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Getting in touch with a vet who understands poultry In the UK.
Thu 13-Dec-12
2:11 am
Bucks/Oxon Border

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I saw this article in the Guardian & thought it might be very useful as it contains links to a specialist service as well as good general advice through other links. As most vets are pretty hopeless about poultry I would certainly be glad to have this info filed away, ready in case I came up against a situation with my flock that I was worried about.


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Thu 13-Dec-12
8:15 am
Cornwall, UK


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Thanks for that, I'll pass it on for friends and family with poultry.

I had an conversation on parrot forum about the lack of avian vets in this country. I became good friends with a vet some years ago when I was doing wild bird rescue, and she confided that in all her years of training only two days were spent on birds. 

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Thu 13-Dec-12
9:34 am
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wave  Thanks for that Nadine.  smile    Have bookmarked it.

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Thu 13-Dec-12
12:45 pm

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We always had a problem with Thomasina tortoise in the past as not many vets had seen one- she was a venerable old tortoise, at least 55 years old when she finally gave up the ghost. It was OH's brothers pet, then the family pet, then it became ours when brother in laws wife refused to look after it after FIL died, so we got it. I think we had her a good 20 years, and each year after coming out of hibernation she went for an MOT to the vet, got a vitamin booster and general look over, but initial visits proved entertaining when they had to look up in the reference books, how to treat a tortoise and what dose of medicines to give her. Was OK when we had the same vet, but when we moved we had to break in a new one.


I think now that tortoises are being bred in captivity, there are a few more about. Thomasina was wild caught from somewhere in the Med. (and was originally called Thomas until she laid and egg one year!)1

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