Bovine Care

Our staff is trained to provide quality care to your animal whether they are companions or livestock. Our services consist of nutrition plans, reproduction assistance, health certificates,  emergency surgeries, and much more.

With our fully equipped cattle facility, we are able to vaccinate and treat cattle in a safe and timely manner.  Vaccinations, BSE, lameness evaluations and castrations are performed in a chute with head catch.

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Wellness Exams
& Herd Checks 

Annual wellness exams are fundamental in maintaining long-term health for your companions. Routine vaccinations, maintenance lab work, parasite prevention, nutrition plans are just some of the key topics discussed in yearly checkups. 

What to expect:

Whether they are a farm companion, a production animal, or a full herd, you can expect a well-rounded, thorough assessment of your bovine's general health. Your vet will also provide insight and answers to any questions and/or concerns you may have. Our staff is trained to use techniques involving low stress and positive reward in order for you and your animals to have the most positive experience possible. Depending on our client
s' needs, we offer care at our clinic or farm calls where we provide ambulatory services.

General Condition

Your vet will begin by assessing your cow's general condition -- from body weight, to coat and skin health, to any obvious lumps or other abnormalities. They will then discuss these findings with you and go over any specific concerns you might have.

Nose-to-tail Exam

Your doctor will then go ahead with what we call, a "nose-to-tail" exam. This includes a thorough, hands-on exam of your animal. They will begin by looking at their eyes, ears, mouth, and nose for any discharge, growths, signs of disease, excessive plaque, and/or any other abnormalities.

Next, they will move on to internal health. Lymph nodes will be examined for any signs of swelling or pain. Their abdomen will be assessed as well to check for any abnormalities in the internal structures. The vet will also determine if there are any issues regarding their heart or lungs by listening to them in a resting position. 

Vaccinations and Testing

Once your vet has ensured your animal is healthy enough handle annual/semi-annual vaccinations, those will be administered gently and efficiently. We will also recommend testing their fecal for intestinal parasites and putting them on a regular deworming schedule based on their results. Regular blood testing is always recommended during annual visits, especially in our senior patients. This allows us to stay ahead of any possible diseases or abnormalities and possibly provide treatment before it becomes a problem.

 

Wellness Plans

Before your visit is over, your vet will go over any necessary wellness plans based on your animal's assessment. This may include dietary instructions, regular medications and/or therapies, any necessary recheck appointments or referrals for further treatment, and any other general advice they might have. 

 

Vaccinations & Deworming

Regular vaccinations, treatments, and deworming can help protect your cow from getting and spreading many harmful diseases. During their annual exam, these will always be recommended. Since every animal requires different treatment based on their lifestyle, we will discuss what vaccines and dewormers are best for them.

Vaccination and treatment schedule for
heifers pre-breeding to calving:

Pre-breeding (10-12 months

  • IBR-PI3-BVD-BRSV 

  • Leptospirosis 

  • Clostridial spp. 

  • Vibriosis (optional) 

 40-60 days prior to calving

  • IBR-PI3-BVD-BRSV 

  • Clostridial spp. 

  • Leptospirosis

 

Calf scours:

  • Rota and Corona virus

  • E. coli + Clostridium perfringens, type C & D

3 weeks prior to calving

Calf scours:

  • Rota and Corona virus

  • E. coli + Clostridium perfringens, type C & D

Vaccination and treatment schedule for
dairy heifers from birth to 6 months of age:

0-24 hours

  • Colostrum management is of primary importance for the health of the newborn calf.  Calves should be fed 3 quarts of colostrum within an hour of birth and should receive a total of 6 quarts of colostrum within the first 24 hours of life.

6 weeks

  • IBR-PI3-BVD-BRSV

  • Clostridial spp. 

4-6 months

  • Brucellosis (RB51)

6-10 months

  • IBR-PI3-BVD-BRSV 

  • Clostridial spp.

  • Leptospirosis 

Vaccination and treatment schedule for
adult dairy cattle:

40-60 days prior to calving

  • IBR-PI3-BVD-BRSV

  • Leptospirosis

  • Vibriosis (optional)
     

Calf scours:

  • Rota and Corona virus

  • E.coli + Clostridium perfringens, type C&D

3 weeks prior to calving

Calf scours:

  • Rota and Corona virus

  • E.coli + Clostridium perfringens, type C&D

Annual boosters

  • IBR-PI3-BVD-BRSV

  • Leptospirosis

  • Vibriosis (optional)

Vaccination and treatment schedule for bulls:

**For dairy herd bulls, it is suggested that producers purchase only virgin bulls from reliable sources with known vaccination histories, and these bulls should have negative test results for persistent BVD virus infection, brucellosis, and tuberculosis.  All herd additions should also undergo a minimum isolation period of 30 days and preferably 60 days.  All bulls should have been designated as satisfactory potential breeders, utilizing the standard breeding soundness examination, prior to exposure to breeding females.

