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What Does A Farm Vet Typically Do?

Author : Cara Brownethorpe

Farm vets work with animals found on farms such as poultry, sheep, cows, horses and pigs. They also deal with the less common livestock animals such as bison. They spend their time travelling from farm to farm, helping sick livestock, checking for diseases and giving advice to farmers on topics ranging from disease prevention and milk production to breeding.

Although farm vets treat sick animals, much of what they do is to make sure animals don't get sick in the first place. Apart from giving healthcare advice, and doing routine wok such as foot trimming, they can also give vaccinations to help protect against disease.

Sometimes it will be necessary to operate on an animal or prescribe medicine if an animal has still managed to pick up a disease or have an accident.

If a disease such as TB or foot and mouth comes to an area, the farm vets can carry out screening to see which animals test positive.

Farmers often require vets to help with the birth of their animals and it is particularly common for them to assist with the birth of calves, foals and lambs.

Farm vets need to be available at all hours of the day and night because a farmer can have an emergency at any time. Whilst the non-emergency work can be scheduled into a normal working day, there needs to be 24 hour cover from a vet for the rest of the time and this is often worked out by an on-call rota.

Their working conditions are varied and the job involves a lot of work outdoors and work in unsanitary conditions. There is also an element of danger from the animals because they can kick or trample the vet when they are scared or unhappy with what is happening to them. Farm, vets will travel from farm to farm, often covering a wide geographical area and they are a lifeline for farmers who need to make sure that their animals are in the best possible health at all times.

To find a farm vet, try your local phone book or look online using local search terms such as 'farm vet Wiltshire', 'farm vet in Hampshire' or 'farm vet in Dorset'.

If you want to become a farm vet, you will need to gain a degree in veterinary science. Look online for veterinary science udergraduate courses.

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Endell Veterinary Group are an example of vets offering farm vet services. They are vets in Salisbury, Wiltshire

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