You can now purchase your pet products from our Kohi Vet Online Store and have them delivered to your doorstep.

Products Available Online Include:
• Pet food (including prescription diet)
• Flea treatment
• Worming treatments
• Treats Cats + Dogs
• Dental Care products
• Shampoo
• Adaptil/Feliway (Products for stressed pets)

The link to our online store is on our website.


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Dr. Russell Tucker
Russell is the senior veterinarian and part-owner of this family-owned business and works full-time at the clinic. Russell is a Board Certified Veterinary Dentist™ and spends the majority of his time attending to Kohimarama Veterinary Clinic patients as well as referral dental cases.

Dr. Vanesa Flagel
Vanesa is well known to many of the clients at Kohimarama Vet Clinic where she worked as a nurse for 3 ½ years. Vanesa is an Argentinian Veterinarian who graduated from the University of Buenos Aires in 2016. After a year of traveling, Vanesa found a home in New Zealand. In April 2021 Vanesa passed the Preliminary (MCQ) Examination of the Australasian Veterinary Exam which allows her to work as a veterinarian under the supervision of Russell Tucker. Vanesa is taking her final examination in November 2022.

Dr. Anindita Basu
Anindita graduated from Massey University in 2021 and commenced employment in May 2022. Apart from work, Anindita enjoys reading, going to the gym, and traveling. She is from the beautiful city of Kolkata and looks forward to getting to know your cherished pets.

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As our pets age, the tissues lining the joints may deteriorate and degenerate. DJD refers to arthritis or osteoarthritis which is the result of this gradual deterioration. As the joint deterioration continues, the joint becomes unstable, leading to ligaments such as the anterior cruciate rupturing.
What are the signs of DJD?
• Sleeping more
• Slower on walks, or not walking as far
• Resent being touched in certain areas
• Accidents in the house, or walking while trying to defecate.
• Taking more time standing up
• Difficulty getting into the car
• Carrying the head or tail lower
• Reluctance to go upstairs
• Sitting with their hind legs stretched out (lazy sit)
• In Auckland the signs of DJD are more obvious when the seasons change, especially during the spring months.

Many dogs with DJD are overweight. If your dog is overweight they must lose weight in a controlled manner. There are several weight-reduction diets available that we supply at Kohimarama Veterinary Clinic. Most of the damage caused by DJD is irreversible. The goals of treatment are to improve the quality of life by minimising pain and discomfort and to delay the progression of the disease. The quality of life can be improved by modifying the environment so that the dog can get around more readily and by providing pain relief.

Modern analgesics
• Non-steroidals are very effective for pain relief. Blood tests are necessary to monitor kidney and liver function
• Gabapentin is an effective drug, especially when given with other medication.
• Antinol™ is a green-lipped mussel extract
• Laser therapy. Class IV Laser enhances the natural healing process by reducing inflammation and pain, and often provides great results. We have had a Class IV Laser at Kohimarama Veterinary Clinic for several years. Appointments can be made with the nurses for a course of laser physiotherapy for your pet.
Can the progression of DJD be slowed?
There are drugs and nutritional supplements that are effective in controlling the destruction of cartilage in dogs with DJD. They work by:
• Improving the blood supply within the joint
• Preventing the formation of some of the harmful enzymes that potentiate the destruction of cartilage within the joint
• Promote the formation of fibrous tissue to heal damaged areas
• Promoting cartilage repair

Two very good products that we have in the clinic are Synovan™ and Synoquin™. Synovan™ helps by stimulating the production of joint fluid thereby improving joint movement.

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1. Have a night in; close all doors, windows, and curtains. Your presence will help relax your pet.
2. Take your dog for a toilet walk before dusk.
3. Drown out the noise with the TV or stereo
4. Food distractions
5. Act natural
6. Get assistance; plan if you need something to reduce your pet’s anxiety:
• Pheromones such as Adaptil™ and Feliway™
• A Thunder Jacket for your pet to wear
• Natural supplements such as Calmex™ and Pet Rescue Remedy
• Stronger relaxants will require a veterinary prescription and should be started well in advance of being required
Call the clinic for advice on what may be best suited for your pet.

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We are open again on Saturdays. Our current hours are 9:00am to 1:00pm.

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Thank you to all our clients for your consideration over the last 3 years of dealing with the Covid Pandemic, which enabled us to keep our clinic open. We are now back to normal clinic open hours and staffing levels and are again in a position to welcome some new clients to our practice.

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Update for clients while we are under traffic light Level Red


We hope you and your pets are staying safe and healthy during this time. Below are some requirements for visiting the clinic whilst we are still in level red.

