Freephone: 0800 817 926

Covid-19 Lockdown Update

Wherever you are currently spending the lockdown, we hope that you are managing well with the impact of COVID-19. Even though veterinary practices have been given the status of being able to provide “essential services” during the lockdown, following advice given to us by the New Zealand Veterinary Association, Animal Dermatology Canterbury will not be seeing patients at the Avonhead or Woodend clinics during the lockdown. We have put together some information to help you know when and how to get in touch with us and how we will remain available for you:

Our 0800 817 926 number and email address will be checked daily by our nurse Paula and our vets Dr Lee and Dr Sylvia.

PHONE CONSULTATIONS with our vets can be arranged and will be charged at $60.

REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS can be ordered and processed. Please be patient if this takes longer than normal, as we are working remotely. We would prefer to courier these to you directly but can organise medications for collection if they are urgently required. Please note, the pick-up location is Rangiora Vet Centre, 181 Lehmans Road, RD1 Rangiora, 7471. We ask that you please call the clinic when you arrive, on 03 313 7438. If you are running low on immunotherapy vaccine, please contact us and we will advise you.

There may be situations when your animal’s skin condition is causing unexpected discomfort and is classified as “urgent”; and the problem cannot be resolved over the phone. Ear infections fall into this “urgent” category. In this case, we at Animal Dermatology Canterbury, in conjunction with operating vet clinics, do have options and protocols in place to see your pet. We don’t want your pet to suffer any undue pain and stress due to the current restrictions.

If you have any queries please contact us on 0800 817 926 or at


Animal Dermatology Canterbury


This branch of Animal Dermatology NZ referral service started in 2001, and has been sold by Duncan Graham. Like Duncan, the new skin veterinarians are not specialists, but vets with a particular interest in and considerable experience and expertise in the diagnosis and management of skin disease in animals. This includes allergic skin conditions, recurrent ear infections and unusual presentations of a dermatological nature.

Lee Williams BSc, BVSc and Sylvia McLean BAgSc BVSc will be accepting referral cases from Canterbury and West Coast veterinarians and are available on a weekly basis at Woodend and Avonhead Vet Clinics respectively.

Animal Dermatology Canterbury deals solely with companion animal skin diseases. A referral may lead to more detailed investigations to reach a diagnosis of the skin problem and will include discussion of treatment/management options.


0800 817 926


03 312 8389

North Canterbury
Wednesday appointments
Located at: RVC Woodend Clinic
138 Main North Road
Woodend 7610

Friday appointments
Located at: Avonhead Vets
207 Withells Rd, Avonhead
Christchurch 8042

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