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Equine Veterinary Clinic 

horse-equine-hospital.jpg Our highly skilled equine team offers a broad range of medical and surgical expertise. You can bring your horse in by appointment or ask your vet to refer your horse to us in difficult cases.

Our services

  • 24 hour intensive care
  • Computerised tomography (CT) to image head and limbs
  • Dynamic endoscopy to investigate poor performance and upper airway problems.
  • Medical expertise in gastroenterology, neurology, ophthalmology, respiratory disease, cardiology, poor performance, behavioural problems, neonatology and critical care medicine.
  • Video endoscopes allow visualisation of the horse’s pharynx, trachea, oesophagus and stomach.
  • Colour ultrasound for imaging soft tissue including tendons, the heart, abdominal organs and internal reproductive organs.
  • Digital radiography to x-ray limbs, neck, chest and skull.
  • Surgery by surgical specialists for emergency and elective surgical procedures.
  • Orthopaedic surgery including arthroscopy (key-hole joint surgery) and fracture repairs. 
  • Soft tissue surgery including castrations, cryptorchids, tie-back operations and colic surgery.
  • Reproductive services are offered in-house, including breeding with frozen semen.

Our team

Our senior equine clinicians are supported by experienced and qualified anaesthetists, nurses, technicians, clinical pathologists, and diagnostic imaging specialists allowing us to provide 24-hour intensive care.

Clinic hours: Monday to Friday 8.00 am to 4.30 pm 


For appointments please contact us on

Tel (06) 350 5328
Fax (06) 350 5747 


For all out-of-hours emergencies call
Tel (06) 350 5328
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Contact details +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 85164

Prof Chris Riley

Professor of Equine Clinical Studies

School of Veterinary Science

Chris is an internationally recognised registered specialist veterinary surgeon, researcher and educator with over 30 years of experience in these fields. He teaches clinical and didactic courses in equine surgery and clinical practice, and research skills. In addition to his extensive undergraduate teaching experience, he has trained a number of veterinary specialists, masters and doctoral postgraduates. His research experience is broad. During last 20 years his scientific research has focused on the development of biomedical tests for animal and human diseases using the emerging technologies such as infrared spectroscopy. For example, this is included a multimillion dollar project investigating immunity and immunoglobulins in  serum and milk from human mothers and babies, cattle, horses, alpacas and dogs. Other work has focused on osteoarthritis diagnosis and regenerative medicine technologies. During the past few years he has increasingly focused on animal welfare, and the human-animal risk paradigm. This has included identifying factors associated with horse welfare during transport, large animal related injuries to students and animal owners, and the risks that animal rescuers are exposed to in emergency and disaster relief situations. An internationally recognised specialist in horse and farm animal surgery, he has trained and led veterinary humanitarian teams to developing countries, as well as training veterinarians in Australia, Canada, Haiti, New Zealand, Peru, Sri Lanka and Thailand. These activities reflect his parallel interests in animal and human welfare, and a desire to use veterinary expertise and perform research that benefits people and all domesticated species.  He is currently manager and a member of Massey’s Veterinary Emergency Response Team, and is working with colleagues to better understand the role of agencies in protecting animal welfare and reducing human risk in emergencies and disasters

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Contact details

  • Ph: 85164
    Location: 3.01, Veterinary Science
    Campus: Turitea

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Infrared spectroscopy; biomarkers for immunoglobulins, milk, equine welfare and transportation, biomarkers for osteoarthritis, humoural and neonatal immunity, equine related injury, antimicrobial resistance

Research Opportunities

  • Equine related injury to people  (01/03/2017) Aim: to gain an understanding of factors that contribute to equine related injuries, so that effective hazard mitigation strategies can be developed


21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being, Future Food Systems

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000):
Analytical Biochemistry (060101):
Analytical Chemistry (030100): Analytical Spectrometry (030101):
Biochemistry and Cell Biology (060100): Biological Sciences (060000):
Chemical Science (030000): Cheminformatics and Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationships (030404):
Education (130000):
Immunological and Bioassay Methods (030104): Medicinal and Biomolecular Chemistry (030400)


Biomarkers, immunoglobulins, equine welfare, transport, injury, osteoarthritis, humoural immunity, animal associted injuries to people, animal rescue, disaster, milk

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 4 13
Team Member 0 2

Completed Projects

Project Title: Vet X: The Maori and Pasifika Vet Science & Technology Experience

Date Range: 2016 - 2017

Funding Body: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Consultancy and Languages


  • English
    Last used: Current
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent
  • Te Reo
    Last used: Current
    Spoken ability: Needs work
    Written ability: Needs work

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Statement

Equine surgery, equine medicine

MVM Equine Imaging

Undegraduate research skills training

Courses Coordinated

  • 227.417 Small Animal and Equine Medicine, Surgery and Therapeutics III

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 2 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Luca Panizzi - Doctor of Philosophy
    Biomarker profiling of biologic fluids and tissues from horses with induced carpal osteoarthritis
  • Jennifer Kamm - Doctor of Philosophy
    Characterization of allogeneic stem cells and selection of cells appropriate for equine orthopaedic diseases

Media and Links


  • 24 Apr 2015 - Online
    International partnership treat cartilage disease
    Online report of NZ (Massey and Otago) - Korean (National Seoul University) partnership funded by MBIE looking int stem cell resurfacing of cartilage on a NZ-designed printed scaffold
  • 06 Nov 2014 - Newspaper, Online
    Cup deaths freak tragedy, say vets
    Interview for experrt opinion after tragic horse ijnury at the Melbourne Cup horse race event
  • 06 Dec 2014 - Television
    Rural Delivery
    Series 10, Episode 40: Diagnosing common horse problems at Massey's new Equine Veterinary Clinic. Interview by Rural Delivery on lameness locator and dynamic endoscope at Massey's Equie Veterinary Cli
  • 01 May 2013 - Television
    The Animal Files. Series 1, Episode 2 Screentime
    Reality televison series. Feature story about my treatment of a perfomance horse with a facial tumour (sarcoid)

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