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Field Services Makes “House Calls”

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Field Service can visit your farm or ranch to provide preventative and advanced care for your horses and livestock.

Providing a long-standing service to our local communities, the VMTH regularly provides on-site care for large animals at their stable, ranch or farm. The Equine Field Service mostly sees individual horses, while the Livestock Herd Health & Reproduction Service generally sees larger herds. Faculty and resident veterinarians in both Services provide scheduled and emergency on-farm care through a 24-hour mobile veterinary practice within a defined local area that stretches from Vacaville to West Sacramento to Capay.
 
The Equine Field Service provides preventive health care services such as routine vaccinations and dentistry, and is also able to address health problems involving all body systems in the field including ocular, respiratory and dermatologic problems. Lameness examinations, pre-purchase examinations, medical and reproductive evaluations, and minor surgeries, are among the many services offered. In addition, diagnostic procedures such as digital radiography, high resolution ultrasound, and dynamic endoscopy, can be performed in the field. Field Service veterinarians can also access more advanced diagnostic and specialized services by direct referral and transfer of cases to colleagues at the VMTH.
 
The Livestock Herd Health & Reproduction Service provides veterinary care to dairies and ranches, primarily seeing cattle, goats and sheep. These regularly scheduled visits provide routine preventive health services and advanced care for a variety of conditions. Services to ranchers include evaluation of reproduction, milk quality, infectious disease prevention and control practices, birthing management, nutrition and other health-related issues.

“Farmers, ranchers and horse owners often care for up to hundreds of animals,” states Dr. Joie Watson, Equine Field Service faculty member. “It is far more efficient and convenient to bring the veterinary services to them rather than transport all those animals to the Large Animal Clinic. Our Field Services veterinary teams are devoted and well-equipped veterinary health care providers.”

Providing outstanding client services support back at the hospital is Janette Barrango, a 35-year veteran of the VMTH. Janette handles all scheduling for Field Service and can answer most general questions about visits to farms and ranches. She can be reached at (530) 752-0292.
 


VMTH Large Animal Field Services
(530) 752-0292