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Where Pets Come First

Golf Course Veterinary Hospital has been offering outstanding animal care in Taree since early 1980's. Originally started by Bruce Young then taken over by Colin Dry in 1990 who operated until 2020 when Paul Pitney took the reins.

Paul is familiar to many animal owners in the area having worked locally both in the late 1990's and since early 2015.

We care for all kinds of companion animals and offer a wide range of services.

Our dedicated and caring team of professionals offer a vast array of experience and expertise — making us the one of the longest operating Veterinary Hospitals in the local area. We offer a complete care portfolio.

We look forward to welcoming your pet to our family.





June 2020

The Risks of off Lead Dog Areas

The idea of allowing our dogs the freedom to play with others sounds wonderful but there are some very serious risks involved. There is a mistaken belief among many dog owners that the majority of dogs are happy to play with others and if not then they will “sort it out". Nothing can be further from the truth or more dangerous. 

Similar to their owners, dogs have their social circle of friends and depending on their nature and past experiences they will respond to strangers in different ways. Imagine if you were having a peaceful walk on the beach and a complete stranger ran up to you, encroached on your personal space and then began "checking you out". How would you respond? Would you be happy? Would you run? Would you stand still and allow the questioning? Would you react aggressively? Different people react in different ways and so do dogs.

As a Veterinarian I frequently see the sad consequences where "social meetings" go wrong, often requiring dogs to be hospitalised for surgery and sometimes even resulting in death. As a Dog Trainer, Ngaia works with numerous dogs that have become "dog reactive and aggressive", many as a result of poor social experiences with other dogs occurring off lead.

Permitted Off lead dog areas are only successful under certain strict conditions.

1. All dogs would need to be happy to play with others, 

2. All dogs approaching each other would need to do so “politely" and ask if another dog would like to play,

3. All owners taking their dogs to these areas would need to be very experienced in dog handling and behaviour, be able to read the early signs of fear and distress in their pets and intervene immediately.

There is no possibility that these 3 conditions can be guaranteed at all times in off lead areas. That is why we avoid them with our dogs and would strongly encourage you to do the same for the protection of your pet. Permitted “off lead” dog parks and beaches are not adequately patrolled by Council. Manning Valley beaches including Old Bar are designated as 24 hour “off lead" resulting in incidents where responsible owners walking their dogs on lead are now having to contend with unrestrained dogs running up to their dog. In addition there are people in our community who have a fear of dogs and for them a walk on the beach can be a cause for anxiety.

Council will be asking for public comment in the near future regarding Public Area Dog usage. I would ask that you consider the points that we have raised. I love taking our dogs out and about but I do so with consideration to other people and their pets.

Please do the same!!



June 2020

Why I became a Member of Vets against Live Exports (VALE)

The FIVE Domains of Animal Welfare summarises the principles that everyone should follow when caring for animals, whether they be the family pet or a production animal. These five categories are:

  1. Nutrition  ( appropriate food and water)

  2. Environment ( suitable shelter, enough room, somewhere comfortable to rest)

  3. Health  ( preventative health and illnesses attended to quickly)

  4. Behaviour ( ability to display natural/normal behaviour)

  5. Mental state ( The overall physiological wellbeing of the animal which is influenced by the previous 4 categories)

As caring pet owners you are constantly endeavouring to fulfil these 5 requirements.

The live export industry sends over three million production animals (mainly sheep and cattle) from Western Australian ports each year. It is a source of income for producers and supporters of the industry claim that it is necessary due to limited refrigeration in some countries as well as religious slaughtering practices. 

Meat from Australian abattoirs is exported frozen or chilled to over fifty countries with this industry generating seven times the amount earned from live exports. Many of the countries that Australia sends live exports to also import chilled/frozen meat from Australia.  https://www.rspca.org.au/sites/default/files/website/Campaigns/Live-export/RSPCA-live_export_vs_meat_export_infographics.pdf

What are the Issues with Live Export?

The major issue with the live export industry is that it fails miserably on each of the Animal Welfare Domains. 

