VetEnt proactively shapes NZ dairy farming’s future through innovations

Dedicated to transforming the rural sector through cutting-edge veterinary services, Veterinary Enterprises Group’s mantra is that ‘the best way to predict the future is to create it’. This has seen VetEnt’s approach go beyond traditional veterinary care, striving to proactively shape the future of farming in New Zealand, says VetEnt CEO Grant Blackler.

“At the helm of VetEnt’s visionary initiatives is our focus on developing strategies that pivot, adapt and foster sustainable outcomes for both our clients and the agricultural sector as a whole. By partnering directly with farmers, we become an integral part of their farm journey, offering customized solutions that address individual animal health challenges as well as the herd’s overall productivity and well-being,” explains Grant.

Its innovative approach saw VetEnt named an Ashburton district finalist in the 2024 ANZ Business of the Year Awards for the Excellence in Primary Industries category. One of VetEnt’s standout initiatives says Grant is its StockCare program, which provides comprehensive support to local farming communities by examining various factors contributing to farm success, including genetics, nutrition and animal health. “Since its inception, StockCare has earned a solid reputation for delivering tangible results and supporting and developing high-performing farms across New Zealand,” says Grant.

VetEnt’s commitment to innovation is further exemplified through its PureMilk programme, which utilises advanced technologies and expert guidance to optimise milk production. Grant says that by conducting thorough assessments and providing tailored action plans, VetEnt helps individual farms enhance productivity while ensuring the highest quality milk delivery to dairy companies.

With a large production database from across the country, Grant says that VetEnt leverages a wealth of data and expertise to provide detailed, digitised analysis and insights to its clients. “This vast repository of information empowers farmers to make informed decisions and drive long-term success in their operations.”

VetEnt remains dedicated to its core values of empathy, passion and proactive service, ensuring the best possible support for its clients and the animals in its care.

Founded in 1991 by three visionary Kiwi veterinarians, VetEnt has since grown into one of New Zealand’s largest veterinarian businesses, boasting 18 locations nationwide and employing over 250 staff members, including veterinarians, vet techs and vet nurses. Despite its growth, VetEnt remains proudly 100% Kiwi-owned and operated.

“Improved well-being across our veterinary workforce benefits the wider community, our customers and ultimately, their animals.”

Central to VetEnt’s mission is a focus on the mental and emotional well-being of its workforce. As such VetEnt places a strong emphasis on supporting the mental health of its employees, providing a multi-faceted support network and resources to ensure their well-being remains a top priority.

A key part of this is VetEnt’s new Connected Lives programme, which provides a significant competitive advantage in attracting and retaining excellent veterinary staff. “Connected Lives, an all-encompassing well-being programme, is based on the Te Whare Tapa Wha model of wellness covering spiritual, mental and emotional, physical, family and social and land and roots well-being,” says Grant.

“Improved well-being across our veterinary workforce benefits not only our team and organisation but also the wider community, our customers and ultimately, their animals.” As VetEnt continues to push the boundaries of veterinary innovation and excellence, Grant says it remains dedicated to its core values of empathy, passion and proactive service, ensuring the best possible support for its clients and the animals in its care.

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