Karen Leathem's pooch, Apache, made local history as the first animal to have surgery at the new vet clinic in Pokeno.
What made the the surgery even more poignant is the fact that the vet centre was built on the 'old Leathem farm'.
"It was never our intention to be the first animal to have surgery there," laughs Karen. "I just picked CareVets in Pokeno as it was close to work, and I could pick her up as soon as I finished."
Karen said the new centre is located on the last piece of the original farm that was sold several years ago.
The Leathems immigrated to Pokeno in 1866, and the farm was in the family for nearly 130 years before being sold to make way for the motorway.
"It is just fantastic that Pokeno now has it's own vet centre. It saves us having to drive into town. Apache has fully recovered from being spayed and was very well looked after."
CareVets Pokeno Ltd opened at the end of last year, with the aim of working closely with veterinarians at The Vet Centre Pukekohe, The Vet Centre Waiuku, and Byerley Park horse centre near Karaka, allowing Pokeno’s animal-owners to tap into an impressive network of knowledge and skills.
"I understand that Karen's father-in-law was also a long standing client of the centre, so it is quite poignant that her family pet was the first to have surgery performed," said CareVets director, Keith Houston.
Kevin explained that the new centre, which is run by veterinarian, Emma Hill and vet nurse and clinic receptionist, Jacqui Langley, has received a steady growth so far.
"While we have been servicing majority of the large animal call outs in the area, we are steadily seeing an increase in small animal queries. Although the feedback we are receiving is great. We have had quite a few calls from our lifestyle block small farm clients, who are pleased to have vet centre so close to home."
"This time of the year will see an increase in facial eczema in cloven hoof animals, and fleas for your cats and dogs. Now is the time to make sure flea treatments are topped up and to keep an eye on signs of eczema."
CareVets Pokeno Ltd is located just on the outskirts of the Pokeno township, on Great South Road.
CAPTION: Apache Leathem was the first animal to undergo surgery at the new CareVets Pokeno centre.