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15 January 1907 Announcement of the formation of Clutha Veterinary Association to obtain the services of a Veterinary Surgeon for the Balclutha and environs areas.
19 April 1907
Application to the Government from Milton farmers to provide a Veterinary Surgeon for that area refused.
8 October 1907
Cable from the Royal Veterinary College of Edinburgh that a Veterinary Surgeon, Mr John Danskin MRCVS, was leaving the United Kingdom on 28th November 1907 for New Zealand and to take up the appointment with the Clutha Veterinary Association.
Arrival of John Danskin
2 February 1915
Decision made to allow MrJohn Danskin to take over the practice by himself.
9 March 1915
Affairs of the Clutha Veterinary Association “wound-up”.
Mr David Marshall MRCVS, a local man from Warepa who had trained in Edinburgh, took over the practice from Mr Danskin who moved to Invercargill to practice.
1927 Mr David Marshall leaves to take up a position with the Department of Agriculture in Hamilton.
10 June 1929 Committee formed to reactivate Clutha Veterinary Association Decision made to write to the Edinburgh and Glasgow Veterinary Colleges seeking information on what terms they could recommend a suitable veterinary surgeon and if a suitable man was available. Application for Incorporated Society status for Clutha Veterinary Association.
18 November 1929 The Superintendant for the Department of Agriculture in Otago advised that Mr TJ Lewis MRCVS (London) was leaving the United Kingdom on 6th December in the SS Tainui and would be taking up his duties in January 1930.
September 1937 Appointment of Mr George McDonald following the death of Mr Tom Lewis.
Saw the departure of Mr Geo McDonald, for Rata in the North Island and the appointment of Mr Armfield MRCVS in March but by mid-May had to resign because of ill health. There was great difficulty in obtaining a replacement surgeon and in September 1942 Mr GC Hayhurst took over the position but only was available from Thursday to Sunday each week.
1947 Alan Leslie, CEO of the Veterinary Services Council phoned Mr Tom Wallace, who had just completed his BVSc at Sydney University, asking him to consider going to Balcutha because he thought that Tom Wallace would be well suited to the CVA Practice because of his Scottish ancestry.
1948 Appointment of Mr Tom Wallace BVSc.(Sydney), the first of the Australian trained veterinary surgeons appointed also his wife Mrs Pat Wallace.
1951 Tom and Pat Wallace left to be involved in the production side of pastoral farming taking charge of a very large dairy herd outside Sydney. Tom and Pat Wallace had given outstanding service to CVA and South Otago and are still remembered with a good deal of affection in the District.
1952 – 1958 Saw a rapid expansion of the CVA services together with the building of a number of Clinic buildings off Clyde Street in Rosebank, Balclutha, as well as new staff houses. Installation of Radio Telephones.
Resignation of Colin Jenkins from Management Committee after 15 years on the Management Committee and 10 as Chairman taking CVA through some important development years since 1949. Opening of Diagnostic Station at Invermay.
Major work by CVA, through the VSC, to have Rams identified with Brucellosis permanently marked - after local problems of rams being inspected by veterinarians as having brucellosis and still being sold and / or used in flocks.Appointment of JC Mathieson as Senior Surgeon and CEO
1960 Inclusion of part of Taieri into CVA practice area.
Deputation to have Surgeon based at Milton
1961 RH Montgomery appointed and based at Milton as first veterinarian in that area.
Taieri farmers invited to join CVA on same terms as present members.
Death of Patron Mrs EA Pearson.
1962 Milton Surgery completed.
1963 JC Mathieson appointed to VSC
Milton expansion had very successful first year.
1964 Establishment of Telford Board with CVA involvement.
Start of NZ Veterinary School at Massey
1965 Discussions with SOA&P Society re testing rams in Ram Fairs.
Purchase of Milton section and building in new position.
1966 Milton Shop and Surgery being built.
JC Mathieson leaves to take over a position withTasman Vaccine Ltd in Australia.
H Montgomery on 12 months leave for Churchill Scholarship.
Nomination of Tom Wallace - Cambridge Veterinary Club for Allan Leslie Award.
1967 Directors positions sought for two Directors on SIDA Board representing
Milton $40 Debentures issued, with Interest at 5%, for the development and expansion of the surgery and services based in Milton. - $8,320 raised.
Veterinary inspections started of all rams for sale at SOA&P Rams Fairs.
1968 Milton Surgery additions and improvements opened.
Delegation from Stock Agents requesting a discount on accounts paid by Stock Firms
on behalf of their clients. CVA to continue policy of not paying such discounts.
NZ Federation of Veterinary Clubs Conference at Balclutha.
CVA 60th Jubilee celebrated. Jubilee Booklet printed.
