Village Vets Australia

Meet the Pets - Episode 2

Find out more about all the beautiful pets and animals featured in Episode 2 of Village Vets Australia. 

Sarcoid Horse

Clancy is an 8 year old quarter horse, which according to her owner Kate means she is fast and fat!  Kate and her family made a huge tree-change 2 years ago when they moved from Sydney to berry, and Clancy was their first acquisition.

She says Clancy is temperamental and complicated, but she loved her all the same. Kate and Clancy can be seen most weekends riding on Seven Mile beach, just out of Berry.

Clancy’s sarcoid is like a wart – and they can become very uncomfortable and spread if not attended to. But, as Anthony and James discovered, removing a sarcoid isn’t always straightforward.

Col Bowley

Col is a dairy farming legend. He loves his cows, and he loves his life, and you can learn more in an afternoon talking to Col than you can in a lifetime of reading books about dairy farming!

Col’s passionate about farming and feeding Australia, and now he’s semi-retired can spend all day telling anyone who’ll listen about the importance of looking after farmers. Col’s sons now run the property, but Col still boasts he knows just about every cow by sight – some 200 or more.

Today 2 of Col’s cow have displaced stomach issues, so a decision is made to operate. Remarkably, the cows aren’t completely knocked out during the surgery, but kept awake while the vets open them up, and literally move their stomachs and stitch them into place.  Both cows are now happy producing more milk for Australia!

Sick Wombat

Lyn is one of the treasures of the Australian bush – a “ten pound pom” who’s now an integral part of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation on the South Coast.

Lyn visited Australia after winning a competition celebrating the anniversary of the ‘ten pound pom’ immigration plan to Australia. She liked it so much she promptly packed up her belongings after the holiday and moved to Australia, settling in Kangaroo Valley and devoting her life to rescuing and caring for injured and orphaned wildlife.

Sadly wildlife and cars rarely mix, and the country roads of Kangaroo Valley and the Shoalhaven are littered with road kill. There is a dedicated and well-connected band of wildlife carers in the region who do an excellent job:
Wildlife Rescue South Coast:

Today Lyn has brought in a young ‘at heel’ wombat with a cold. Its mother was run over, and without Lyn’s expert care would have died.  A quick dose of antibiotics sees off the cold.

Molly and the Fish Hook 

Molly’s owner Hugh reckons he’s the luckiest dog owner around. The Border Collie pup was due to go to a family, but a last minute overseas transfer meant they had to give her up - so the breeder rang Hugh and made an offer he couldn’t refuse.

4 and half years later Hugh still reckons he’s the luckiest dog owner around – except for the day Molly swallowed the fish hook. In some respects Molly was lucky – had the hook caught in her trachea on the way down it would have meant major invasive surgery. As it was, landing in her stomach still meant a major operation for James and Anthony, but it’s a more straightforward process.

The hook was found, complete with remnants of bait still attached, and Molly stitched up.

Since the incident Hugh has banned Molly from running on the beach – but she gets plenty of long off-leash walks in the bushland and creeks around Berry.

Rabbit Vaccination

Jennifer’s love affair with rabbits began in 2006 when she found Max on the side of the road – Jennifer was heading to hospital to have a cancer removed, and she held up the whole procedure while she caught Max.  Since that fateful day with Max then she has bred nearly 130 rabbits and sold or given them away.

Max sadly passed away, but his offspring now form the basis of Jennifer’s rabbit collection. In case you’re wondering, rabbits have a variety of collective nouns: bury of rabbits, colony of rabbits, down of rabbits, drove of rabbits, husk of rabbits, leash of rabbits, trace of rabbits, trip of rabbits, warren of rabbits, nest of rabbits (young), wrack of rabbits (young).

In Jennifer’s case you can probably add “a garage of rabbits”.  Jennifer’s 13 rabbits are named Mon, Baby Spice, Flopsy, Rusty, Dolly, Polly, Francis, Bonaparte, Gisabelle, Pandora, Apollo, Precious, and one more rabbit she’s forgotten!

Rabbits are a noxious pest in Australia. Periodically councils and environment agencies release killer viruses to eliminate wild rabbits. For domestic rabbits it’s wise to vaccinate them against any viruses – consult with your vet.

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