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We have a team of dedicated and enthusiastic sheep vets who understand the complexities of all types of sheep management systems. Alongside traditional services i.e difficult lambings, we provide:

  • Metabolic profiling of pregant ewes
  • Nutrition advice and ration fornulation
  • Parasite control plans inc worm egg counts
  • Ram fertility examinations
  • Farm specific lameness reduction plans
  • Red Tractor including detailed antibiotic audits
  • And many others - just ask!

Jonathan and Elske were founding members of South West Initiative for Sheep Health -SWISH. This is a group of sheep vets from across the region that meet regularly to share knowledge and strive to improve the practice's sheep health woth up to date techniques. We have contributed to a drive to antibiotics resistance by responsible usage.

Elske is currently doing a Post Graduate Certificate in sheep production.

Flock health planning: Flock health planning is instrumental in ensuring economically viable sheep production. Vets always prefer to intervene early to prevent disease rather than provide a ‘fire brigade’ service once things have already gone wrong. Our vets would be delighted to discuss your flock management with you to create a plan individually tailored to the needs of your flock. Creating a flock health plan involves a visit to your farm to discuss issues such as worming policy, vaccination policy, external parasite control and nutrition. Following the visit we can produce a written health plan or assist with online templates that gives protocols for all of the areas of importance to your flock including lameness, lamb care, ram fertility, medicine use and biosecurity.

Meetings: regular meetings are organised on topical issues, and we run a “Lambing Course” each year.

Worm egg counts (WEC) and other laboratory services: Controlling parasitic gastroenteritis (worms) in an effective but sustainable way, including reducing the development of wormer resistance, is a key component of profitable sheep production. Worm egg counts are central to this and our staff are well equipped to analyse faecal samples in our in-house laboratory. Faecal samples can be brought directly into the practice or our vets are happy to visit your farm, to look at your animals and collect the appropriate samples. All WEC results are reported by one of our vets within 24 hours. We have facilities to analyse blood samples and skin scrapes in house, as well as access to outside laboratories for more specialised tests such as metabolic profiling in pre-partum ewes.

Unfortunately in some situations post-mortem examination can provide an extremely useful diagnostic tool. Our vets are able to perform post mortem examinations on farm, or we can submit carcases to the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) at Starcross. Small lambs can also be brought into the surgery for post mortem by our vets, if necessary. We are also able to offer a comprehensive service for investigating abortion outbreaks in conjunction with the VLA.

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