Bovine Medicine and Herd Health

Bovine Medicine and Herd Health

Bovine Medicine and Herd Health

Our knowledgeable veterinarians are on staff to help you and answer any questions you have about your herd or individual animal.  We are on call for any large animal emergency 24/7. Please call 360-757-3722.

Routine Herd Health Visits

Your herd’s health is your profitability, and our staff is available to provide you with practical and sustainable solutions to your herd health problems along with routine veterinary care.

Visits are scheduled depending on the farm’s need, but often are weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or seasonal. Many dairy and beef farms utilize routine visits for:

  • Pregnancy diagnosis (either manually or via ultrasound)
    • Fetal-gender determination is available if desired
  • Sick-animal diagnosis – individual animal care when needed and training of farm staff to identify disease and illness along with appropriate treatments.
  • Farm consultation and management meetings for herd-wide problems or improvements.

Individual Animal Examinations

Cattle get sick, but our veterinarians are highly skilled at diagnosing common and uncommon medical problems. When a physical examination isn’t sufficient, laboratory analyses are available both in our clinic and via referral laboratories. Animals can be see on-farm or brought in-house for examination, diagnosis, and treatment.

Surgery

Our veterinarians are skilled in surgery for most bovine surgical needs. Common surgeries performed are displaced abomasum correction, cesarean section, surgical castration, wound and laceration repair, and umbilical hernia correction. Other specific surgeries may be available depending on the individual animal’s case and diagnosis.

Most surgeries can be performed on-farm. Surgical patients receive supportive care as necessary and are discharged with appropriate withdrawal times for meat and milk.

Supportive  and Consultative Services

In addition to our traditional veterinary services, we also provide other services to support our farm clients and their animals.

  • Breeding-Soundness examinations
  • Post-Mortem evaluation and diagnosis
  • Lameness examinations
  • Certificates of Veterinary Inspection and Regulatory work
    • Also known as health papers or health certificates
    • Both Domestic and International exports
    • USDA Category II accredited veterinarians
  • Farm Records and Data Analysis
    • Proficiency in DC305 and similar programs
    • Use of data to support management recommendations
    • Determine economic practicality of changes on-farm
  • Milk Quality
    • Milk sample culturing
    • Parlor efficiency and preparation routine analysis
    • Milking systems analysis
    • Sanitation and cleanliness scoring
    • Teat-end and edema scoring
  • Farm Training and Education
    • Milking parlor training
    • Cattle handling and stockmanship
    • Medication and drug-use
    • Welfare guidelines and standards
  • Program Development
    • Vaccination programs
    • Cattle processing
    • Reproductive programs and protocols
  • Collaborative Consultation
    • Work with farm management and staff
    • Work with nutritionists, reproduction specialist, and other dairy consultants
  • Facility Design
    • Ventilation
    • Animal handling and movement
    • Stall size and design