PETS After Hours


Please call 03 313 7438 for information first.

The RVC after hours clinic is located at the Rangiora branch, 181 Lehmans Road, Rangiora. There is a separate entrance for the after hours service, at the end of the carpark, left of the main entrance. Please follow the signage.

UPDATE FEBRUARY 2020:   We wish to advise our clients there will be interruptions to our after hours service during February. Due to a recent transfer of a valued staff member to a clinical role at Massey we’re still seeking her replacement.

Filling the role of an after hours emergency vet is a difficult one, due to the vast experience required and non-standard hours of work. An after hours vet is required to tend to animals that can be suffering the effects of a range of complex issues and require intensive veterinary care, they are also frequently called upon to perform surgical procedures with limited support staff.

The worldwide vet shortage has been widely reported over recent years, unfortunately, at this very time, it is directly impacting the service we are able to provide. Immigration NZ has vets listed on their long term skill shortage list, as a result we are working with a number of external agencies, and advertising the role far and wide.

When we are unable to provide the vet service, our afterhours nurse can give telephone advice and direct appropriate cases to the Christchurch afterhours if required.

Thank-you for your patience, while we continue to improve our service - we will keep you posted on staffing developments.


Updated as at Monday 17th February, 2020
Our current after hours service is available: 
Monday  7pm - 1am
Tuesday  7pm - 1am
Wednesday  7pm - 1am
Thursday  7pm - 12am
Friday  7pm - 12am
Saturday  You will be directed to Christchurch After Hours Service
Sunday  You will be directed to Christchurch After Hours Service


When our service is unavailable, you will be referred to:
Christchurch After Hours Service 03 366 1052. 90 Disraeli St, Addington, Christchurch.


Alternatively, if this is not an emergency - you can book an appointment at either of our clinics during normal clinc hours.



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