Preparing Livestock Clients for Show Season: Key Tips for Veterinarians

by Ali Oaks | May 28, 2024

Key Tips for Veterinarians

Preparing Livestock Clients for Show Season

As a veterinarian, you play a crucial role in ensuring your clients' livestock are in peak condition for show season. Proper preparation involves health management, documentation, and post-show care. Here are essential tips to help your clients get their animals ready for the spotlight!

Comprehensive Health Check-Ups and Vaccinations

Before the show season begins, it's vital to recommend your client schedule thorough health check-ups for their livestock. Key steps include:

  • Routine Physical Exams: Conduct detailed physical exams to identify any health issues that might affect performance.
  • Vaccinations and Deworming: Ensure all animals are up-to-date on vaccinations and deworming protocols. This prevents the spread of diseases and keeps livestock healthy.
  • Nutritional Assessments: Evaluate and adjust the animals' diets to ensure they are receiving the necessary nutrients for optimal health and appearance.

Compliance and Record-Keeping

Ensure that all necessary documentation is complete and up-to-date.

  • Medication Records: Remind clients to keep accurate records of all medications administered, including dosages and withdrawal times.
  • Identification Tags: Verify that all animals have proper identification tags or microchips as required.
  • Health Certificates: Provide up-to-date Certificates of Veterinary Inspection (CVIs) required by state officials and show organizers.

Certificates of Veterinary Inspection (CVIs)

One of the most critical documents for show season is a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVIs). Ensure your clients understand its importance and have it ready.

  • Documentation Accuracy: Ensure all information on the CVIs, including identification numbers, vaccination records, and test results, is accurate and complete. Platforms such as GlobalVetLink can help ensure all requirements are met for the inter and intrastate movement.
  • Timely Issuance: Provide CVIs within the timeframe required by the travel date or show, typically within 30 days of the event, to avoid any last-minute issues.
  • Keep Copies: Provide your clients with multiple copies of their CVIs to ensure they have them readily available when needed. To further safeguard against losing important documentation, offer clients the option to view their certificates digitally. Platforms like GlobalVetLink allow clients to access their health and movement documents anytime through MyVetLink.

Post-Show Care

After the show, proper care is essential. Recommending these tips to your clients can ensure their livestock recovers properly.

  • Health Monitoring: Walk your client through conducting post-show health checks to detect any signs of stress or illness early.
  • Rest and Recovery: Recommend a period of rest to help animals recover from the physical and mental demands of the show.
  • Diet Adjustments: Adjust feeding plans if necessary to account for any weight loss or stress-related dietary needs.

By offering these targeted tips and support, you can help your clients ensure their livestock are in top condition for the show season. Your expertise not only contributes to their success in the ring but also promotes the overall health and well-being of the animals.

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