Farm Services Clinic , Ngā ratonga pāmu

Our clinic in Palmerston North trains the next generation of farm vets. We offer expert treatment for all farm and lifestyle block animals, including on-site and in-clinic consultations.

Contact and hours

Farm Services Clinic


8am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday

Available for emergency appointments 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Phone (including on-call staff after hours)
Emergency phone

+64 6 350 5328 [dial straight through on mobile]


Clinic Manager

Karla Bycroft,

What we do

We offer expert care for livestock and lifestyle animals. As a research-focused clinic we also develop new treatments to improve farm animal health and welfare.

Please call us to discuss your needs.

General practice

We provide routine health care and treatment advice for a range of animals, including:

  • cattle (dairy and beef)
  • sheep
  • goats
  • camelids (llamas and alpacas)
  • pigs
  • deer.

Herd health plans

We offer comprehensive health plans for dairy herds, including:

  • milk quality consultations
  • reproduction and fertility
  • lameness treatment and hoof trimming
  • heifer and calf rearing
  • nutrition care and BCS trace elements tests.

Specialist services

With more specialists than any other clinic in New Zealand, we offer:

  • farm staff training such as spring skills for junior staff
  • post-mortem and clinical pathology services
  • animal welfare assessments
  • consultants for second opinions and specialist care.

Spring information

Pregnancy toxaemia or Ketosis is a common disease in pregnant ewes and goats. If not recognised and treated quickly it can be fatal to the ewe and her lambs.

Make sure your animals have good access to high quality feeds (grass, and baleage), have a good quality energy drench (such as Ketol Extra) in your spring first aid kit, and learn to recognise the early signs of ketosis.

Early veterinary intervention is key to ewe and lamb survival. If you have a sick ewe/doe in late pregnancy or are worried about ketosis, call us for advice as soon as possible.

Livestock emergencies

During office hours, call +64 6 350 5328 then option 1 (Farm Animal Clinic).

After hours or on public holidays, call +64 6 350 5328 then option 3.

Student involvement

Teaching is at the heart of what we do. Final-year veterinary students examine patients, discuss solutions with clients, and work with clinicians to resolve challenging cases.

By using our services, you are giving Massey students hands-on opportunities to learn.

What our students say

“Staff always take the time to explain what they’re doing and why they do it … when there’s a good case to learn from, they arrange for us be involved.”

“Farmers are always comfortable with us students asking ‘dumb’ questions, and they’re also very friendly.”

Farm Services Clinic roster students

Our team at work

Find us

Massey Farm Services Clinic
University Avenue
Palmerston North 4474

Meet the team


Finley Koolhoven

Senior Practicing Veterinarian in Dairy Cattle Health and Production, School of Veterinary Science

Courtney Tarttelin

Practicing Veterinarian, Veterinary Clinic and Teaching Hospital
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Dr Kristina Mueller


Senior Veterinarian - Dairy Cattle Health and Production (Tenured Clinical Track), School of Veterinary Science


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Christie Balcomb

Senior Lecturer in Production Animal Health, School of Veterinary Science

Danielle Gifford

Senior Practicing Veterinarian in Dairy Cattle Health and Production, School of Veterinary Science
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Prof Richard Laven

Professor - Production Animal Health and Welfare, School of Veterinary Science

Veterinary techs

Tenneal Prebble

Farm Services Veterinary Technician, School of Veterinary Science

Natalie Butcher

Large Animal Veterinary Technician, School of Veterinary Science


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Jennifer Taylor

Practice Manager - Large Animal Services, School of Veterinary Science

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