  1. Nutrition (FAIL) – Before boarding a ship animals may already be stressed by food and water deprivation as a result of long transportation by road or rail to WA Ports.  Once on the vessel, there can be spoiled food, insufficient food (not enough loaded or fed out) and issues with access to food troughs. Water supplies are often inadequate. Many sheep and some cattle do not adapt well to the pelleted food rations on-board ships .Starvation is still the most common cause of live sheep deaths.

  2. Environment (FAIL) – overcrowding ( as many as 70,000 sheep on a vessel), metal floors with no bedding material, nowhere to comfortably rest, temperature extremes – many voyages sail from Australian winters into the tropics and then into the Persian Gulf . Manure builds up to unacceptable levels and contributes to toxic ammonia gas. Noise is constant and the lights are on for 24h/day.

  3. Health (FAIL) – respiratory infections (due to poor ventilation, ammonia build up and overcrowding), gut upsets, lameness/injuries, sea sickness and starvation. There is very limited veterinary care, with only one veterinarian on board if there is a veterinarian at all (most voyages do not have veterinarians). Deaths are common on long haul voyages. Death rates of up to 1% of sheep and 0.5% of cattle do not warrant further investigation. To put this in perspective on a voyage of 70,000 sheep a death rate of less than 700 is deemed acceptable.

  1. Behaviour (FAIL) - A sea voyage living in crowded accommodation for weeks with no ability to express natural/normal behaviour. Less than 50% of cattle can lay down at the same time and then not comfortably.

  2. Mental state (FAIL) – those animals that survive the voyage are already physically and mentally stressed, only to be unloaded in a foreign country and subject to further handling stress and slaughtering methods beyond our control. 

What needs to happen? 

Live Export is cruel and no matter what Band-Aid solutions are suggested by the Government and Industry it can never pass the FIVE Domains Model of Animal Welfare.

A 2018 survey commissioned by RSPCA Australia found that around 75 per cent of Australians want an end to live export.

From an economic and environmental perspective it is expensive, wasteful and unsustainable.

The Live Animal export Industry needs to be phased out in favour of an increased trade in boxed and chilled meat from animals that have been humanely slaughtered here in Australia. The infrastructure already exists in Western Australia with the ability to increase the processing ability of the state’s abattoirs to easily process the sheep currently being exported live. This could also increase employment in regional centres where the abattoirs are located.

Paul Pitney BVSc –Golf Course Veterinary Hospital, Taree.

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Your Experienced Pet Care Professionals

The staff at Golf Course Veterinary Hospital & Best Mates Pet Training are connected by a passionate commitment for the well-being of all animals.




After graduating from Sydney University in 1991 Paul initially worked in mixed practice in the Illawarra. In 1996 he moved to the mid north coast and began working in this hospital with Colin Dry until 2000. Paul then moved to Tamworth with his wife Ngaia after purchasing a practice which they owned until 2011. Missing the coastal life Paul and Ngaia  returned to Taree with Paul resuming his working relationship with Colin in 2015. Paul is devoted to the care and welfare of all animals and his special interests include pain management, anaesthesia and behaviour. 
Paul has worked for TAFE teaching Veterinary Nurses and passionately  promotes continuing education.
Paul shares his Pampoolah home with wife Ngaia, Meg an Australian Bulldog, Zali a crossbreed, 2 cats Tuffy and Maddison, Happy a Diamond Python, a mix of chickens, parrots and horses.



Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse,
Certificate IV in Dog Behavioural Training (Delta Canine Good Citizen Trainer and Assessor)
Certificate IV Training and Assessment

Ngaia's has worked as a veterinary nurse for over 30 years and her desire to do the right thing by her patients has never wavered. Ngaia started working in hospitals in the Illawarra, followed by Taree, then Tamworth (which she owned with husband Paul) before making her way back to Taree via Forster. Ngaia has a long standing passion for excellence in nursing, anaesthesia and behavioural training of companion animals. Ngaia has also been a  TAFE teacher since 2002 passing on experience and knowledge to veterinary nursing and animal care students. Ngaia also volunteerd in Cambodia with Free the Bears and the Ester Honey Foundation in the Cook Islands in 2015.
Ngaia has owned and run Best Mates Pet Training since 2001 helping people build strong balanced understanding for their animals. 
Ngaia lives at Pampoolah where she conducts Best Mates Training with husband Paul, 2 dogs, 2 cats, horses, parrots and chicken and a snake.



Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

Sabina is a familiar and friendly face to clients and pets having started at the hospital in 1996. ( Firstly as a volunteer then quickly gaining employment). Sabina has completed her certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. In 2000 Sabina moved to Tumut, then Canberra with husband Ben, where she worked as a veterinary nurse before returning to the Manning Valley in 2002. This move allowed her to be closer to family and resume employment with the hospital.
Caring and compassionate Sabina has a deep love for all fur babies.
Outside of work her passions include horse riding, voluntary bible education and raising cattle with her husband on the farm.
Sabina's own fur babies include 2 dogs, 1 cat, 2 horses and numerous cattle.



Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

When you’re looking for skill, patience and care for your companion, look no further .
Di started nursing in 1990 and completed her certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing with TAFE at Ultimo. Di started her vet nursing career in Gordon, then Terrigal but making Taree home since 2000. 
Di enjoys cooking, beer, music festivals and the beach life with her two children. Di shares her home by the water with her escape artist dog, Jack Russell terrier, Iggy.



Veterinary Nurse

After undertaking High School work experience in the hospital in 2005 Victoria developed a passion for working with animals and started employment  in January 2008.

Victoria completed her certificate in Animal Studies and also works at Laverty pathology.

Victoria has always had a passion for animals and helping them since she was young. Victoria has long experience in hand rearing wild birds for release. Although Victoria only works part time she is an integral part of the team.

Victoria has a keen interest in reptiles and avian species. Her hobbies are cooking, art and craft and spending time with her 3 cats, 2 bunnies, snakes, fish and birds.


The Best Care Possible

At Golf Course Veterinary Hospital, our dedicated and caring team offer a range of services to give your pet the best possible care available. While emergencies can happen, we believe prevention is the best form of defence. Schedule a checkup today.



The First Line of Defense

At Golf Course Veterinary Hospital, we are fully committed to your pet’s health and happiness. That’s why we recommend bringing them in for regular Pet Wellness Exams and Vaccination Programs. By doing so, we’ll be able to recognise issues before they become a problem.


Proactive and Positive.

At Golf Course Veterinary Hospital we offer in house blood pathology services providing rapid results for critical care patients. Even when your pet is healthy, Veterinary Diagnostic Labs are an important part of keeping them in the best possible condition.

We also regularly use in house digital radiography to assist diagnosis.


Hospitalised Care

As caring owners, you want the very best for your pet. By seeking to prevent problems before they arise, you’re ensuring your pet extended health and happiness. When the unfortunate happens we are here to help by providing caring hospitalised care including  camera monitoring.
Out of hours assistance is by VetCheck 24/7 on 1800838247



Happiness Through Communication. Strong Bonds Through Life

Best Mates Pet Training was established by Ngaia & Paul in 2002 after 20 years experience in animal training.

Ngaia first competed obedience and agility with her German Shepherd Misty in 1990, Misty then went on to Schutzhund and a long career as family protector.

Over the years Ngaia has worked with nearly every breed of dog and many cats assisting owners to enhance their relationship with their pets and improve the life options for many furry companions.


Single family or individual sessions for specific direction and guidance with your best mate.

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An individual session to start your communication and understanding of your new family member followed by 3 group sessions to ensure communication through life's experiences and unpredictability.


When things aren't quite working as well as you hoped. Let us help you put communication and responses back on the right track.


119 Wingham Rd, Taree NSW 2430

02 6552 6022



We are located on the corner of Wingham Road and Muldoon Street opposite the Taree golf course.

When driving please be aware we are the first driveway on the right when entering from Wingham Road.

If you are turning off Wingham Road when it is busy it may be easier to drive down and turn around just before the railway line in the Townhead Fruit and Vegetable Market branch of Muldoon Street.