soon to Christchurch. 
 
-The Veterinary Specialist Aotearoa team

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Love the new name, what a great moment for VSA! โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰

That’s fantastic news ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿพ

Yay…welcome to the South Island๐Ÿ˜€

Samantha This would be amazing for you! You would love it!

Bex Beswick ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ

Amazing news! ๐Ÿ’ช

Nik Whitehouse

Lisa Duff

That’s awesome news!! Yay!!

Miriama Graham

Ash Wallace

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๐Ÿพ ๐•„๐•–๐•–๐•ฅ ๐”ป๐•’๐•š๐•ค๐•ช ๐Ÿพ

Daisy was referred by the team at Auckland Pet Hospital to see Dr. Michael Nawrocki when she had become lame in her left hind leg following a play at the beach.

A CT scan of the left hind limb showed that Daisy had unfortunately sustained severe, highly comminuted fractures (thatโ€™s lots of tiny pieces) of the central and 4th tarsal bones, as well as a chip fracture of the 5th metatarsal bone – ouch! After a discussion with Daisyโ€™s owners, Michael went ahead and stabilised Daisyโ€™s tarsus by performing a partial tarsal arthrodesis. Post-operative radiographs taken immediately after surgery confirmed successful tarsal stabilisation and Daisy was able to be taken to recover in her comfy bed.

After two nights in hospital, an inpatient Physiotherapy session with Ashley and lots of cuddles from the nursing team, Daisy was discharged to her awesome owners for 6 weeks of recovery.

Daisy was such a lovely Greyhound to have around, she gives the best cuddles and we canโ€™t wait to see her back for her bandage changes and rechecks with Michael & the Physio team!
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๐Ÿพ ๐•„๐•–๐•–๐•ฅ ๐”ป๐•’๐•š๐•ค๐•ช ๐Ÿพ 

Daisy was referred by the team at Auckland Pet Hospital to see Dr. Michael Nawrocki when she had become lame in her left hind leg following a play at the beach.

A CT scan of the left hind limb showed that Daisy had unfortunately sustained severe, highly comminuted fractures (thatโ€™s lots of tiny pieces)  of the central and 4th tarsal bones, as well as a chip fracture of the 5th metatarsal bone - ouch! After a discussion with Daisyโ€™s owners, Michael went ahead and stabilised Daisyโ€™s tarsus by performing a partial tarsal arthrodesis. Post-operative radiographs taken immediately after surgery confirmed successful tarsal stabilisation and Daisy was able to be taken to recover in her comfy bed.

After two nights in hospital, an inpatient Physiotherapy session with Ashley and lots of cuddles from the nursing team, Daisy was discharged to her awesome owners for 6 weeks of recovery.

Daisy was such a lovely Greyhound to have around, she gives the best cuddles and we canโ€™t wait to see her back for her bandage changes and rechecks with Michael & the Physio team!

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Get better soon Daisy ๐Ÿ™‚ you are a lucky hound to have found your new home with the very best vet care ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ’•

Yay Michael!

Thanks for looking after sweet Daisy for us!! ๐ŸŒผ

๐Ÿพ ๐•„๐•–๐•–๐•ฅ ๐”น๐•ฆ๐••๐••๐•ช ๐Ÿพ

VSA first met Buddy in April 2019 when he was referred from VetCare Te Rapa. Buddy had become lame on one of his back legs and after some investigation at his GP clinic he was referred to Dr. Richard Jerram, with the suspicion that there was a bone tumour growing in his leg.

After his initial consult with Richard, Buddy was scheduled for a CT scan and a bone biopsy of the area of concern. After a day in hospital, he was sent home none the wiser except for a bandaged leg where the biopsy was taken.

Unfortunately for Buddy and his owner, the results of his CT scan and biopsy confirmed the presence of an osteosarcoma in his left tibia. Luckily for Buddy, the cancer had not spread to his lungs or abdomen and so he was a good candidate for ongoing treatment.

After a thorough discussion with Richard, Buddyโ€™s owner decided that the best course of action was to amputate the affected leg and start chemotherapy with our internal medicine team. Buddyโ€™s left hind leg was amputated 4 weeks after his first appointment with us. Being a true superstar and not letting his new โ€œtripawdโ€ status get the better of him, Buddy recovered well from his surgery and was discharged at 3 days post-op.

Buddy returned to VSA to start his chemotherapy protocol with Dr. Mike Coleman 4 weeks after having the amputation. Buddy and his owner would then make the journey from Hamilton to see Mike every 4 weeks, until he โ€œgraduatedโ€ after 5 treatments.

Buddy truly touched the hearts of everyone at VSA, every department got the chance to help him through his journey – from our awesome admin team to the Surgery, Radiology, Medicine, A&E and Physio departments.

