Due to the reduced staffing numbers our opening hours have changed and we are open MONDAY to FRIDAY 8am to 5pm and SATURDAYS 10am to 1pm. We continue to provide 24/7 emergency care as well as some essential care. Please be aware it may take us longer than usual to respond to queries that you send us.

Please DO NOT turn up at the practice unannounced, you MUST phone first and DO NOT COME TO THE SURGERY IF YOU ARE DEMONSTRATING CLINICAL SIGNS OF COVID-19!

Further advice can be found here. We thank you for your patience.

Established in 1939, we are farm animal specialists and have a proven history in both veterinary medicine and veterinary business in Somerset and the South West.

Not all veterinary practices are the same. While some may advertise themselves as farm animal specialists, what they really mean is that they don’t deal with pets. Orchard Vets is proud to have a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) recognised Specialist in Cattle Health and Production on the team whose knowledge is passed down through all of our staff. This experience is translated into practical, cost effective veterinary work and as a result our clients have access to expertise unrivalled in the UK.

Our focus is on preventive herd health, and we deliver this through a number of contract models, emphasising the service we provide. In our opinion, drugs should be prescribed based solely on clinical need rather than commercial incentive; that’s why we provide them ‘at cost’ as part of our contracts, often making them cheaper than internet pharmacies.

Our farm section has existed in the Glastonbury area in one form or another for around 75 years. During that time we have accumulated invaluable knowledge of the unique local conditions found in the region, particularly with reference to teart pasture management. We have also been at the forefront of the veterinary scene nationally too, from early pioneering work with AI to present day collaborations with Bristol and Nottingham Universities on ground-breaking research in to herd health and fertility, mastitis control and farm assurance schemes in dairy herds.

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What Orchard Vets can offer your farm business

Orchard Vets prides itself on providing a top quality and cost effective service to farmers. Our farm practice is predominantly dairy with some beef and sheep. Our team of farm animal vets are specialists in cattle health and production and our services include:-

  • Routine herd visits to aid in health and fertility management.
  • Mastitis and udder health, lameness and foot care.
  • Feeding for production and health
  • Provision of herd health plans that comply with the Red Tractor Farm Assurance Scheme
  • Rearing young stock
  • Bull fertility testing
  • BCVA Johnes and BVD accredited advisors
  • AHDB mobility mentor service
  • Register of Mobility Scorers (RoMS) accredited locomotor scoring

We provide a computerised recording service for our dairy farmers that allows data analysis on site with rapid turnaround time and an early warning of poor fertility and disease. This also fulfils the requirement for disease recording as a part of the Red Tractor Farm Assurance Scheme.

We are committed to the farming sector and have contributed substantially to frontline research that has made significant improvements to the health of dairy cows and the profitability of dairy farming.

We also perform duties on behalf of DEFRA including TB testing both routine and pre-movement.

A service tailored to your needs

We offer not simply an efficient 24 hour farm emergency service, staffed by our own vets, but advice on herd health matters from feeding to fertility and mastitis to minerals delivered through regular routine visits. Our philosophy is certainly that prevention is better than cure and we will work with you to ensure that things are working at the optimal level, giving the ideal balance between production and herd health.

Our range of simple, no nonsense farm contracts are tailored to your individual needs and by monitoring internet pharmacies we are able to offer incredible savings on drugs including dry cow therapy, mastitis tubes, leptospirosis vaccine and much more.