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Welcome to Vetspecs - Veterinary Specialists

Small Animal Specialist Surgical Veterinary Facility

Vetspecs is the South Island's only Small Animal Surgical Specialist Veterinary Centre.  Formed in 1999, Vetspecs was a stand-alone service until March 2008 whereupon we joined forces with the Afterhours Clinic; a first and only in the South Island, aimed at providing a genuine 24 hour care facility. We provide advanced specialist skills, expertise and equipment enabling us to give the best possible care and choice for our clients and their pets.  Our ethos is one of true compassion from a supportive team that really cares.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm. 


Welcome Back Aparna Tikekar 

After graduating from Bombay Veterinary College in 2003, Aparna worked at the Bombay SPCA hospital for two years while studying for a Masters degree in Veterinary Surgery. She then spent a year working at a wild animal rescue and rehabilitation centre in her home town of Pune, India. The desire to further enhance her skills motivated her to move to the UK, where she obtained membership to the prestigious Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS) by passing the statutory membership examinations in June 2009. Following her time in the UK, Aparna spent a year in general practice in Singapore. Thereon, she moved to Palmerston North, New Zealand and completed a rotating internship at the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Aparna joined Vetspecs in early 2012 as the Merial Ancare surgical intern. This position was transitioned into a 3-year residency in small animal surgery. Since finishing her residency training, Aparna has worked as locum surgeon at various veterinary specialist hospitals in New Zealand and Australia. She moved back to Christchurch in May 2017 and has joined the team at Vetspecs and taken on the role of surgical registrar. Aparna aims to sit the ANZCVS fellowship examinations in 2018 and will be studying hard over the coming year.

During her spare time, Aparna enjoys connecting with her family and friends spread across the planet. She recharges herself with cinema, music, cooking, painting and has most recently taken up furniture-making!