Cattle surgery is generally performed on farm but we have facilities to operate in-house if this is more suitable or convenient. We routinely carry out cow and ewe caesareans, as well as displaced abomasum operations and calf hernias, but are happy to get involved in the more unusual cases. All vets carry sterile surgical kits, and the equipment required to undertake surgery.
We have the space to hospitalise several calves, with heat lamps and IV fluids if required. Our surgery is staffed 24-hours a day, so patients can be monitored regularly throughout the night and treated as necessary.
We have a well-equipped in-house laboratory allowing us to do:
- Bloods on downer cows with results are available for calcium, magnesium and phosphorus within an hour.
- Worm egg counts with next day results telling you whether you need to worm or not helping with a more strategic approach to worming.
- Skin scrapes – examination of sheep skin scrapes can assist us in diagnosis of sheep scab and lice.
We also use our partner laboratory, Axiom, to send samples out to, as well as APHA and other laboratories where necessary to obtain the correct results.