Flock Health – a sheep veterinary consultancy business – has established a new base in Gloucestershire and welcomed a new vet to the team.
Sheep vet Phillipa Page is the latest recruit to join the company, which was established by fellow vet Fiona Lovatt in 2012.
Dr Lovatt said: “Experience has shown us sheep farmers have not always been enthusiastic about working closely with their vets.
“Some saw cost as a barrier, but often they just did not think their vet was interested enough in their flock.
“Phillipa and I are passionate about working closely with vets and sheep farmers, showing how a close relationship is essential for flock viability. We firmly believe in the value of sound advice and investment in robust preventive medicine.”
Flock Health Club survey
Dr Lovatt – who works nationally with sheep farmers, vets, pharmaceutical companies, retailers and processors – successfully introduced the concept of Flock Health Clubs into the sector. More than 120 veterinary practitioners attended Flock Health Club CPD events last summer, with many going on to set up a Flock Health Club for their own clients.
Dr Lovatt said: “We know 32 practices around the country have Flock Health Clubs up and running, but we would really like to know about any others and ask how vets are getting on with the experience, so we have a simple online survey to ask them how it is going.
“The survey takes less than two minutes and any vet who partakes is eligible for a free pack of resources to run a Flock Health Club meeting on ‘Risk assessments and targeted control of coccidiosis’.”
Further veterinary CPD events, entitled “Invigorate your Flock Health Club”, are planned for this summer. The events will be interactive and include a highly topical technical session on what the responsible use of antibiotics looks like for sheep vets.
These events will be aimed at vets already running clubs, as well as those who may be thinking about setting one up or who want to improve engagement with sheep farmers.
They will run from midday to 5pm as follows:
- 29 June – Tiverton
- 10 July – Swindon
- 13 July – Penrith
- 16 August – Caersws