We are passionate about providing your pet/s with the best care possible by way of using up to date testing methods, advanced imaging and monitoring equipment, continually upskilling through continued professional development and of course by building a strong relationship and bond with you and your pet.
We provide full life health care for your pet from juvenile right through to end of life with care and compassion.
We offer a wide range of in-house diagnostics to reduce the time spent waiting for lab results so we can get on to treating your pet faster.
Our veterinarian is available 24/7 for emergency advice and treatment so you dont need to worry no matter when your pet gets sick or hurt
Dr. Sophie Bell BVSc
Sophie grew up in Whangarei and after completing secondary school moved to Palmerston North and spent the next 5 years completing a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Massey University. After completing her degree she returned home to Whangarei to work as a veterinarian in small animal practice and raise a family. Sophie's focus is cats and dogs and she has a special interest in birds.
'After having my second child I decided not to return to private practice and instead set up a practice working from home in 2012. Dermatology and dentistry are two topics I have become particularly passionate about and I have enjoyed being able to focus on these more since setting up my own practice. I love my job and this practice allows me to be there for my 4 children while also providing the flexibility and personalised care so appreciated by my loyal clients and patients.'
Laura began her career as a vet nurse in the UK before moving out to New Zealand where she has made a life for herself and her 2 children. Laura enjoys horse riding and is a massage therapist with training in naturopathy.
WE ARE UPDATING OUR VACCINATION PROTOCOLS - Aug 2019
Here at Vet 2 You we are updating our vaccination protocols to align with the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) current vaccination guidelines. The changes we will be making are as follows:
At present for cats we are vaccinating 3 yearly with the Felocell 3 vaccine which covers our feline patients for panleukopenia and cat flu (caused by calicivirus and herpesvirus) as per the manufacturers recommendations. While immunity to panleukopenia is long lasting and 3 yearly revaccination is appropriate the immunity to calicivirus and herpesvirus (cat flu) weakens more rapidly and WSAVA recommends annual revaccination for these viruses. As such we will be adjusting our vaccination protocols accordingly and will now be offering annual boosters with Ducat vaccination for cat flu in the years in between the Felocell 3 boosters. An example of how the vaccination schedule for your cat would now look is as follows:
Year 1 - Felocell 3
Year 2 - Ducat
Year 3 - Ducat
Year 4 - Felocell 3
Year 5 - Ducat
Feline Aids (FIV) remains an optional vaccination requiring blood testing first in adult cats followed by 3 boosters 2 weeks apart then annual revaccination. Kittens who have not had contact with other cats, and so not been at risk of being bitten by an infected cat, do not require the blood testing.
If your cat is currently on the 3 yearly vaccination schedule and you would like them added to the reminder list for the annual ducat vaccination just reply to this email or phone/text and we will set up the reminder for your pet.
Dogs are currently being vaccinated 3 yearly with Vanguard Plus 5 which covers for parvovirus, distemper, parainfluenza and adenovirus type 1&2 (infectious canine hepatitis and respiratory disease) as per the manufacturers recommendations. The duration of immunity can vary quite substantially between individual dogs (particularly if there is any abnormality of the immune system) and also between vaccine components thus some dogs may need revaccination less frequently than 3 yearly and some more frequently. We now have available in clinic testing to determine what levels of immunity a dog has to the 3 main components of the core vaccine (parvo, distemper and ICH) and thus the ability to only be vaccinating dogs as often as required for each individual. While you still have the option of sticking with blind 3 yearly revaccination, the new recommendation will be to perform a VacciCheck blood titre test annually from 12 months after the puppy boosters and vaccination as required if titres are low (ie non-protective).
The Leptospirosis and Kennel Cough vaccinations remain optional and require boosters annually.
If your dog is currently on the 3 yearly schedule and it has been over 12 months since their last Vanguard Plus 5 booster and you would like to have them tested please phone/text to arrange an appointment.
We hope to have the VacciCheck titre testing for cats within the next 12 months but at present this is not available in NZ.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.