Veterinary Services

My veterinary practice is based in Broadford, Victoria (Australia), which is about 90 km (1 hour) north of Melbourne. I offer farm/stable and home visits locally, and phone consultations for other locations if appropriate for the situation. Horses, dogs, cats, and farm animals are all welcome.

I take a holistic approach to animal health which considers the farm or home as a single 'organism.' I believe that good health starts with good nutrition, which starts with healthy soil and thus healthy pastures, hay fields, and food crops.

Focus

Although my background covers all aspects of veterinary practice, these days my main focus is on these fundamentals:

food - diet and digestive health - basic nutrition; food as medicine (clinical nutrition); activities that support good digestion and gut health (all species)

feet - routine and remedial foot care - farriery guidance for optimal performance or problem feet; barefoot trimming (horses)

frame - balance and movement - exercise and fitness for optimal health, comfort, and performance; manual and movement therapies for rehab and injury prevention (all species)

farm - stable and pasture management (horses and other livestock); home environment (pets)

I'm especially interested in the relationship between soil, plant, and animal health. Healthy soil makes for healthy plants, which make for healthy animals (and humans); and a good basic diet reduces the need for expensive supplements and medications of any kind.

If you're interested in being more self-sustaining and self-reliant, it all starts with healthy soil, no matter the species.

Approach

I primarily use these tools:

* nutritional counselling, including feed analysis and supplement recommendations

* herbal medicine

* homeopathy

* hands-on (manual and movement) therapies

* hoof trimming (basic and corrective)

* saddle fitting

* customized rehab and fitness programs

* conventional medicine

Fees

My consultation fee is based on a rate of $125/hour. First-time consults often take at least an hour, whereas follow-up consults often take 30 minutes or less. All are billed accordingly.

The trip charge for visits is based on drive time, at a rate of $62.50/hour each way.

I accept cash, cheques, and credit/debit card payments via PayPal.

Appointments

My work hours are 8 am to 6 pm (Australian Eastern time), Monday to Friday. Please call or e-mail to schedule an appointment.

Please note

I no longer offer primary-care services (vaccinations, dental care, etc.), so you will need to continue working with your regular veterinarian for those needs.

For emergencies, please contact your regular veterinarian or your nearest veterinary emergency clinic or large animal hospital.