Staff Profile: Brodhi Carracher

Name: Brodhi Carracher Role: Mixed Animal Veterinarian Education: 2019 Graduate of The University of Adelaide Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Pets: Boer Goats and Chooks Hobbies: Football and Golf Special Interests: Agriculture is a passion of mine, especially improving efficiency in sheep and beef production. A bit about me … Born and bred western Victorian farm kid who loves playing football on the weekends and enjoys getting back to the farm and looking after the Simmental stud cows and crossbred...

Mucosal Disease

The killer form of BVD (Pestivirus) Warrnambool Veterinary recently investigated a beef farm where 17 out of 90 cattle died over a 12 month period due to MUCOSAL DISEASE. The losses started at about 12 months of age and continued intermittently for 12 months. Animals were often found dead, or were sick for 1 to 2 days before death. Mucosal Disease is a fatal form of BVD which only occurs when cattle persistently infected with BVDV Type 1 become infected with a more virulent strain of BVDV. The disease is usually seen in cattle between 6 and 21 months of age. Mucosal disease causes ulcers in the mouth, intestinal tract, vulva and feet (this can look like foot and mouth disease!), lameness, drooling from the mouth, diarrhoea and death. When the remaining animals were tested, 13 of the remaining 70 animals were Persistently Infected (PIs). The details of BVD are outlined below. In this case, it almost certain the mothers had never encountered BVD and had no immunity. A Persistently Infected animal was introduced when the cows were pregnant in the first 3 months. A large number of PIs were produced. Why so many apparently normal animals developed secondary Mucosal Disease is still being investigated. BVDV or Mucosal Disease is usually known for causing reproductive losses, abortions, ill-thrifty calves and susceptibility to secondary infections. This is true, but BVD can result in fairly sudden death as occurred in this case BVDV or Mucosal Disease is usually known for causing reproductive losses, abortions, ill-thrifty calves and susceptibility to secondary infections. This is true, but BVD can result in fairly sudden...

HHMC October 2019

Herd Health Management Course Practical training delivered by experienced Dairy Veterinarians October dates: Tuesday 22  |  Thursday 24  |  Tuesday 29  |  Thursday 31 Time: 10 am - 2.30 pm. Lunch provided Location: Warrnambool Veterinary conference room, 514 Raglan Parade, Warrnambool. Full course notes and CalfPRO handbook provided. Calf Rearing School  $160 per person  The Total Calf Rearing School is day one of the Herd Health Management Course. Students can choose to do the full Herd Health Management Course or just enrol in the Total Calf Rearing School. Topics covered include: Colostrum management  Nutrition  Worms  Vaccination protocols  Housing  Weight monitoring and management  Coccidiosis, diarrhea, Johne’s Disease Heifer rearing  The Total Calf Rearing School is essential if you are committed to rearing high quality replacement heifers. Download Brochure Herd Health Management Course $395 per person  The course is designed to give an overview of dairy farm management from nutrition to reproduction and mastitis control. It addresses issues we commonly see as a problem on the dairy farms our vets visit. Topics covered include: Reproductive management  Milking Mastitis Control Problems Associated with Calving Metabolic Diseases Calf  Rearing – Management and Diseases Growing Replacements – from Calving to Mating Basics of Nutrition – Use of Grain, Supplements, Pastures, Fodder crops & Problems  Lameness  Salmonella, Worms  Mineral Deficiencies Other diseases  The use of computers in Farm Management – including Dairy Data and Farm Cash  For further information or to enrol in the Total Calf Rearing Course or the Herd Health Management Course call Warrnambool Veterinary Farm Desk on 5561...

Paws Appreciation Day 2019

Fiddler’s Green Port Fairy Thursday 17 January 10.30 am – 1.00 pm Come along to Fiddler’s Green at Port Fairy this Thursday 17 January from 10.30 am until 1.00 pm and celebrate our 4-legged family members at the Moyneyana Festival’s Paws Appreciation Day! The friendly team from Warrnambool and Point Fairy Veterinary will be there so don’t forget to drop by the marquee and say hi! Take a happy snap of your pooch at the Warrnambool/Port Fairy Veterinary Fur Life Vet marquee. Post it to the Warrnambool Veterinary Facebook page. The picture that gets the most likes will win a super Pet Pamper Hamper! Fur Life Vet cooling pet bandanna and collapsible pet bowl give-aways – Limited supplies so be quick! Download the event brochure here! Download the event...

Pet Dental Month – August

Bad breath is a sign of dental disease, so if your cat or dog’s breath makes you gag this may be a cause for concern. August is Pet Dental Month we are encouraging local pet owners to take an active role in keeping their pets teeth and gums healthy.  According to the latest studies, dental disease is one of the most frequently diagnosed health problems for our pets.  By the age of two, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of dental disease.   % 80% of dogs by age 3 have dental disease % 70% of cats by age 3 have dental disease Dental disease and mouth pain can affect a pet’s quality of life, appetite, behavior and general well being. Dental signs to watch out for: Bad breath Chewing on one side of the mouth or pawing at the mouth Red, inflamed or bleeding gums Tooth loss Going to the food bowl but not eating Excess salivation Build up of yellow-brown tarter around the gum line. The bacteria associated with dental disease can spread through the blood stream and cause damage to internal tissues and organs. Dental disease has been linked to numerous health problems in dogs, including liver, kidney and heart disease. Pets can’t brush their own teeth, but pet owners can help to protect their pets from dental disease by combining a good dental homecare program, with regular dental examinations and a complete and balanced clinically proven dental food. Warrnambool Veterinary offers FREE dental checks for our clients.  If we recommend a dental procedure for your pet during dental month, you will...
Neil Chesterton Lameness Seminar

Neil Chesterton Lameness Seminar

 Wednesday 29 August 2018 Dr Neil Chesterton presents Understanding Lameness: A risky business Common lameness conditions and their risk factors Dr Neil Chesterton, New Zealand, is an international expert on lameness prevention. Neil’s interesting and informative two-part talk will cover common lameness conditions and their risk factors. If preventing lameness is a high priority on your farm this seminar is not to be missed. Date: Wednesday 29 August 2018 Time: 6:45pm for 7pm start Location: Flying Horse Bar & Brewery, Raglan Parade, Warrnambool. RSPV: By 5 pm Tuesday 28 August 2018 Warrnambool Farm Desk 5561 7666 or Terang & Mortlake Veterinary Clinic 5592 2111 Light supper provided Download Seminar...