Deer

OUR APPROACH

From the tail to the tip of the antlers, your Deer health is covered.

Our West Coast Vets team's experience in deer work ensures that our clients continue to receive top-notch advice and on-farm services for their deer.

Velveting

West Coast Vets has numerous veterinarians that can remove velvet from young spikers through to mature stags. We are able to sedate and reverse animals if you do not have facilities that can safely immobilize the stag. Spikers can have NaturOrings applied the day of or the day before they go on the truck to the works, or the velvet can be removed at least a week before slaughter.

Johnes

Johnes disease is a major problem on many deer farms, but can be subclinical on others. It is best to catch the disease early to sort out potential issues before too many detrimental effects occur. West Coast Vets works closely with Johnes Management Ltd and has many tools available to help survey Johnes disease incidence on your farm, and ways to prevent it from becoming worse.

We are always here to help so please contact any one of our clinics & one of our vets will be able to assist where possible.

THE BENEFITS

Why West Coast Vets is a great choice

We're locals

We’ve been located throughout the West Coast area for decades. It’s where we’re from and where we raise our families.

Wide network

We’re plugged into the Veterinary world and our team can call on expertise from all over the world, then deliver it locally.

Handy clinics

We’re close to you for consults, supplements, supplies...whatever you need. Pop on in or organise a delivery.

FURTHER READING

Latest news

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Tackling liver fluke

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Managing nutrition during the transition period

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Scours vaccines

Before we have even finished drying off, it is time to start looking ahead and getting prepared for next season. At an already stressful time of the year, sick and scouring calves is frustrating andRead more

Growing great girls!

As the dry period looms, it is important to be thinking about how to maintain or improve the body condition of your herd to meet spring targets. Body Condition Scores (BCS) are a great indication of Read more

Keep your furry friend smiling

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Lameness: Part 3

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Joining the WCV herd: Molly

Hi, My name is Molly and I’ll be hanging out on-farm with the vets as their new tech. Before I took this job, I was working as a barista in one of the local cafes and as an AB assistant andRead more

Prevent down cows at the works

With cull cow season in full swing, now is a good time for a refresher on some essentials your animals need, before being loaded onto a truck, to avoid down cows on arrival at the works.  The localRead more

Salmonella vaccination

Salmonella is a zoonotic disease, which means it not only affects cattle, but can be passed to humans too. Immuno-compromised or pregnant people are the most at risk of infection. There are four mainRead more

Bulk milk somatic cell count and cow health

The bulk milk somatic cell count (BMSCC) refers to the concentration of white blood cells produced by the entire herd into the vat.  Cell counts above 400,000 cells/ml are regarded as unfit forRead more

The end of an era!

As some of you will be aware, Harold has been reducing his days at West Coast Vets for the last few years and has now decided to step back and retire from his role in the retail team.  He is stillRead more