24 Hour Specialist Large Animal Cover – First Opinion and Referral Work
The Westover Veterinary Centre has provided a service to the stables and farms of Norfolk for over 100 years. Today we have six veterinary surgeons that solely do large animal work.
We have recently moved to our new clinic with the aim of improving the level of care we can offer. With modern facilities, stabling and turnout paddocks we are able to hospitalise horses much more easily to allow for closer monitoring and careful treatment or surgery.
We also hope to encourage more farm clients to bring their animals in, particularly for operations, to give us a better chance of success in a more controlled environment. In addition we offer a full ambulatory service, coming to treat your animals at your own home. We provide help with herd and flock planning as well as conducting routine fertility visits on farm.
We are a practice that strongly believes in continuing education, with all our staff attending AND teaching courses on a regular basis. We feel this is important in ensuring we keep abreast of the latest ideas and treatments.
- Our Schemes
- Infectious Diseases
- Herd/Flock Health Planning
- Parasite Control
- Referrals and Second Opinions
- Cheaper hourly rate ‘membership’time
- Up to 15% drug discount
- Out of Hours visits charged at the day visit rate
- Semen testing on all stock bulls
- Pregnancy scanning
- Two ‘dirty cow’ checks per calving season
- Calf bloods to check for adequate colostrum intake
We also run a Dairy Club, which differs from our beef suckler scheme in a few ways. The main benefits are listed below:
- Cheaper hourly rate ‘Membership’ time
- Drug Discounts of 15%
- Out of Hours visits charged at the day rate
- Free routine visits for scanning and PD sessions
For many, infectious diseases there are commercially available vaccines, although it is worth remembering that no vaccine is 100% effective and vaccination cannot replace good farm management. As well as vaccination there are a number of accreditation schemes available to reduce the presence of infectious diseases on your farm. We are promoters of the CHeCS Cattle Health Scheme and Maedi Visna (MV) accreditation and many of our clients are signed up members enjoying the benefit of a high health status and improved sale value they are able to command.
We are also able to offer ‘in house’ testing for Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) virus antigen test, which allows cheaper and quicker results when looking for persistently infected (PI) animals.
Broadly speaking, infectious diseases can be split into a few major categories, please follow the links below for more information on specific diseases:
We have experience in dealing with all types of breeding systems, whether that be block or year round calving, dairy or beef systems, down to the smaller pedigree herds and flocks.
Our specific services include
- Health Planning and benchmarking to work towards performance targets (through our beef suckler scheme or dairy club).
- Mobile scanning of cows, sheep or goats to check for pregnancy and reproductive problems.
- Breeding synchronisation programmes.
- Fertility examination of bulls and rams using an electroejaculator.
- Advanced fertility procedures such as embryo transfer and oviduct flushing
All of our large animal vets are also experienced in dealing with emergency work such as difficult calvings/lambings, caesarean section and prolapses.
Herd/Flock Health Planning
Our idea of a herd health plan is that it should be a dynamic process involving us as veterinary surgeons, specialist consultants and most importantly, the people looking after the stock. We believe they should be used to measure, manage and monitor, allowing us to react quickly should any problems arise or any part of the plan goes off target.
Calf and lamb health is an area that we feel passionately about at Westover, and is important to monitor within your herd/flock health plan. Getting it right in the first 24 hours is critical for the future health of your stock and much attention should be paid to your calving/lambing routine. Ensuring adequate colostrum intake is imperative. To monitor this, we routinely run calf bloods to check protein levels in the blood and see that enough colostrum has been taken in, this can also be done on lambs. Colostrum is hugely important as it contains the building blocks for an animals immune system, helping them fight off scours, watery mouth, respiratory disease, clostridial disease and many other conditions.
The key is to treat the right animals, at the right time, with the right product! Please read our information sheet for further information about roundworms (bowel worms), liver fluke, rumen fluke, tapeworm, coccidiosis, lungworm, cryptosporidium and ectoparasites such as lice and mites.
Appointments and Orders
Our working hours are Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm, Out of Hours (emergency) visits are available outside of these times, including bank holidays.
Ordering Medicines please allow 24 hours notice when ordering medicines, the delivery from our supplier usually comes after lunchtime so when collecting it is sensible to come in the afternoon, although it is advisable to call in advance to check your order has arrived. Fridge items such as vaccination sometimes require 48-72 hours notice, particularly if large quantities are required. All our receptionists are able to deal with your order but for special requests our pharmacy supervisor Alison Horne will be able to help.
Medicated Feed Prescriptions we are able to provide these for your enterprise providing we have seen your stock within the last 12 months. We advise an annual routine visit which usually takes between 15-30 minutes. Once this has been completed we will be able to issue a prescription once we have received instruction from the mill.
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Referrals and Second Opinions
The veterinary surgeons in this practice recognise that in some instances a case may be outside their area of competence and will, therefore, refer it to a colleague who they are satisfied has additional skills to carry out the investigations or treatment involved.
The client may not be clear on the distinction between a second opinion and a referral. A second opinion is merely for confirmation of diagnosis. A referral is for diagnosis and possible treatment in a case which requires specialist knowledge or facilities that are not available in this practice – after which the case will be referred back to our practice.
It is practice policy to encourage clients to obtain a second opinion, either within the practice or at a neighbouring practice, if there is any doubt over a diagnosis.
We can also recommend a number of referral centres and we will make the clinical records and any x-rays or laboratory tests, relevant to the case, available to the referring practice.