COVID UPDATE – We are currently seeing essential appointments only whereas non-essential appointments may be delayed.

If mutually agreeable, subject to face coverings being worn, no clinical signs of COVID and the type of appointment, consultations will be carried out inside the building.  In order to maintain social distance we have a maximum occupancy level policy and thank you for your patience whilst waiting. We kindly request only one member of the family attends and where possible aim to get for us at the correct time for your appointment to avoid ongoing delays.

Please be aware that as from 18th January due to altered working practices we intend on closing at 6pm for the foreseeable future and will keep this under review until current lock down rules change.  Our full list of opening hours can be found here

For repeat medication requests, please order in advance as usual by telephoning us on 01458 832972 or emailing us at medicines@ovg.co.uk.  You will be requested to pay prior to collection and our reception team will provide you with further instructions as appropriate.

If you are shielding or self-isolating and require repeat medication or veterinary advice please contact us on 01458 832972.

 

We have all the equipment necessary to do worm faecal egg counts here at Orchard. Not only is this far cheaper than sending samples away to a lab, it also means that we can have an answer for you within the hour (staff availability permitting) allowing animals to be treated if necessary without having to be re-gathered.

Worming regimes based on regular egg count monitoring (as opposed to worming at set times of year) is a useful tool for both cattle and sheep.

Only using wormers when they’re really needed can save money on unnecessary treatments and also help to slow the problem of drug resistance developing (already a major headache

to sheep farmers, and increasingly common in cattle). Faecal egg counts can also help to show weather drug resistance is already present on your farm.

For the month of August, individual tests cost £10 +VAT and we’ll even provide the sample pots for you. Please talk to us about the most effective way to make use of this service.