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Farm Animals

Vet services and information for farmers

We provide a full range of veterinary services for farm animals in Norfolk and Suffolk. Please see a summary of our services and further reading below, contact us for more info or register here.

Information For Farmers Healthy Hooves

dairy farming

We pride ourselves in the quality and efficiency of our service to our farming clients. Our aim is to give our farmers access to the highest standards of veterinary health care in order for them to achieve the best health, fertility and production from their stock.

We are able to provide both first opinion and consultancy services. Mike Bardsley our senior vet also has a post graduate certificate from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in Cattle Health and Production.

The services that we are able to provide include:

  • Full range of clinical services and surgical solutions.
  • Full range of disease and diagnostic screening.
  • Scanning and manual early pregnancy diagnosis.
  • Fertility management and planning.
  • Health plans and management.
  • Nutritional service.
  • Services of a livestock business advisor.
  • BCVA (British Cattle Veterinary Association) Farm Assurance Health Planning computer program.
  • Herd Companion program to analyse NMR records for cell counts, feed, health, yeild, quality and key performance areas of production.
  • Interherd computer program for detailed analysis of NMR or CIS records for cell counts, fertilty, feed, health, milk quality and performance analysis.
  • Contract or discount schemes available for all farm enterprises.
  • Independent consultancy services available for sire selection, buildings design, milking plant troubleshooting or expansion.

beef sucklers & beef rearing

The pastures of the Broadland area, the marshes and the environmentally sensitive grasslands of East Anglia are home to some of the finest beef cattle in the UK. We take pride in our involvement in producing prime quality animals for the domestic market and in the quality and efficiency of the service we provide to our farming clients. Our aim is to give our farmers access to the highest standards of veterinary health care in order for them to achieve the best health, fertility and production from their stock.

We are able to provide both first opinion and consultancy services. Mike Bardsley our senior vet also has a post graduate certificate from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in Cattle Health and Production.

The services that we are able to provide include:

  • Full range of clinical services and surgical solutions.
  • Full range of disease and diagnostic screening.
  • Scanning and manual early pregnancy diagnosis.
  • Fertility management and planning.
  • Health plans and management – including advice on stock purchase.
  • Nutritional service
  • Services of a livestock business advisor.
  • BCVA (British Cattle Veterinary Association) Farm Assurance Health Planning computer program.
  • Contract or discount schemes available for all farm enterprises.
  • Independent consultancy services available for sire selection, buildings design, milking plant troubleshooting or expansion.

sheep

The pastures of the Broadland area, the marshes and the environmentally sensitive grasslands of East Anglia produce some of the finest lamb in the UK. We take pride in our involvement in producing prime quality animals for the domestic market and in the quality and efficiency of the service we provide to our farming clients. Our aim is to give our farmers access to the highest standards of veterinary healthcare in order for them to achieve the best health, fertility and production from their stock.

We are able to provide both first opinion and consultancy services. The services that we are able to provide include:

  • Full range of clinical services and surgical solutions.
  • Full range of disease and diagnostic screening.
  • Fertility management and planning.
  • Health plans and management – including advice on stock purchase.
  • Health Plans and advice for Organic Production.
  • Farm Assurance Health Planning Computer Program.

goats

More and more homes are keeping Goats as pets. The Pigmy Goats in particular are very popular with young families. This area has always had a high Goat population and our practice is experienced in their treatment and care.

Our aim is to give our clients access to the highest standards of veterinary health care in order for them to achieve the best healthcare for their Goats. One of our vets is a member of the Goat Veterinary Society.

We are able to provide both first opinion and consultancy services. The services that we are able to provide include:

  • Ambulatory call out service.
  • Option of bringing your Goat to the Clinic for treatment to save on visit charges.
  • Full range of clinical services and surgical solutions.
  • Full range of disease and diagnostic screens.

Poultry

We see an increasing number of poultry at our practice mainly small flocks for egg and meat production and showing. We are able to offer advice in the prevention, control and treatment of disease. The main areas are listed below.

  • Breeding and rearing.
  • Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Parasite Control.
  • Biosecurity.
  • Post Mortem & Disease Investigation.
  • In Feed & Water Medication.

Infectious Coryza

All owners of domestic poultry and game bird flocks should be aware of an outbreak of Infectious Coryza in southern England. The links on the right of this page give the clinical signs and the web page for continuing updates on the disease situation. If you suspect Infectious Coryza in your flock please contact us immediately.

Game Birds

The Norfolk and Suffolk area has some of the most picturesque and challenging shoots in the country. Our practice has a long history of involvement in game bird management and health; we are able to offer advice in the following areas:

  • Breeding Management.
  • Incubation.
  • Rearing Chicks.
  • Rearing Poults.
  • Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Parasite Control.
  • Biosecurity.
  • Post Mortem & Disease Investigation.
  • In Feed & Water Medication.

Infectious Coryza

All owners of domestic poultry and game bird flocks should be aware of an outbreak of Infectious Coryza in southern England. The links on the right of this page give the clinical signs and the web page for continuing updates on the disease situation. If you suspect Infectious Coryza in your flock please contact us immediately.

Organic Farming

Three Rivers Veterinary Group are experienced in organic livestock production in all species especially dairy, beef, lamb and pork. Organic production is becoming much more specialised and forward planning is essential; we are able to give advice in the following areas:

  • Organic Standards.
  • The Organic Approach.
  • Production levels.
  • Biosecurity.
  • Zoonoses.
  • Animal Health Plans.
  • Welfare Assessment.
  • The Responsible Use of Veterinary Medicines.
  • Vaccinations.
  • Food Safety.
  • Alternative Treatments.
  • Housing.
  • Nutrition.
  • Breeding and reproduction.
  • Calf Management.
  • Parasite control.

