The 4th of March was a special day as we farewelled our longest serving employee Carolyn. Since the formation of the company 23 years ago Carolyn has been the face and voice of Pacificvet Limited greeting clients at reception and on the telephone. This day was very special as Carolyn had served many Poultry clients for nearly 40 years through her prior employment with the company acquired to form Pacificvet Limited. There would be no way of calculating just how many vaccine orders Carolyn has dispatched to Poultry farms throughout New Zealand in her working life. We thank Carolyn for her loyal service and dedication to customers.
Koa has been released from the West Coast Wildlife Centre!
Some great news Koa the Haast tokoeka kiwi has been released to the next stage of rearing. Following the first vaccination for Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae earlier in February Koa was picked up by the Department of Conservation and taken to their outdoor predator proof pre-release pens. Koa will continue to grow and learn to forage naturally, staying there for about 2 months until he/she has had the second vaccination. Once Koa is big and strong and has got used to the outside world the transfer to a crèche island in Fiordland will take place.
Sponsorship News: Presenting "Koa" - meaning Joyful
Koa’s egg was rescued from the Haast Kiwi Sanctuary on 25th November 2014. The egg weighed 492.6g on arrival and the embryo inside was estimated to be 30 days through the 78 day incubation period. Koa’s egg was carefully washed in a disinfectant solution before being transferred to one of the warm, safe incubators. Koa’s egg was closely monitored by the Kiwi Ranger’s throughout the remaining 48 days of incubation at the West Coast Wildlife Centre and hatched at 11:30pm on Monday 12th January 2015. Koa took a total of 5 days to hatch and weighed a healthy 367.8 grams.
Koa was kept cozy and warm in one of the incubators for the first two days while learning to crouch and shuffle. Koa has since grown to become a very active and vocal chick and has been very busy exploring the brooder and snuffling around in the soil. The start to introducing Koa to the artificial kiwi diet has begun, and the chick is already showing some interest, nibbling away at around 15g of food a night.
Koa will stay in a brooder at the WCWC until one month of age before moving out to one of the special pre-release pens built by the Department of Conservation. Once Koa has adapted to the outdoor environment, and is foraging well for food, Koa will be transferred to one of several predator free islands in Fiordland on lakes Manapouri or Te Anau.
Koa will return to the Haast Kiwi Sanctuary once fully grown and adapted to life in the real world. By this time Koa will be able to fend off the kiwi’s main predator – the stoat! Hopefully in the future we will start to see and hear some of Koa’s offspring out in the Haast Kiwi Sanctuary.
Special Announcement Business Manager Appointed
The Joint Managing Partners of Pacificvet are pleased to announce the appointment of Nicholas Conlan as Business Manager. Having previously held leadership roles with Sleepyhead and Dunlop Foam, Nick brings to the business a strong background in Operations, Finance and IT.
Nick attained a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Information Science at Otago University, before joining Sleepyhead as a Graduate. His career quickly progressed through to Branch Manager before he was approached to manage key projects at Sleepyheads Auckland head office. He was then appointed the Site Manager for Dunlop Foams in Auckland, where they made many products used in the furniture and healthcare industries. During this time Nick has played a key role in leading significant change, such as an ERP implementation and business acquisitions.
Nick is passionate about customers and working collaboratively to achieve the very best outcomes. So we feel he is ideally placed to continue our customer centric focus.
We are excited having Nick join the Pacificvet team as he contributes new skills and experience in operations management as well as a fresh outlook and energy to help us expand our abilities to service our valued clients with our extensive range of poultry biological and our veterinary diagnostic services for New Zealand and the South Pacific.
Official Celebration of Key Milestone in Equine Health
On 24 June 2014 New Zeland declared to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) our freedom from infection with Equine Arteritis Virus. This tremdendous milestone was achieved through the work of New Zealand Equine Health Association, the Equine Industry and Ministry for Primary Industries.
An Official Celebration to mark this acheivement was held at The Beehive, Parliament Buildings, Wellington on the 6th of November. Pacificvet had an active role in the management of Equine Arteritis Virus with Bruce Graham being presented with a commemorative coin for his services to the New Zealand Equine Health Association.
New Zealand Poultry Industry Conference 2014, Christchurch
We attended the NZ Poultry Industry Conference held the first week in October in Christchurch with some 80 participants. The conference is sponsored by the NZ Branch of the World’s Poultry Science Association in association with Massey University’s Monogastric Research Centre.
A number of NZ and overseas speakers presented a range of industry topics on relevant poultry nutrition and health.
Pacificvet sponsored three papers at the conference. Eduardo presented his research data on how water quality can affect vaccination. Dr Lou Arucan of BioChek B.V. spoke on the importance of serological monitoring in poultry flocks. Kent substituted for Dr Roberto Soares, Asia/Pacific Technical Manager for CEVA Animal Health, to deliver a paper on the fundamentals of proper coccidiosis vaccination techniques.
During the conference, Kent completed eight-years as President of the NZ Branch of the WPSA and passed the President’s baton to Natalie Chrystal. Kent was honoured with the NZ Poultry Award for his service to the industry and helping build the foundation of the national poultry training programme.
