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Increasing vet and sheep flock interactions in dairy practice

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

Authors

Emily Gasgoine

FIONA LOVATT FIONA.LOVATT@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Clinical Associate Professor

Andrew Davies

Jon Reader



Abstract

© 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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 2, 2019
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
APA6 Citation Gasgoine, E., Lovatt, F., Davies, A., & Reader, J. (2019). Increasing vet and sheep flock interactions in dairy practice. In Practice, 41(4), 177-181. https://doi.org/10.1136/inp.l1530
DOI https://doi.org/10.1136/inp.l1530
Keywords General Veterinary
Publisher URL https://inpractice.bmj.com/content/41/4/177

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