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Vet Services has been an absolute leader in veterinary services to the deer industry, ever since the establishment of commercial deer farming in New Zealand just thirty years ago.

With a number of vets with a keen interest in deer, we have maintained a close working contact with our local deer farmers through the recent highs and lows of deer farming.

Our vets were involved in investigating and solving issues such as lungworm and suitable anthelmintic drenches, appropriate tuberculosis testing systems, allergic reactions in stags to sedatives, and new deer diseases such as Yersiniosis, Leptospirosis and Malignant Catarrhal Fever.

Vet Services took a lead in the Richmond Wrightson Deer Performance Project in the late 1990s which involved a number of local farmers and identified many areas of potential improvement in deer performance. This project remains a significant benchmarking study for the whole industry, such was the scale and the intensity of the recording involved.

We also have extensive experience in artificial breeding programs for deer with both embryo transfer and artificial insemination. AI was originally laparoscopic, which was more labour intensive and has now moved to the trans-cervical method, which is easier on the hind and much faster.

Our vets not only attend regular deer vet and deer farming conferences, but over the years have also regularly addressed those conferences.

If you would like to scan your hinds this year please click here to complete your details on-line. This will help us get the timing of scanning right (usually 30-120 days pregnant).

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Related Articles

These articles are compiled by our vets and are intended to complement our Veterinary services by giving you access to research articles and animal health information. They are only guides - we strongly recommend you consult your vet for a full diagnosis.

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