Download PDF: NZ Poultry Industry Conference 2014 Understanding Coccidiosis Vaccination
Kent Deitemeyer outgoing President of the NZ Branch of the WPSA with the new President Natalie Chrystal
Zoetis Asia Pacific Broiler Health Symposium, Chengdu, China
Eduardo Bernardi, Pacificvet’s Technical Manager, and Kent Deitemeyer, Joint Managing Partner, attended Zoetis Animal Health’s annual broiler health symposium in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, held on 22-24 September 2014 for the Asia/Pacific clients. There were approximately 180 attendees from the region. The Zoetis poultry conferences have the reputation for being a premier scientific event in the industry, due to the caliber of invited speakers covering highly relevant and current topics for the industry.
As is usual, this symposium was very comprehensive in undertaking a wide-range of disease topics from Salmonella, coccidiosis control, avian influenza, Newcastle Disease, Infectious Bronchitis, Infectious Bursal Disease vaccination strategies, serological monitoring in broilers, in ovo vaccination, feed additive usage and a review of research into intestinal microbiota related to the control of pathogen in broilers.
We find these meetings highly valuable in keeping ourselves up-to-date with current developments in poultry health, besides the advantage of seeing old friends in the region who we have know for some 40 years.
It was not all work and no play. We spent the afternoon at the Chengdu Panda Breeding Base and was able to catch these two panda mates having an afternoon snack under the tree.
Pandas at the Chengdu Panda Breeding Base
Kiwi Recovery at the West Coast Wildlife Centre, Franz Josef, Westland, South Island
Another successful kiwi breeding season is underway on the West Coast of the South Island with the hatching of the first kiwi chicks at the West Coast Wildlife Centre in Franz Josef.
Pacificvet remains a committed partner with New Zealand’s Department of Conservation and the West Coast Wildlife Centre in donating erysipelas vaccine for some of the kiwis that will be hatched, reared and eventually transferred to their home in the West Coast bush.
Photo shows Kim, the Kiwi Ranger, bringing a kiwi egg into the West Coast Wildlife Centre at Franz Josef for incubation and hatching.
“Wookie”, the first Haast Tokoeka kiwi of the season that was vaccinated with a Zoetis erysipelas vaccine.
Grand Opening of Biopacifica Laboratories
Grand opening of Biopacifica Laboratories April 4. 2014 at their brand new facilities at Innovation Park, Templeton. The cutting of the ribbon officiated by Hon. Amy Adams with Bruce Graham and Kent Deitemeyer.
Celebrating 20 Years
Pacificvet is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month. We would like to thank all of our clients throughout New Zealand and the South Pacific Community who have helped to reach this benchmark year. And to our staff who have worked diligently to make it all happen. We are having a busy month with the starting of building a new diagnostic laboratory at Templeton near our office in Christchurch to enable us to extend our serological monitoring and PCR diagnostic services to our clients. We hope to be in the new laboratory by August, 2013.
Rowi Kiwi Chick – 'Pacific'
“We would like to introduce you to our newest Rowi Kiwi Chick – 'Pacific'... We have named this chick for all the amazing help and advice that you guys have given us through this busy and rather difficult season. We really appreciate your support and we couldn’t have got through this salmonella crisis without you!
Pacific is 5 days old today and is such a curious little fella. The chick is still pretty young and floppy so we will try get some more photos when he is a bit more lively and active!” Kim & Briget - The Kiwi Chicks
West Coast Wildlife Centre, Franz Josef Glacier
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Pacific’s egg was rescued from the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary on January 7th 2012. The egg weighed 385.4g on arrival and the embryo inside was estimated to be 48 days through the 78 day incubation period. We carefully washed Pacific’s egg in a disinfectant solution before transferring it to one of our warm, safe incubators. Pacific’s egg was closely monitored by our Kiwi Ranger’s throughout the remaining 30 days of incubation at the WCWC.
After leaving an egg tucked up in its incubator on Wednesday 6th February we were greeted by a very fluffy active chick the next morning, with Pacific hatching late the evening before. Pacific took a total of 5 days to hatch and weighed a healthy 299.0g. Pacific has some beautiful white spots of feathers on its forehead! We kept Pacific cozy and warm in one of the incubators for the first two days while Pacific learnt to crouch and shuffle. Since then, Pacific has grown to become a quiet and alert chick and has been busy exploring the brooder and snuffling around in the soil.
Pacific is very curious and likes to nibble and bite. The chick is 5 days old today so will have its first introduction to the artificial kiwi diet – a tasty mix of minced ox heart, fruit, veges, currents, cat biscuits and a special kiwi vitamin supplement.
Pacific will stay in a brooder at the WCWC until one month of age before moving out to one of the special pre-release pens built by the Department of Conservation. Once Pacific has adapted to the outdoor environment, and is foraging well for food, Pacific will be transferred to Motuara Island, a predator free island in the Marlborough Sounds.
Pacific will return to the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary once big and strong and over 1 kg in body weight. By this time Pacific will be able to fend off the kiwi’s main predator – the stoat! Hopefully in the future we will start to see and hear some of Pacific’s offspring out in the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary.