Pineview Veterinary Hospital is proud to offer herd health evaluations to our cattle, sheep, goat, alpaca, and llama clients. This service encompasses all areas of managing your animals on your farm. Here are the areas our doctors will cover while on your farm:
1. Your goals – are you a breeding farm who sells young animals? Do you raise animals for meat or milk? Are these pets or animals used for show/exhibition? Do you sell replacement heifers or young bulls? What is the main purpose for owning these animals?
2. Overall herd health – this includes visual evaluation of the animals’ body condition, skin problems, lameness issues, and ectoparasite problems. For an additional fee, we are happy to perform individual animal physical exams and testing as needed.
3. Detailed history of previous problems – this also includes where and how often you purchase new animals, where you typically sell animals, and if your animals travel for show, exhibition, or breeding.
4. Pasture quality – an assessment of the type and amount of land available in relationship to the number of animals it supports. Soil and forage testing are available for an additional fee.
5. Nutrition – grain, hay, protein supplements, and mineral programs are reviewed for efficacy. Forage testing is available for an additional fee.
6. Current vaccination program – the type of vaccines used, their storage between uses, route of administration, and frequency.
Once this initial evaluation is complete, the doctor will then make recommendations for changes to improve the animal’s health based on your specific goals. If you are routinely purchasing new animals, we can create a processing protocol for treating and vaccinating incoming animals. If you are having problems with disease, we can recommend a change in vaccine or housing that may improve your herd. Or we can adjust your nutrition program to account for over- or under-conditioned animals.
If you would like to schedule an appointment for a herd health evaluation, please call our office at (910) 655-2442. At that time, we can quote you your farm call and the cost of your evaluation.
**Please Note: The FDA requires a valid client-patient-veterinarian relationship for us to prescribe medications. This is defined as one or both doctors in the practice having seen the animal(s) in the last year.