Located on the Eastern coast of the South Island of New Zealand, on the outskirts of Christchurch city, the Canterbury Equine Clinic is a progressive, 100% equine facility providing the highest quality veterinary services. Our clinic has developed over the last 25 years and has earned a national and international reputation by continually providing outstanding care for our patients.

We have a fully equipped equine hospital including a spacious stable area, yards and paddocks on three hectares of land. Although our clientele range from champion thoroughbred and standardbred race horses to much loved pleasure horses and ponies, we provide equal enthusiasm and dedication to each individual case and pride ourselves in returning all of our patients to their full potential in health and performance.

We enjoy a large referral component with over 80 veterinarians throughout the South Island regularly forwarding cases. Our veterinarians make ambulatory calls, provide in-house lameness and medical diagnosis and offer full surgical capabilities, carrying out over 220 surgeries annually in our air conditioned surgical theatre. Our surgical caseload varies widely and includes respiratory, abdominal (colic) and orthopaedic, with a large arthroscopy component. We are the only equine facility in the South Island to provide scintigraphy (bone scanning) as a diagnostic tool.



DR. GARETH FITCH  BVetMed, MS, DACVS, MRCVS Equine Veterinarian
Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery.

Gareth has ridden horses since childhood. Before vet school he worked in Newmarket, England, breaking yearling thoroughbreds; he was an apprentice to Henry Cecil and rode as an amateur throughout vet school.

He graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in 1995, worked for a short while in mixed practice before beginning an internship at Glasgow University Veterinary School. In 1997 he started a residency in Equine Surgery at the University of California Davis VTH, and passed the equine surgery board examination with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2001. He then headed to Canada and worked in an equine referral clinic in Alberta for 7 years.

After that, he returned to Europe and worked as an equine surgeon in the University in Madrid, Spain where he stayed for 5 years. During this time, he also worked as team vet to the Spanish 3-day event team. After a two-year stint in Germany he moved to New Zealand and began working at Massey University as a senior lecturer in equine surgery. Here he carried out research on the development of the upper airway in Standardbred racehorses, lectured on equine surgery and worked as a surgeon in the referral clinic until he decided to return to private practice.

Gareth is interested in all areas of surgery and lameness/performance problems. He is a part owner of a thoroughbred racehorse and has a yearling filly which will hopefully win several group 1 races.


DR. HAMISH RANKEN BA, BVSc.(Hons).MACVS Equine Veterinarian

Hamish graduated from Melbourne University in 2000 and practiced in Australia for two years prior to completing an internship in equine surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. He joined us at the Canterbury Equine Clinic in 2004 and and has become partner.


He has completed his MACVS in equine surgery. In addition to his surgical skills, Hamish has a keen interest in lameness diagnosis and co-ordinates our nuclear scanning facility.

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DR. RICHARD TURNER BVSc. Equine Veterinarian

Richard graduated from Massey University in 1989 and spent ten years in practice before joining us at the Canterbury Equine Clinic in 1995.


Richard became a practice partner in 2002. He is an accomplished surgeon and has a special interest in lameness diagnosis and ultrasonographic scanning


DR. HARRIET BELL BVSc.(Hons) BSc MRCVS Equine Veterinarian

Harriet hails from England and graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2015. After qualifying she volunteered for SPANA in Morocco, before spending 2 years working in equine and farm animal practice in her home county of Norfolk. Harriet then moved to New Zealand with her partner and started working at Canterbury Equine Clinic in January 2018.

Harriet enjoys all aspects of equine practice but her main interests lie with mare reproduction and equine dentistry. She is currently working towards a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in Equine Stud Medicine and is excited to now be able to offer embryo transfer to our clients.

Outside of work, Harriet enjoys CTR on her Standardbred and quietly accumulating a petting zoo without her partner noticing!


DR. SHELLY HANN MVSc Cert, AVP,MRCVS Equine Veterinarian

Shelly is a local girl and grew up in Halswell. She graduated from Massey University in 2011 then worked in mixed practice in Southland. She then went on the classic kiwi O.E and spent a year travelling through Europe and North America.

After this, she stayed in the United Kingdom for several years, completing an 18-month internship at Liphook Equine Hospital in Hampshire, one of the largest specialist equine veterinary hospitals in the U.K. Following this, she undertook an equine surgery residency training programme at the University of Liverpool, working with some of the top surgeons in the U.K. She is planning to sit the exam to become a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in February 2021.


Wanting to return to her roots, Shelly came back to New Zealand in May 2020 and joined Canterbury Equine Clinic. Shelly has a particular interest in all aspects of equine surgery and lameness investigations, especially in sporthorses.


Shelly spends her time outside of work riding dressage horses, skiing and exploring the great outdoors.

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DR. DANI GUIVER BVSc Equine Veterinarian

Dani graduated from Massey University in 2019 and started as an intern at the Canterbury Equine Clinic in order to further her training as an equine veterinarian. As part of the internship, Dani is responsible for anaesthesia and care of the hospital in-patients as well as general veterinary duties.


Originally from England, Dani’s family emigrated to New Zealand in 2007 in search of sunshine and settled in Nelson, the hotly contested sunshine capital of NZ. Dani is a keen showjumper and has worked at numerous jumping and racing stables. She also enjoys outdoor adventures with her black Labrador Kernow.



Emily Perry  Head Veterinary Nurse


Hayley Jackson  Veterinary Technician

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Diane Taylor  Lab Tech


Wendy Beaven  Accounts Manager

Maree Robertson  Practice Manager


Lisa Thompson  Stable Manager

Our Residents...


Clients will quite often be greeted by Sam!


Sam (Ginger) & Mo (Black & White)

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Our blood donor - Cocky!