1969 Big staffing problems with many changes in veterinary staff.
CVA Membership Subscriptions :-
Properties with a Capital Valuation in excess of $10,000 = $10 per year
Properties with a Capital Valuation under $10,000 = $3 per year
Basic Fees :- Minimum $3 - revisit to the same animal $1.50
Mileage :- 7.5 cents per mile with maximum of $3.00 per visit.
1970 AGM at Clydevale. First time away from Balclutha.
1971 Big problems with dairy calves that had not had sufficient or any colostrum resulting in their bacteria being resistant to all commonly used antibiotics.
1972 First inspection of Gough Gough and Hammer building in Wilson Road as possible site
for relocation of CVA.
Henley Depot opened.
Appointment of JC Mathieson as Senior Surgeon and CEO
1973 Purchase of GG&H building. Special Subscription of $50 per member well supported providing a good capital base for new surgery purchase and development.
Opening of new Surgery - Friday 16th November 1973
1974 Sale of 4 spare sections on Wilson Road for $13,000
Sale of Cossen Street property for $37,000
JC Mathieson confirmed as Senior Surgeon and CEO
AB Bissett joined staff and stationed at Milton.
Cash Discount for prompt payment operating.
1975 CVA joined Otago Employers' Association.
1977 Regular Newsletters started to bring information on Animal Health to CVA area.
SO Pest Destruction Board leases land for Poison Store
1979 Turnover $500,000+. Repaid all debentures on Balclutha and Milton.
1980 New Xray Plant at Balclutha. Flood damage to Henley Store
Planned Animal Health Programmes introduced. Infertility, disease, nutrition.
Decision made to adopt computer system of accounting.
George Stark appointed Stock Control manager. Purchase of CVA Truck
Death of Colin Jenkins – Patron and Life Member
Re-roofing Balclutha building $13,102
CVA Anniversary Farm School at Telford – outstanding success – 160 attending
75th Year. $1,000,000 Turnover for the first time
Senior Surgeon and CEO Position offered to Bruce Bissett - appointed
Alterations and additions to Balclutha Offices and Surgery
Introduction of extensive computer services - accounting and stock control.
Accounts done at Wilson Road. SIDA Rebate for year $38,337
JC Mathieson retires – with CVA for 21 years over 3 periods
Completion of new larger and more suitable Henley Depot bilding.
Introduction of 10% prompt payment discount on Merchandise Purchases
Review of Computer programmes. Turnover $1,600,000
Bank Investment receiving 21% for 12 months period
SI Chemicals 1985-86 Rebate $31,480
BR & JB Walker 100th CVA Member
Good Cash Surplus enabling extensive expansion and development work
Surgery and Office alterations and addition of Upstairs Offices at Balclutha.
Informal approach by CRT re joint venture / amalgamation
CVA / CRT Joint Venture rejected; negotiations discontinued.
Majority Shareholders of SIDA sell to Brothers’ Holdings.
Decision made to contest the price being offered for SIDA “B” Shares.
CVA “fronting” South Island Veterinary Clubs fight for “fair” share price.
Clutha, Western Southland, Northern Southland, Edendale, Ashburton, Waimate, and Kaikoura Veterinary Clubs.
Purchase of new orthopaedic plant. Introduction of Laproscopic Artificial Insemination
Extensive advisory work to eliminate sheep abortions.
Vibriosis and Toxoplasmosis trials on 20 South Otago farms.
First time turnover over $2,000,000. $143,478 paid in discounts to members.
Loss of Annual SIDA Rebates approximately $35,000 per year.
Major work advising and training members on faecal egg counts and drench resistance
Employment of 6th permanent veterinarian.
Vet and farmer Seminars on pleurisy and arthritis
CVA and others take High Court action to obtain “fair” value for SIDA “B” Shares
1989Publication of Vetmark Dipping Booklet prepared by John Smart
New Balclutha Office extensions opened.
Counsel engaged to represent CVA and other SI Vet Clubs in High Court SIDA case
Retirement of Lyn Hayward after 41 years as Secretary.
Also Arthur Hollander retires after 26 years service on CVA Board
Drench resistance seminars. Large number of sheep A I s
Milton alterations postponed due to Tendered prices being too high.
SIDA High Court hearing of CVA and Others V SIDA.
Transfer of VSC responsibilities to Rural Veterinary Development Committee
Turnover exceeds $3,000,000. Discount to members $178,292
Significant change seen from “fire brigade service” to prevention and best production. Over 1000 ewes AI’d
High Court decision re SIDA share value in Veterinary Clubs favour .
CVA share $ 93,331 from 50cents per share plus dividend and interest.
Turnover $3,600,000 Discounts to members $200,567
Purchase of the old Dalgety building in Milton from Milton Mowers and Cycles to double available floor space. Milton Mowers and Cycles buying present CVA building.
