Past Events

The first St Boniface Vets Sheep Flock Health Club Meeting is being held on 22nd September at 7pm.
This FREE introductory meeting will discuss benefits of our new flock group as well as -  ‘Iceberg diseases - what’s under the surface?’
The sheep flock health club is a pay monthly subscription, offering access to regular vet led discussion groups, data benchmarking and discounts on veterinary services.
This new group is led by vets with an interest in flock health, and aims to bring together like-minded and forward thinking sheep turn, providing independent advice and driving profitability.
For full information please click the link - Flock Health Club.
Please ring the surgery to book your place on 01363 772860.
A selection of light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

When: 22/09/2016 - 19:00 to 21:00
Species: Farm

Would you like to join us on the Open Day for Gold Cup winner Neil Baker? St Boniface are providing transport on the day leaving the Crediton Railway Station car park at 9am promptly for the 10.30am start.
We have reserved free tickets and transport for the first 12 farmers to request this so act fast!

Car parking at the St Boniface Vet Clinic itself will be very limited,
hence the Railway Station (free) car park meeting point!

Neil runs a very large herd with excellent standards of production, health and welfare. He has titled the day 'Realistic Financial Gains From Simple Management Changes'. Undoubtedly there will be something to take away from the experience for all our dairy clients. Here is a bit of info from the RABDF website:

Neil Baker's farm in Haselbury Plucknett is now a 4th generation family company.  They have been dairy farming since 1932 and have had a pedigree herd since 1936.

They expanded the herd in 2005, having an 80pt Rotary parlour installed.  This was further followed by a new high yield heifer barn in 2010 and calf facilities in 2013 with all barn extensions reaching completion in 2014.

The herd expanded to 1,830 in 2015 and now produces 57,000 litres of milk per day . Last year also saw work begin on the new Anaerobic Digester which is still very much ongoing.

Neil says his plans are to double the herd size again but without any increase in disease cases. This means he intends to halve the % incidence of problems (lameness, mastitis, LDA etc) on his farm....starting from an exceptionally low incidence as things stand this is real fighting talk from Neil!
Please do join us, the presentations on farm and opportunity to chat in the bus during the journeys will be time well spent.
Due to finish 3pm so should be back in Crediton no later than 4.30pm.

When: 25/05/2016 - 09:00 to 16:30
Species: Farm

St Boniface Equine Vets, in conjunction with MSD, cordially invite all our horse owners to an evening meeting on 24th May, 7pm.
Rowena Rogers, from MSD, will give a presentation on Infectious Respiratory Disease including Influenza, Strangles and Equine Herpes Virus.  She will give you some information about common respiratory infections, how to treat and prevent them.
Clare will then give a short presentation on the causes and management of non-infectious respiratory conditions.
We would be delighted to see you on the evening and will be providing light refreshments.
Please contact Elaine at the surgery or drop us an email on to book your place.

When: 24/05/2016 - 19:00 to 21:00
Species: Equine

Open Day at Wolfgar Farm

Monday 9th May 2016

Catch-up with the vets over a pasty and a pint at our advanced cattle breeding site, in Cheriton Bishop

This day is designed for those who are experienced in embryo work, as well as those who have been considering it and would like to get a rough idea of the technique and cost involved.

Embryo work not for you?  This method could be a way of ‘banking’ embryos
in case of a future TB breakdown.

Now we’ve captured your attention, why not bring a friend along too!

The day will begin at 12 noon with a tour of the facilities, you can come and discuss techniques we use to speed up the genetic process in your herd.

Please confirm your interest by giving us a call 01363 772860.  We are keen to get an idea of numbers to ensure we have plenty of food and drink to go around!

It promises to be a really insightful day, however, if you are unable to join us and are keen to discuss any of the above, please give the practice a call and ask for Danielle or Tony.