We were all so excited when his owner emailed us recently to let us know how Buddy was doing. We received the following message and we could not be prouder of Buddy, his awesome Mum and our team for getting him where he is today.

โ€œLiving his best life – still runs at 27kph, swims (in the Waikato river which has a strong current, he even goes against the current!), gets muddy and stinky on the farm, sleeps upside down on the lazyboy, shares my bed and still loves his Mumma.

Thanks to everyone – Richard, Mike, Dagmara – you saved my best friends life, he beat the odds to make 2 years and no signs of cancer! We love you all!!!

Iโ€™m sure you see a lot of sad times, so I am really happy to share this happy milestone with you.โ€
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๐Ÿพ ๐•„๐•–๐•–๐•ฅ ๐”น๐•ฆ๐••๐••๐•ช ๐Ÿพ 

VSA first met Buddy in April 2019 when he was referred from VetCare Te Rapa. Buddy had become lame on one of his back legs and after some investigation at his GP clinic he was referred to Dr. Richard Jerram, with the suspicion that there was a bone tumour growing in his leg.

After his initial consult with Richard, Buddy was scheduled for a CT scan and a bone biopsy of the area of concern. After a day in hospital, he was sent home none the wiser except for a bandaged leg where the biopsy was taken.

Unfortunately for Buddy and his owner, the results of his CT scan and biopsy confirmed the presence of an osteosarcoma in his left tibia. Luckily for Buddy, the cancer had not spread to his lungs or abdomen and so he was a good candidate for ongoing treatment.

After a thorough discussion with Richard, Buddyโ€™s owner decided that the best course of action was to amputate the affected leg and start chemotherapy with our internal medicine team. Buddyโ€™s left hind leg was amputated 4 weeks after his first appointment with us. Being a true superstar and not letting his new โ€œtripawdโ€ status get the better of him, Buddy recovered well from his surgery and was discharged at 3 days post-op.

Buddy returned to VSA to start his chemotherapy protocol with Dr. Mike Coleman 4 weeks after having the amputation. Buddy and his owner would then make the journey from Hamilton to see Mike every 4 weeks, until he โ€œgraduatedโ€ after 5 treatments.

Buddy truly touched the hearts of everyone at VSA, every department got the chance to help him through his journey - from our awesome admin team to the Surgery, Radiology, Medicine, A&E and Physio departments.

We were all so excited when his owner emailed us recently to let us know how Buddy was doing. We received the following message and we could not be prouder of Buddy, his awesome Mum and our team for getting him where he is today.

โ€œLiving his best life - still runs at 27kph, swims (in the Waikato river which has a strong current, he even goes against the current!), gets muddy and stinky on the farm, sleeps upside down on the lazyboy, shares my bed and still loves his Mumma.

Thanks to everyone - Richard, Mike, Dagmara - you saved my best friends life, he beat the odds to make 2 years and no signs of cancer! We love you all!!!

Iโ€™m sure you see a lot of sad times, so I am really happy to share this happy milestone with you.โ€

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Interesting tumour location! Nice job team VSA ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿถ

So cool Sandi, he’s a fabulous mate for you and we hope for many more years !

So proud of you both the journey you both have been through together truley is an inspiration to kruiz and i….much love

Natalie Nicholson great job rob and team! โค๏ธ

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3 months ago
Veterinary Specialists Aotearoa

๐Ÿพ ๐•„๐•–๐•–๐•ฅ ๐•ƒ๐• ๐•œ๐•š ๐Ÿพ.

Loki is a gorgeous 17-week-old Ragdoll kitten who was admitted to our Sylvia Park hospital after presenting to our VS A&E team with obvious trauma to his left hindlimb. Radiographs taken confirmed that he had broken his distal tibia.
He stayed with the VS A&E team over the weekend and was then referred to Dr Richard Jerram for surgery. Loki was discharged back to his owners with the latest in kitten accessories, a bandage and an e-collar!
Loki, we canโ€™t wait to see you back each week for bandage changes and kitten snuggles!
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๐Ÿพ ๐•„๐•–๐•–๐•ฅ ๐•ƒ๐• ๐•œ๐•š ๐Ÿพ.                          

Loki is a gorgeous 17-week-old Ragdoll kitten who was admitted to our Sylvia Park hospital after presenting to our VS A&E team with obvious trauma to his left hindlimb. Radiographs taken confirmed that he had broken his distal tibia. 
He stayed with the VS A&E team over the weekend and was then referred to Dr Richard Jerram for surgery. Loki was discharged back to his owners with the latest in kitten accessories, a bandage and an e-collar! 
Loki, we canโ€™t wait to see you back each week for bandage changes and kitten snuggles!