  • Face masks must be worn inside the clinic ( surgical or N95 masks are recommended )
  • 1 client per patient inside the consult room
  • Scan the QR code at the door
  • Maintain social distancing of 1m at all times inside the clinic
  • Sanitise your hands before entering the consult room
  • Please stay home if you are feeling unwell, or have been directed to isolate and organise for a friend/family member to bring your pet to the clinic

Any questions please give us a call on 09 521 1457 or email us at


Open Hours February are :

8am-5pm Monday to Friday       

Closed Saturday, Sundays and Public Holidays

Our cattery is closed February 2022.

Just a reminder our online store is up and running you can visit the site by going onto our Kohivet website

Out of hours & Emergency



224 Albany Highway

Schnapper Rock, Auckland 0632

Call 09 281 5815


Manukau After Hours

15 Jack Conway Avenue, Manukau City Centre

Auckland 2104

Call 09-277 8383



97 Carrington Road, Mount Albert

Auckland 1025

Call 09-849 2121


VSA EMERGENCY                                        

1 Te Apunga Place Mt Wellington

Auckland 1060

Call 09 320 5645

Over Waitangi weekend AEC and VSA have changes in hours


AEC is 24hrs on 7th,8th,9th February


VSA is 24hrs 6th February and 10th February

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  • Due to stock shortages and supply issues we are experience from COVID we highly recommend you order your pets food and medications early this year.


  • For food, flea and worming treatments we also have an online store the link to this store is on our website (Top right corner of this page)


  • If you don’t have access to the store online please give the clinic a call.


  • Make sure you give the clinic a call to order repeat medication to last your pet over the holiday period


  • Unfortunately our cattery is closed this December 2021 and January 2022.

Clinic Open Hours Currently

8am-12.30pm and 2pm-5pm Monday to Friday

Closed Saturday and Sunday


Clinic Hours 6th December – 24th December

8am-5pm Monday to Friday

Closed Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays


Clinic Closed from 4.30pm the 24th of December until 8am the 5th January 2022


January Hours 5th January onwards

8am-5pm Monday to Friday        

9am-1pm Saturday

Closed Sundays and Public Holidays


After Hours Clinics

ARC VETS  09-281 5815

224 Albany Highway, Schnapper Rock, Auckland 0632


Manukau After Hours 09-277 8383

15 Jack Conway Avenue, Manukau City Centre, Auckland 2104


AEC 09-849 2121

97 Carrington Road, Mount Albert, Auckland 1025

VSA 09-320 5645

1 Te Apunga Place, Mount Wellington, Auckland 1060


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Level Three Open Hours

Monday - Friday: 8am-12.30pm & 2pm-5pm
Saturday:  CLOSED during Covid-19 levels 4 and 3
Sunday & Public Holidays: Closed

In Alert Level 3 you can only enter reception if you have an appointment and you must be wearing a face mask. If you are wanting to purchase product/ repeat scripts, please phone the clinic to organise a collection time.

Clients cannot enter the consult rooms. There are four designated seating areas inside reception. If all four seats are taken, please stay in your car and phone reception 09 521 1457. Only 1 client may enter the clinic with each pet.

In level 3 we can see all of our patients for any treatment they require.
Please either email us on or phone 09 521 1457 to book appointments.

Once you have booked an appointment the pre consult questionnaire below must be filled in before you arrive at the clinic.

The nurse will take your pet into the consult room to see the vet.  Once the consultation is complete, a vet or nurse will come out to the reception and discuss any treatment. Please stay seated and maintain your distance. We can process payments on the eftpos machine inside the clinic.

Please remember to keep your two-meter distance. It is very important that we all stay safe so this clinic can continue operating.

For surgical procedures, we will email you a link to online consent forms the night before surgery. If you are unable fill in these forms online just send an email confirming that you have read the document and that you give your consent.

If you would like to purchase any food or repeat medication, please phone reception so payment can be done over the phone. When you arrive at the clinic, phone us from the car park. A nurse will then place the food/medication on the collection table outside the front door to avoid you coming inside the clinic.
We now have an online store that can deliver your pet’s products to your home


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 You can now purchase your pet products from our Kohi Vet Online Store and have them delivered to your doorstep.

Products Available Online Include:
• Pet food (including prescription diet)
• Flea treatment
• Worming treatments
• Treats Cats + Dogs
• Dental Care products
• Shampoo
• Adaptil/Feliway (Products for stressed pets)

The link to our online store is on our website.

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