At breeding soundness examination

  • IBR-PI3-BVD-BRSV

  • Leptospirosis

  • Vibriosis (optional)
     

Annual boosters

  • IBR-PI3-BVD-BRSV

  • Leptospirosis

  • Vibriosis (optional)

 
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Deworming Schedule
 

It is recommended to treat cattle one or two times a year and calves at weaning. It has now been determined that if nursing calves are also dewormed they will have an increased weaning weight. Treating cows regularly for parasites increases milk production and over-all health for the herd.

 

**If you are a new client, please be sure to have your animal's medical records sent over at least 24 hours prior to your appointment. This allows us to provide you with a smooth and efficient first experience.

 

Health Certificates
 

A valid certificate of veterinary inspection issued by a USDA-certified veterinarian makes it possible for you to travel freely and legally within the state or across state lines with your animals. Across the bigger picture, health certificates help the USDA protect our country’s agriculture by preventing the spread of diseases and parasites among livestock and horses.

Having a history of health certificates for all of your animals also creates a paper trail that can be used to document and prove the good health and veterinary history of your livestock and horses. This documentation is invaluable when it comes time to sell, move, or show your animals.

How to get a health certificate?

If you’re traveling intrastate or interstate, be sure to research the requirements of your destination. Next, gather your animals’ medical history and schedule a health certificate appointment at the clinic.

Only properly trained, USDA-certified veterinarians can provide livestock owners with a certificate of veterinary inspection, health certificate, or acclimation certificate. The veterinarians at Northwest Florida Animal Clinic are fully qualified and certified to provide our clients with domestic health certificates for their livestock and horses.

To learn more about obtaining a health certificate for your large animals, we welcome you to give us a call and schedule an appointment today!

 
Cow and Calf

Pregnancy Diagnosis and Monitoring

Throughout your animal’s pregnancy, we’ll schedule frequent checkups to monitor the animal’s health and gestation progress.

 

Planned and Emergent C-Sections

Between our dedicated staff and our fully-stocked ambulatory services, we are fully equipped to provide emergency births and c-sections.

Reproduction
 

To make the most of your livestock investment, breeding and reproduction are very important. However, breeding farm animals without a veterinarian’s expertise definitely comes with risks. At Northwest Florida Animal Clinic, our veterinarians are trained to help you keep your animals happy and healthy throughout their reproductive process.

Reproductive Examination 

Whether you are purchasing a heifer or cow to breed, have one that is already bred, or have one that is struggling to breed, our doctors can evaluate the soundness of your animal's reproductive system and help you understand all of your options. It is always important to understand whether your animal is healthy enough to conceive and to undergo a pregnancy before breeding. We can provide you with advice for achieving your desired results and making the most out of your animal’s reproductive cycle.

Ovulation Timing, Semen Collection, & Insemination

Our vets will assess your female animals to properly time their ovulation cycles and identify their windows of fertility for the most successful assisted insemination outcomes. For male animals, we facilitate semen collection for fertility testing. We can assist with A.I. but at this time, we do not have options for freezing and preservation. 

 

Surgical Procedures

The thought of your animal having surgery can be a source of anxiety and stress for many owners. Our compassionate veterinary team is trained to make sure that they are well cared for from the moment you drop them off, until you pick them back up. Whether they need minor surgery or a complex procedure, our surgical services can benefit your pet and possibly even save their life. Before surgery day, we will do any necessary testing and treatments in order to ensure your animal has the best possible outcome. On surgery day, our goal is to provide you and your animal with a stress-free, safe, and successful experience. 

Common surgeries we offer to our bovine patients:

  • Reproductive issues

  • Standard castrations

  • Cryporchid castrations

  • Laceration repair

  • Mass removals

  • Umbilical and inguinal hernia repair

  • Minor joint trauma repair

**If your animal requires a surgery or procedure that goes beyond our physical and/or technical capabilities, we will refer you to Auburn University Veterinary Clinic.

We offer many other services for our bovine patients. 

These include but are not limited to...

  • Dystocia care

  • Nutrition and body condition plans

  • Microchipping

  • Pre-purchase exams

  • Pain management

  • Allergy relief

  • Tagging/tattooing

  • Calf disbudding

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Call today if you have any questions or concerns regarding treatment for your cattle

 

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