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Howdy Dr Jerram. We loved having you as a resident at Texas A&M!!!

Good job Rich!!! What a beautiful kitten!

Well done team. ๐Ÿ‘

Gorgeous kitten! ๐Ÿ’•

4 months ago
Veterinary Specialists Aotearoa

๐Ÿพ สœแด€แด˜แด˜ส แด‡แด€๊œฑแด›แด‡ส€! ๐Ÿพ

Tess, the 2021 VSA Easter Mascot, is here to remind everyone that our dedicated Accident & Emergency department remains OPEN 24/7 over the long weekend. Call ahead anytime on (09) 320 5645 to speak with one of our emergency team should you need us.
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๐Ÿพ สœแด€แด˜แด˜ส แด‡แด€๊œฑแด›แด‡ส€! ๐Ÿพ 

Tess, the 2021 VSA Easter Mascot, is here to remind everyone that our dedicated Accident & Emergency department remains OPEN 24/7 over the long weekend. Call ahead anytime on (09) 320 5645 to speak with one of our emergency team should you need us.

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Happy Easter to you all

She's a real cutie

๐Ÿพ แดแด‡แด‡แด› แด€ส€ษดษชแด‡ ๐Ÿพ

Arnie is a 10 month old Bernese Mountain Dog who presented to Dr Richard Jerram at VSA Sylvia Park after being referred all the way from VetEnt Cromwell in the South Island.

Arnie had a several month history of lameness in both of his front limbs and had recently had a CT scan. The scan had shown evidence of significant elbow dysplasia with fragmentation of the medial coronoid processes on both sides.

Being such a boisterous and excitable puppy, it was difficult for Richard to do a full orthopaedic exam without the help of 3 nurses giving Arnie plenty of cuddles to distract him from what was happening. Richardโ€™s assessment confirmed the CT findings of elbow dysplasia in both of Arnieโ€™s elbows.

Arnie was anaesthetised, prepped for theatre and surgical treatment with bilateral elbow arthroscopy, including fragment removal, and a proximal ulna osteotomy of the right ulna was performed.

Arnie recovered well from surgery and was discharged after spending two nights in hospital. Richard gave Arnie some strict instructions for 6 weeks of confinement. He will then get another set of radiographs done at 6 weeks post op to make sure his ulna is healing well. Richard expects Arnie to make a good recovery and be back to full puppy mode in no time.

Thanks Arnie, you have many fans here at VSA. We canโ€™t wait to hear about your recovery.

To find out more information about Elbow Dysplasia please click on the link below to go to our website-
www.vsahospital.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Elbow-Dysplasia-VSA-FINAL.pdf
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๐Ÿพ แดแด‡แด‡แด› แด€ส€ษดษชแด‡ ๐Ÿพ 

Arnie is a 10 month old Bernese Mountain Dog who presented to Dr Richard Jerram at VSA Sylvia Park after being referred all the way from VetEnt Cromwell in the South Island. 

Arnie had a several month history of lameness in both of his front limbs and had recently had a CT scan. The scan had shown evidence of significant elbow dysplasia with fragmentation of the medial coronoid processes on both sides.

Being such a boisterous and excitable puppy, it was difficult for Richard to do a full orthopaedic exam without the help of 3 nurses giving Arnie plenty of cuddles to distract him from what was happening. Richardโ€™s assessment confirmed the CT findings of elbow dysplasia in both of Arnieโ€™s elbows. 

Arnie was anaesthetised, prepped for theatre and surgical treatment with bilateral elbow arthroscopy, including fragment removal, and a proximal ulna osteotomy of the right ulna was performed.

Arnie recovered well from surgery and was discharged after spending two nights in hospital. Richard gave Arnie some strict instructions for 6 weeks of confinement. He will then get another set of radiographs done at 6 weeks post op to make sure his ulna is healing well. Richard expects Arnie to make a good recovery and be back to full puppy mode in no time.

Thanks Arnie, you have many fans here at VSA. We canโ€™t wait to hear about your recovery.
 
To find out more information about Elbow Dysplasia please click on the link below to go to our website-
https://www.vsahospital.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Elbow-Dysplasia-VSA-FINAL.pdf

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Nothing but grateful for @Dr Richard Jerram and the team at VSA Just amazing company

Arnie is gorgeous! (But note – it’s “Bernese” ๐Ÿ˜)

Hello Arnie, all the very best with your recovery. We are 10 weeks post op at VSA and rocking. You got this ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป.

Awesome stuff Rich and the rest of the VSA team, you guys are awesome. What a beautiful puppy ๐Ÿ˜

Your in great hands Arnie!! Good work team.

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