Welcome to our April newsletter.

Issue 63



The Delta Dog Day walk was a great success for the society. The weather was purrfect. Congratulations to Nurse Erin’s Pearlene and Meg for their prizes in the best dressed category. It was a great day for pets and owners to mingle for a good cause.

Last month we farewelled Geoff Shumack from The Lake Vets. Geoff has given dedicated care and love to many pets and families for over 33 years. Congratulations on such a distinguished career and we wish him well in the next chapter of his life with Mandy.

Turn over to see how to join us on Instagram and Easter hamper winner.



Stop press- Advance Dermocare dog food recall


Mars Petcare has voluntarily recalled their Dermocare range after a megoesophagus outbreak potentially linked to the food. If you are concerned please contact us immediately. Signs to look for are vomiting and regurgitation.

Farewell Geoff








To our many valued clients and friends,


I have decided to retire from The Lake Veterinary Hospitals at the end of March 2018. While I am still fit and able, there are many other things I wish to do beyond veterinary practice. My wife and I have a small farm that needs more of my attention, and I look forward to spending more time with our growing family, which includes 5 grandchildren.  There is also plenty of travel on the agenda!


I joined Philip Wilson in the practice in 1984. It was then just the 2 of us. Thanks to a wonderful and loyal clientele, the practice had built up to 7 vets when Philip retired in the early part of 2017.

Anthony and Kelly Payten purchased the LVH in 2013. It has been a great transition and the business has grown even stronger, with a continued practice culture of compassionate and professional care to our furry friends.


There are many people that I would like to thank before I depart.


The staff- our vets, nurses, receptionists and managers.  On a daily basis I am blown away by the level of care and compassion that they show to our pets and clients. My many thanks to the whole team for their valued support and friendship over so many years.

My special thanks to Philip Wilson who started LVH and who took me on as a practice partner many years ago. We have had a long and successful partnership and friendship over the years, seeing in many changes, and the continual growth of the practice.

I would also like to say a huge thank you for the support and love of my wife Mandy, who carried so much of the load in bringing up our four children during those busy years in practice, especially when the phone could ring any hour of the day!


To Anthony and Kelly, thank you for taking over The Lake Vet Hospitals. With such a great team of vets and staff in place the practice is ensured of continued success into the future.


Finally to our wonderful clients and pets. Thank you for your loyalty, your support and your friendship over many years. It has been a great ride and I will certainly miss life at The Lake Vets!!

Regards to all


Lake Vets now on Instagram


We are now on Instagram which is proving to be a great platform to share a picture of your beloved pet. We have been collecting the photos to make a collage of the pets in our photo gallery to pay tribute to all the pets that make us who we are.

Tag us @lakevethospital and use the hashtag #lakevethospitals

“We all need a little Therapy” Dog Walk.

The Lake Veterinary Hospital proudly sponsors Delta Therapy Dogs. The delta dogs walk was on Sunday 8th April and it was a beautiful day to be outdoors with our pets.

Our nurses were visited by many clients with their pets and meet lots of new furry friends. Our nurse Erin won second prize in the Best Dressed category with her two dogs Meg and Pearlene.


The winning outfits included a lake vet shirt and angels wings and top hat.             




Congratulations to our Easter hamper winners

   Emma and her dog Zaina






Pedr with Colby the German Shephard









Vicki and Shane with Noodles







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