In light of the covid-19 situation we are constantly reviewing how our team works and what services we are able to offer in order to keep everybody safe – clients and staff.
The current advice from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons is still to suspend any work which doesn’t have a direct effect on animal welfare and/or food production. This means that throughout lockdown we continued to offer emergency services including lambings/calvings and treating sick animals as well as fertility work for dairy farms, but had to stop other routine work like de-horning and castrating. We are currently reviewing whether we can safely carry out some of the procedures that have been on hold and in most cases, with a few alterations to our normal protocols, we are able to get you booked in. These arrangements are decided on a case-by-case basis depending on whether we can maintain social distancing and still ensure the safety of our staff and those handling the animals. If we had postponed some work for you, one of our team should have been in contact to keep you updated. If you’re not sure whether we are offering a certain service at the moment please don’t hesitate to ring us and ask.
As rules seem to be relaxing, please bear with us if it seems we are still being cautious – we have to plan and organise our team so that we are still able to offer 24hour emergency cover if any of our staff become ill. To help reduce the risk to our team the farm vets are now working from home, so please try to give us reasonable notice if you need to change a visit as it takes a little longer to organise things. This also means it is unlikely that a vet will be immediately available to answer a phone call to the practice, but we will endeavour to return the call as soon as possible. Like normal, we ask that you phone ahead to order medicines.
During visits we request that the minimum number of people required to safely handle the animals are present and we’ll do our best to try to ensure we all stay the recommended 2m apart. Our staff will have facemasks to wear (and may offer you one) when this is not possible e.g. handling calves or sheep. As usual, please phone ahead before bringing animals to the practice for examination.
If you are feeling unwell or have any symptoms of covid-19, please do not visit the practice and let our staff know before any farm visits so alternative arrangements can be made.
Our excellent team of round-the-clock large animal vets is at the forefront of livestock practice. We are proactive and forward thinking, using up-to-date equipment and methods.
On call 24 hours a day
With two vets on call every night we can respond to farm emergencies quickly. We always provide two vets for bovine caesarians. We offer a full ambulatory and emergency service and also carry out some procedures at the practice.
Led by a cattle specialist
Our team is led by our vet, Helen Cockerill. She holds a Diploma in Bovine Reproduction and has completed a 3 year placement at the University of Liverpool at their farm animal practice and referral centre. Helen is fully qualified to carry out Bull Breeding Examinations and has a keen interest in Suckler Herd Fertility.
What we offer clients:
We believe in keeping our farmers up to date with the ever-changing veterinary world and believe prevention is better than cure!
Advice on vaccine choice and vaccination schedules
Guidance on the responsible and appropriate use of antibiotics
Health Planning for dairy, beef and sheep clients
Regular group meetings for farmers with topics rotating between sheep, dairy and beef
Close links with ADHB
Monthly newsletters about emerging problems and new veterinary developments
As well as all associated everyday veterinary work!
Ordering vaccines, antibiotics and drugs
We sell vaccines, antibiotics and all the necessary farm animal drugs. We offer competitive prices on wormers and fluke products. To avoid waiting times, we request that farm clients pre-order prescription medicines.
For more information please contact us by telephone
(24 Hour Emergency Service):
Tel: 01751 472204 | Fax: 01751 477489
(Please note that we record all phone calls for training and monitoring purposes)