Tender of $161,200 accepted for alterations and additions to new Milton building
CVA veterinarians involved with 2 Focus Farms and also Sharemilker of the Year.
Regular Newsletters written by John Smart well received.
$60,000 of SIDA Share money invested for best future use
Balclutha reception desk open from 8.00am to 5.30pm daily
Balclutha and Milton surgeries now have Registered Veterinary Nurses
Big alterations to delivery of post-mortem and laboratory reports to members.
CVA Veterinary and Agricultural Student Bursaries to value of $8,000 per year
Strategic Planning Workshops for Directors and Staff.
Turnover $4,700,000 Discounts $274,834, Profit $354,356
CVA Scholarships offered to 4th and 5th Year Veterinary Students from practice area.
Purchase of ORC Poison Store , in CVA grounds at Balclutha.
Planning under way for alterations to Balclutha retail facilities and small animal clinics
Major emphasis on Optigrow faecal egg counts, and advisory services.
Completion of major alterations and additions at Balclutha.
Main building opening Friday 27th October by Lyn Hayward.
New building work an outstanding success.
2 – CVA Veterinary Bursaries awarded at $2,000 each
3 – Agricultural Bursaries awarded at $1,000 each.
CVA and Ancare combining to sponsor “Clutha Sheep Farmer of the Year”.
CVA backs CF2000 Sheep Farming Improvement initiatives with $4,000 grant.
Excellent cobalt booklet produced – mainly by John Smart
1997 Tender let for new Merchandise Storage Shed at Balclutha.
Additional office space built at Milton.
B12 Trials by Jillian Clark.
1998 CVA Major Sponsor for Clutha Sheep Farmer of the Year, Deer Farmer of the Year, and Otago Sharemilker of the Year.
Delayed Payment introduced on some retailing lines.
Introduction of Clydevale Depot in old Clydevale Store
Hind scanning for pregnancy undertaken and scanner use on small animal procedures
Manual dairy cow pregnancy and ageing service introduced.
Tony Smith appointed as Retail Manager
Purchase of Clydevale Store
First Salmonella Brandenburg report - John Smart.
Total CVA Members equity at 30th April 1999 Book Value = $2,328,027
Tb continues to be a major problem in beef and deer herds in the area..
John Smart gets recognition at NZVA Conference and from Massey for his outstanding work on Salmonella Brandenburg. Computers installed at Milton.
Introduction of Bar Coding in Merchandising. Clydevale and Henley operating well.
2001 Excellent year for retail sales. Busy year in dairy veterinary work.
Alterations and short shift for Henley Depot building. New Cattery at Balclutha
Vet Operating from Clydevale Shop
Gore Vets agree to joint sponsorship of Clutha Sheep Farmer of the Year
CVA Scholarship for CVA Area Students at Telford introduced
Frequent Seminars and Farm Schools to provide information and advice on current animal health and production problems and to keep Members up-to-date on latest technology, ideas, and products.
CVA Policy to have Vets up-to-date by attending National Conferences in their own specialities and interests. Also Support Staff to Training Courses.
Peter McNab on Remuneration Committee of the NZFVC
Major changes mooted for the role of NZ Federation of Veterinary Clubs.
2002 John Howie’s Dairy Pregnancy Database well received in CVA and other practices.
OEPB Share Fund of $65,000 earmarked for research.
$200,000 paid back to members in additional discount after the completion of the financial year which equated to 3.3% of sales.
Upgrading of Balclutha reception area. New Lawrence depot performing well.
Bar Coding introduced and used extensively in retail areas.
CVA providing good A&P Society sponsorship and prizes.
Sponsorship of 2 Students to Telford
2003 Bruce Bissett receives Allan Leslie Award at Fed VC AGM
Peter Mcnab elected to Council of Federation of Veterinary Clubs.
Balclutha Bulk Store Expansion completed.
Additional Discount of $400,000 (4.3%) being paid to members in proportion to
their transactions with CVA during the 2002 – 2003 Year
2008Centenary CelebrationsAdditional Discount of $100,000 paid out
Centenary CelebrationsAdditional Discount of $100,000 paid out
2009Bruce Bissett steps down as CEO and Meredith MacKenzie takes over
2010Meredith Mackenzie leaves Clutha Vets
Milton Clinic is completely refurbished
2011The Executive Management Group (EMG) - four senior vets, take over the management of Clutha VetsIntroduction of 4WD vehicles to the Clutha Vets fleet.
2013Paul Bonini leaves Clutha Vets
Clydevale Clinic refurbished
Compiled from Board and Committee Minutes, Annual Reports, Reminisces of Board Members and Staff, CVA Records and Reports, Newspaper Records and other authenticated sources.
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