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Increasing vet and sheep flock interactions in dairy practice

Gasgoine, Emily; Lovatt, Fiona; Davies, Andrew; Reader, Jon

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Emily Gasgoine

Clinical Associate Professor

Andrew Davies

Jon Reader


© 2019 BMJ Publishing Group Limited. Sheep medicine has traditionally been a low priority for cattle-dominated practice, as it is commonly thought that there is minimal financial opportunities in this sector. The perception has been that the vet's role regarding sheep is that of an emergency care provider and that farmers would be reluctant to pay for training and preventive advice. As such, this has inhibited investment in sheep services within farm animal practices that predominantly focus on dairy cattle, as these services are deemed less lucrative revenue streams for the business (Bellet and others 2015). In this article, we explore the challenges associated with delivering sheep preventive medicine within private veterinary practice, and look at how, by harnessing positive relationships with commercial flock owners, farm animal practices can develop this service.


Gasgoine, E., Lovatt, F., Davies, A., & Reader, J. (2019). Increasing vet and sheep flock interactions in dairy practice. In Practice, 41(4), 177-181.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 26, 2018
Online Publication Date May 2, 2019
Publication Date May 2, 2019
Deposit Date Mar 18, 2019
Publicly Available Date May 3, 2020
Journal In Practice
Print ISSN 0263-841X
Electronic ISSN 2042-7689
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 41
Issue 4
Pages 177-181
Keywords General Veterinary
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