What is a Production Animal?
Production animals are domesticated animals raised in an agricultural setting to produce commodities such as food and fiber. At Greenville Veterinary Clinic, we provide services for dairy cattle, beef cattle, alpacas, llamas, swine, sheep, goats, rabbits, poultry, and honeybees.
Production Animal Herd Health
Greenville Veterinary Clinic offers bovine, small ruminant, swine, and honeybee services to customize the needs of the individual producer. This includes vaccinations, disease control, nutritional needs, and parasite management. We also have a portable chute to assist with cattle restraint. Aside from basic herd wellness and care, we offer reproductive services.
Vaccination Programs for Production Animals
Greenville Veterinary Clinic can tailor a vaccine program unique to your environment and herd or can help you meet requirements for the local salebarn’s GLA programs. We store and transport our vaccines properly, so there is no need to worry about the quality of your vaccines. Our doctors are more than happy to discuss vaccination pros and cons.
Intestinal Parasite Control
Recent research has shown that internal parasites have become more and more resistant to dewormers. This is a growing concern to all livestock owners, including cattle, goats, sheep, and swine. With no new dewormers on the market, it is more important now than ever to ensure that deworming protocols are effective and do not promote parasite resistance.
Most parasitologists now recommend a targeted, evidence-based approach to parasite management called strategic deworming. Strategic deworming utilizes fecal egg counts (FEC) and fecal egg count reduction testing (FECRT) to create a deworming protocol specifically designed for the livestock on your farm.
If you are interested in strategic deworming, give us a call and talk to one of our staff members. This may be a program that can help you provide a higher level of care for your livestock, while helping to maintain the effectiveness of the available dewomers. If strategic deworming is not an option for you, we can still evaluate your current deworming program by utilizing fecal egg counts.
There are times when it is necessary to perform additional laboratory tests for diagnosis. Greenville Veterinary Clinic has the capability to perform a wide range of laboratory tests on blood, urine, feces, and biopsied tissue in our clinic.
Although we do offer laboratory testing in our clinic, we do have to send some specimens off to a referral diagnostic lab. We ship samples Monday through Thursday and often have results back within one week.
General Surgery on Farm or at Clinic
Greenville Veterinary Clinic performs soft tissue surgery by using standing sedation or by laying them down. A few examples of the surgeries we do include displaced abomasum (DA) surgery, castrations, dehorning, and laceration repair.
Greenville Veterinary Clinic has the ability to use digital radiology at the clinic or on-farm. Digital radiographs produce a much clearer, more detailed image that we can view immediately.
Digital radiographs can be emailed or saved to a disk and given to you as part of your personal medical records for your individual animal. Images can also be shared quickly via email to specialists when a second opinion is desired.
Reproductive Ultrasound Services
Greenville Veterinary Clinic offers extensive farm animal reproductive services including reproductive ultrasounds, artificial insemination, and semen evaluation. Pregnancy diagnosis by ultrasound has several advantages including pregnancy detection as early as 30 days of gestation, more precise diagnosis of twins, and detailed information about fetal health.
Breeding Soundness Exam
One of the most valuable and often underutilized services available to producers is the bull breading soundness exam (BSE). This exam allows us to assess a bull’s potential breeding fitness. The BSE is recommended to be performed prior to breeding season. Bulls make up half of the breeding herd, and should be managed as carefully as the cow herd to ensure a productive calving season. Scrotum characteristics, sperm motility, sperm morphology, penis shape, legs, feet and body condition are all evaluated with the BSE. We can use our testing equipment at your facilities or halter-broke bulls can be hauled to our clinic.
PQA Plus Certification
Pork Quality Assurance® Plus (PQA Plus®) provides a framework for significant, relevant food safety standards and improved animal well-being. Pork producers pride themselves on the commitment to continuous improvement. PQA Plus is regularly revised to increase its effectiveness, incorporate new research information and ensure the program’s validity.
Maintaining its food safety tradition to ensure U.S. pork products continue to be recognized domestically and internationally as the highest quality and safest available, PQA Plus also provides information to ensure producers can measure, track and continuously improve animal well-being.
Dr. Lynette Hemker is a PQA Certified Advisor and can help you become PQA Plus certified. If you are already certified and it has not expired, there is an online option for your renewal.
Although bees are insects, they are classified as food animals because of their honey production. As of January 1, 2017 the list of antibiotics that need veterinary oversight through a Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) now includes many common antibiotic feeds, including antibiotics used in honeybee hives. Antibiotics used by beekeepers will no longer be available over the counter. In an effort to address concerns with antibiotic resistance, the FDA has ruled that antibiotics used to treat common bee diseases now need to be ordered by a veterinarian either through a prescription or Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). Beekeepers can no longer diagnose and treat problems requiring antibiotics without a licensed veterinarian.
In order to write a VFD, the veterinarian needs to have an established Veterinary-Client-Patient-Relationship (VCPR). A veterinarian cannot “phone-in” a prescription, such as Tetra-Bee Mix 2X or Terramycin. According to the FDA Guidance for Industry 209/213 document, the veterinarian needs to engage with the client to assume responsibility for making decisions about animal health. The veterinarian needs to have sufficient knowledge of the patient by patient examination and/or visits to the facility where the patient is managed. This would include a visit to the bee yard during which a veterinarian looks at records of treatment, inspects a percentage of hives, and evaluates the health of the colony.
Dr. Detmer and Dr. Hemker are willing to help you! If you anticipate antibiotics in your bee yard within the next year, schedule an appointment to have us set up a valid Veterinary-Client-Patient-Relationship (VCPR). We recommend having this done during the summer months when hives can be opened.
Greenville Veterinary Clinic offers 24-hour emergency care service. This service is designed for situations that require immediate veterinary attention after hours. If you have a critically ill or injured animal, please do not try to contact us by e-mail or through this website. Please call us directly at (618) 664-0640. If it is after-hours, please call (618) 292-7567.