If you are considering a change to organic production or if you need help and advice with your current organic farm please contact us.

Contract Schemes

Three Rivers Veterinary Group have been running farm contract schemes for almost 10 years and during that time we have improved and added to the service with the benefit of our experience and the feedback from our farmers. The key features of the dairy farmer’s scheme are outlined below:

  • All visits and professional fees are included in a monthly fee linked to herd size.
  • All medicines at discounted prices.
  • Farm Assurance and Herd Health Plan included in the contract.
  • Recording system for Farm Assurance included in the contract.
  • Out of hours calls at normal call out prices.
  • Free quarterly mastitis consultancy visits.
  • Free biannual screening for BVD, IBR, Leptospirosis (non-vaccinated herds).
  • Costings and quota management service offered at discounted price.
  • Royal College of Veterinary Surgeon’s certificate holder in cattle health and production.
  • Other independent consultancy services available e.g. sire selection, buildings design, expansion plans, milking plant troubleshooting.


Similar packages are available for sheep, beef rearing and beef suckler units. Please contact us for details of our schemes and for information as to how they can be tailored to your own requirements.

Schmallenberg Virus

What is the Schmallenberg Virus?

The Schmallenberg virus is a newly emerging virus in the same family as the Akabane virus. Little is known about it, but new information is coming to light daily. As it is a new virus testing is still being developed and a vaccine is a long way off.

The virus appears to be spread by biting insects most likely midges (similar to bluetongue), however, direct transmission may also occur. Acording to Met office data there were 4-8 days in August to late October when infected midges could have been blown across the channel. Thus disease is emerging now but infection actually took place last year.

It appears that animals which are bitten by infected insects are highly likely to contract the disease, and subsequent insects biting this animal are highly likely to become infected themselves. Spread of the disease therefore is a lot quicker and easier than we have seen with bluetongue.

What does it do?

The clinical signs of Schmallenberg virus seem to primarily be seen in the foetus. These clinical signs consist of severe brain damage/deformities if infection occurs in the first third of pregnancy, limb deformities if infection occurs in the middle third of pregnancy, and brain problems presenting as depression, problems standing/balancing, and inability to suckle if infection occurs in the last third of pregnancy.

Infection in the animal usually has no symptoms at all, although in cattle it may present as diarrhoea, high temperature, and reduced milk yield.

Newborn animals that are affected may or may not be viable, whether the viable effected offspring are a disease risk to other animals is not known, it would be wise to separate any affected offspring with their dam, from the rest of the flock/herd.

At the present time infection has only been confirmed in sheep, but all ruminants are susceptible. Infection rates are variable, but up to 50% of offspring can be affected.

Can it infect humans?

Some viruses in the same family as this can infect humans but it seems Schmallenberg lacks the required genes. Having said this we would recommend women who are pregnant or hoping to become pregnant should not come into contact with ruminant animals, especially around lambing/calving/kidding.

What should I do?

At present the disease is not notifiable, but we encourage you to report any birth abnormalities to us at Three Rivers. Currently the testing is free of charge but you will need to take the animal to the lab in Bury St Edmunds.

The DEFRA website is updated daily with all the latest information, so this is a good place to start if you have questions or concerns.

If you require any further information or think you may have a case of Schmallenberg, please do not hesitate to contact us at the Beccles practice.

Practice information

Beccles

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    8:00am - 7:30pm
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    8:00am - 6:00pm
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    8:00am - 6:00pm
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    8:00am - 7:30pm
  • Fri
    8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sat
    8:30am - 1:00pm
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    Closed

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01502 712169
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The Veterinary Clinic London Road Beccles Suffolk NR34 9YU
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01502 712169

Loddon

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    8:30am - 6:00pm
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    8:30am - 6:00pm
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    8:30am - 4:30pm
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    8:30am - 6:00pm
  • Fri
    8:30am - 6:00pm
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    Closed
  • Sun
    Closed

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Please call:

01508 520247
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The Veterinary Surgery 19 Beccles Road Loddon Norfolk NR14 6JQ
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01508 520247

Poringland

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    8:30am - 7:30pm
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    8:30am - 4:30pm
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    8:30am - 7:30pm
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    8:30am - 6:00pm, Closed 1:00pm-2:00pm
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    8:30am - 6:00pm, Closed 1:00pm-2:00pm
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    Closed
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    Closed

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01508 492834
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The Veterinary Surgery 113 The Street Poringland Norfolk NR14 7RP
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01508 492834

Kessingland

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    9:00am - 6:00pm
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    9:00am - 7:30pm
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    9:00am - 6:00pm
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    9:00am - 6:00pm
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    9:00am - 6:00pm
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    Closed
  • Sun
    Closed

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Please call:

01502 741988
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The Veterinary Surgery 81 High Street Kessingland Lowestoft NR33 7QQ
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01502 741988

Norwich

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    8:00am - 7:30pm
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    8:00am - 7:30pm
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    8:00am - 7:30pm
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    8:00am - 7:30pm
  • Fri
    8:00am - 7:30pm
  • Sat
    9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Sun
    9:00am - 4:00pm

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01603 765897
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The Veterinary Surgery 70 Hall Road Norwich Norfolk NR1 3HP Great parking directly outside practice with reserved spaces
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01603 765897

Mulbarton

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    8:30am - 5:30pm, Closed 1:00pm - 2:00pm
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    8:30am - 5:30pm, Closed 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Wed
    8:30am - 5:30pm, Closed 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Thu
    8:30am - 5:30pm, Closed 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Fri
    8:30am - 5:30pm, Closed 1:00pm - 2:00pm
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    Closed
  • Sun
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01508 570960
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The Veterinary Surgery Norwich Road Mulbarton Norwich NR14 8DE
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