A canine patient, actually an animal ‘actor’, poses with the Sustainable Vets team in their new examination room

Big-picture view of animal health

by Andy Bryenton

With more than a quarter century of experience behind him, local veterinarian Graeme Ewenson is proud of his decision to commit his skills to help the community by opening a mixed practice serving both livestock and companion animals. His new practice Sustainable Vets is now fully operational, and he’s assembled a team to help take care of creatures large and small.

It all began with Graeme’s upbringing and education. He grew up on a Ruawai dairy farm and went on to study at Massey University, branching out into the world of vet science. Passionate about rural New Zealand and with a mind towards helping generate better outcomes for farmers and their animals, he has dedicated his professional career to the principle blazoned on his signage, sustainable veterinary practice. Sustainable in this sense means a broader, big-picture approach to animal health, starting at what is a grassroots level. It leads on to great results for both livestock, land and the people who care for them, as well as profitability. Farmers have seen the benefits, and so Graeme’s practice has grown.

Growing, too, has been his new ‘home base’ in Dargaville. Construction is now complete on facilities for small animals, and Graeme has gathered a top team to assist him. Senior vet Chris brings 16 years of experience in mixed practice vet medicine. Veterinary nurse Danica is fully qualified and there to help care for patients of most any species.

Meanwhile, the front desk and administration role are ably taken care of by Odette, who also comes to the practice with a background in nursing.

Together, they have assembled a world-class facility with the latest equipment. Graeme says that his decision to open his new practice came after the community asked for his holistic approach to animal medicine. He aims to bring value, results and new ideas to the field, and both he and his team are dedicated to better health for all our local animals, be they productive livestock or beloved pets.

Sustainable Vets is open now on Dargaville’s Normanby Street.