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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
Dr Luca Panizzi staff profile picture

Contact details +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 85246

Dr Luca Panizzi

Senior Lecturer in Equine Surgery

School of Veterinary Science

Luca graduated from the University of Parma (Italy) in 2003. After graduation he spent 2 years at Chino Valley Equine Hospital in Chino (California, U.S.A.) where he completed an internship and a fellowship. He then moved to Saskatoon (Canada) where he completed a large animal surgery residency and a Master of Veterinary Science on carpometacarpal osteoarthritis in horses in 2009 at the University of Saskatchewan.

In 2010 he passed the specialty surgery board exam and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He has subsequently worked for 2 years as a clinical associate in large animal surgery at the University of Saskatchewan and 1 year as a clinical instructor in equine surgery and lameness at the University of Montreal (Canada). Luca moved to New Zealand and joined Massey University in October 2012. Luca is a Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery

His main clinical interests are in equine orthopedics and minimally invasive surgeries, but enjoys all aspects of equine surgery. His research interests focus in equine musculoskeletal injuries and joint diseases.

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Contact details

  • Ph: 06-356-9099 ext. 85246
    Location: 1.48, Vet Tower
    Campus: Turitea

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Equine orthopaedics


21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000): Veterinary Sciences (070700): Veterinary Surgery (070711)


Large Animal Surgery

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 1

Research Outputs

Consultancy and Languages


  • Italian
    Last used: Daily
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent
  • English
    Last used: Daily
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent
  • Spanish
    Last used: Weekly
    Spoken ability: Average
    Written ability: Needs work
  • French
    Last used: 2011
    Spoken ability: Needs work
    Written ability: Needs work

Teaching and Supervision

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 1 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Alienor Bardin - Doctor of Philosophy
    Predicting horse limb responses to surface variations with a 3D musculoskeletal model

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