To read a recent question and answer article on advanced cattle breeding, please click the link - Western Morning News - Farming Q&A Feature 

When: 09/05/2016 - 12:00 to 16:00
Species: Farm

Trainees will be able to define and detect mastitis and having developed an understanding about the balance between cow defences and the most common mastitis pathogens, calculate the costs associated with this disease.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Appreciate the principle mastitis pathogens and their sources: where does environmental mastitis come from?
  • Understand cow defences & immunity: why do some cows get mastitis and some dont?
  • Differentiate dry period vs lactation:which is the priority for your herd?
  • Understand how to reduce mastitis challenge: building design
  • Understand how to maximise cow immunity: the importance of nutrition
  • Appreciate the economic costs of mastitis

The cost is £60 + VAT per person

All FarmSkills courses are taught in groups of 8-10, to allow everyone to get the most from the course.  The trainers are Lantra approved and all delegates will receive a FarmSkills certificate on completion of the course.

When: 14/04/2016 - 10:00 to 15:00
Species: Farm

We are holding a microchipping event at Tuckers, in Crediton.

Pop in and get your dog microchipped before the deadline on 6th April 2016.

Special price available - £10 per dog

Plus, Tuckers are providing 10% off ID Tags - engraved while you wait.

When: 29/03/2016 - 11:00 to 14:00
Species: Small Animal

During this on farm practical course.  We aim to provide practical expereince of many skills required on a day to day basis.

Some of the practical elements include:-


Pumping cows

Intravenous injections

Intramuscular injections

Subcutaneous injections

The cost is £60 + VAT per person

All FarmSkills courses are taught in groups of 8-10, to allow everyone to get the most from the course.  The trainers are Lantra approved and all delegates will receive a FarmSkills certificate on completion of the course.

When: 25/02/2016 - 11:00 to 16:00
Species: Farm

21st-28th September 2015 marks the first national Horse Health Week, part of the Keeping Britain’s Horses Healthy Campaign.

Horse Health Week, launched by MSD Animal Health to promote the wellbeing of the nation’s horses, is nearly upon us! During the week we will be raising awareness of the seven pillars of responsible horse ownership.
The seven pillars of responsible horse ownership aim to promote horse welfare through preventative management and raising awareness of:

1.Infectious disease
2.Parasite control
3.Nutrition and weight management
4.Teeth and dentistry
5.Hoof care and farriery
6.Well-being, including environmental management, breeding and end of life care
7.Taking on a new horse

A horse owner booklet, containing comprehensive information and advice on each subject will be available for download from the KBHH website next week.   
Keep an eye on our social media pages and the KBHH website for information on each subject and for your chance to win a KBHH branded saddle cloth (terms and conditions apply).

For any queries or concerns you may have about the health of your horse, please speak to a member of our equine team - 01363 772860.

When: 21/09/2015 - 08:30 to 28/09/2015 - 08:30
Species: Equine

Following on from the successful first aid taster session, St Boniface Vets are providing a Half Day Wokshop on 10th September at Wolfgar Farm.

Understanding what you can do when faced with an emergency situation can help to prevent or reduce suffering, help stabilise the patient, keep you and your horse safe and promote recovery.

At the end of this workshop, our aim is to make you feel confident in 4 key areas:-

  • Prioritise and know how to deal with emergencies
  • Undertake a clinical examiniation of your horse
  • Asses, examine and bandage a wound
  • Put together an equine first aid kit

The costs is £60.00 per person, with refreshments included.

To book your place, visit equineskills, or contact the team on 01765 608489.

When: 10/09/2015 - 10:00 to 14:00
Species: Equine

During September, October and November we are offering

FREE Dental Checks!

At St Boniface Vets, dental hygiene is one of our top priorities and as a pet owner, we know you want your pet to have clean teeth, fresh breath and free from pain.

Why not, give us a call to book into one of our FREE dental check sessions, or pop into the surgery to collect your dental scoring card and information sheet.

When: 09/09/2015 - 12:15 to 30/11/2015 - 18:30
Species: Small Animal