Dr Jason Andrews BSc (Hons) BVSc (Hons) MANCZS (Animal Reproduction)

Please call for an appointment. 

08 8389 7947

About Our Practice.

We believe that your companion deserves the personalised care and attention that can only be provided by your family veterinarian. We pride ourselves in being able to spend the time to listen and then develop an individualised treatment plan.  Being a small team, our goal is to follow your four-legged friends’ progress as if they were one of our own.

The clinic has a special interest in breeding and reproduction, so when it comes time to grow the family please think of us. All the team is here to help answer your questions and produce the best outcome possible.

However, don’t forget we provide routine day to day veterinary care and advice for your dogs, cats and horses.

Karen and SG Cadence (I have recently ridden her in her first event)

Who am I?

I have been a companion animal veterinarian for 18 years, having spent my entire working career in country mixed and equine practice. My veterinary interests are wide and varied. However, I have a special interest in theriogenology (animal reproduction) particularly dogs and horses. Having recently completed specialist training at Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga) in comparative theriogenology becoming a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Surgeons (in Animal Reproduction).

 I have worked in Canberra, the Hunter Valley (Scone), eventually owning a large mixed practice in the New England region of Northern NSW for a number of years but my wife and I always wanted to settle somewhere in the Adelaide Hills.

My wife Karen is a midwife, (very handy when it comes to foaling time) and we have 2 adult children. Amy, our daughter, is a registered nurse, and is currently at CSU in her third year of veterinary science (so you may see her around the clinic from time to time) and Alex our son, who is an electrician in Sydney. And then there are our dogs!!

My personal interests include horses, and I am currently lucky enough to be competitively eventing a number of horses that I have bred using imported frozen semen. My wife and daughter also both ride competitively, again on horses we bred. We also like to keep fit, eat good food and drink red wine, hopefully we have come to the right part of the country for that.

Trans-cervical Insemination (TCI) in the Bitch

TCI is a technique in which a rigid endoscope is used to locate the cervix and pass a catheter through it for intrauterine insemination of frozen semen without the need for surgery

This technique provides intrauterine deposition of semen, which is a vital part of frozen semen technology. Equally important to the successful use of frozen semen are the timing of the insemination, semen quality, and bitch fertility.

Results from a trial comparing TCI techniques demonstrated that conception rates of 83.3% and an average litter size of 7.5 were possible in bitches of unknown breeding history. Both methods do the same thing by allowing deposition of semen into the uterus.

Anesthesia is generally not required for TCI, thus reducing risks to the bitch. Most bitches actually tolerate this procedure very well. Materials such as suture, surgical supplies, etc, are also not required therebyreducing client costs. 

The time it takes to perform the procedure is much less and the bitch can go home immediately after the procedure.

The View down a Hysteroscope

Equine Dentistry

Who Can You Trust To Keep Your Horse's Mouth Pain-free?

It is a fact of life that there are both good and bad equine dental practitioners - irrelevant of whether they are veterinarians or are non-veterinarians.   The title "equine dentist" (although slightly descriptive in that they do work on horses' teeth) is misleading and not recognised by any regulatory body in this country. This has connotations that the "equine dentist" is formally trained in a proper 4-5 year university course - as happens with human dentists. After all, horses' teeth are just as complicated as human teeth. But sadly the university training is usually not the case. And so the consumer is very exposed to shonky operators. One of the most common questions horse owners have is,

"who can I trust to take care of my horse's mouth?"  

Below is a check list of qualities to look for; 

Reputation - you need to know their reputation and thus can trust them

Holistic approach - they need to practice a holistic approach to investigating problems in your horse. Remember that many problems are multifactorial.

Dental charts used - this is a medical record, and is often useful in the future eg. selling the horse, future dental problems. 

Scientific Background - as with any veterinary or medical practice, dentistry requires a sound scientific background in equine anatomy, physiology, medicine, diseases etc. Beware of someone who has previously worked as a mechanic, backyard farrier or fencing contractor, and sees equine dentistry as a lucrative profession, and so does a 2 week course and suddenly calls themselves an "equine dentist".

Economical - they must represent value for money - and be transparent in their methods. They should be prepared to show and explain to you the dental problems.

Accountability - they should work under a governing body to which they are accountable to. eg the Vet Surgeon's Boards. 

Contributes to society and issues a tax invoice - this means they are an honest taxpayer who is willing to contribute to our hospitals, schools, roads etc and so not just profiting for themselves.

Examines the mouth properly - so uses a full mouth speculum, flushes the feed out of the mouth, uses a light, mirror, probe etc to both feel and look inside the mouth. detection and prevention is the key to a healthy mouth.

Doesn't put the horse or owner at risk of injury

Able to refer - able to refer complicated cases to a colleague who is better trained and equipped in equine dentistry.

Biosecurity & cleanliness - in their equipment and methods.

Insurance - is necessary to cover for unforeseen serious accidents, injuries and professional errors in judgment, bad outcomes etc.

Sedation - they should be able to perform or arrange for your horse to be legally sedated (i.e. by a vet) if necessary.

Equine Breeding Season 2017-18

Breeding Season is just around the corner, its time to get organized

We provide that following Breeding services for your Mare or Stallion.

 Pre-breeding examinations
Artificial Insemination (chilled or frozen)
Embryo Transfer
Foaling Services
Pregnancy Testing
Stallion Services

We are a family owned business that cares for the individual mare and stallion.

I am very excited to announce that along with our mobile service, we are going to be able to offer breeding services and mare agistment at Oakside Park Stud, Hahndorf, SA; the home of Southern Sport Horses. Please check the property out by clicking on the link below (their logo) and contact me for breeding package details.

Phone: 0411657 145 or email: jason@adelaidehillsvet.com