Friday, 6 July 2018 - 5:48pm

Tony Kemmish, St Boniface Veterinary Clinic

As reported in the last issue of Livestock Matters, St Boniface vet Tony Kemmish has won the award for Dairy Vet of the year in the 2018 CREAM Awards. Here, he outlines his GROW philosophy for working with dairy clients, and how for Devon farmer Richard Daw this has underpinned the continuous improvement in his herd’s health, performance and profitability.


Dairy farming clients of St Boniface Veterinary...

Wednesday, 4 July 2018 - 6:48pm

St Boniface Equine Haemo Tonic is a liquid supplement that provides a range of B vitamins, iron and cobalt.

St Boniface Equine Haemo tonic may be useful for:-

  • For horses recovering from illness or post-surgery
  • As a pick me up in horses that are dull or lethargic with low energy levels, for example after a viral infection
  • Horses with a poor appetite or restricted diet
  • Horses with anaemia
  • Horses with an exceptionally high worm egg count...
Friday, 29 June 2018 - 1:46pm

Nobody likes to think of their beloved pet harbouring worms, but it is an unfortunate possibility when owning pets. Most cats and dogs that venture outside and explore their environment will come into contact with parasitic worms.  You may notice your pets ‘scooting’ their bottom on the floor, having diarrhoea or vomiting, but very often they do not show any outward signs of being infected.

The common worms that dogs and cats suffer from are intestinal worms such as roundworms,...

Wednesday, 6 June 2018 - 1:44pm

At St. Boniface Vets, many of our dairy herds are Autumn block calving and will shortly be considering their selective dry cow management. Therefore, we thought we’d share a few reminders as to why a selective approach is the best approach:

  • There is no sense in giving antibiotic dry cow therapy to an uninfected cow
  • In fact, if you do give antibiotics to low somatic cell count cows, their risk of coliform mastitis in the next lactation actually increases
  • Of 52...
Monday, 4 June 2018 - 12:43pm


ANTIBIOTIC use within farming continues to be a topic with a lot of public and industry interest.

This has mainly been focussed on the use of antibiotics that have been classed as critically important due to their vital role in human medicine.

Meaning these are the only remaining treatments for critical human problems like severe infections in children.

Their use should be therefore limited to reduce the risk of antibiotic resistance developing to these...

Friday, 1 June 2018 - 9:26pm

St Boniface Vets has grown considerably over the last few years. We are proud to be able to say that this is largely through personal recommendation and word of mouth. This is very gratifying for us as it means that you, our clients, think we do a great job caring for your pets!

We are all passionate about keeping your dogs, cats and rabbits healthy but we like to think that our approach is a very personal one. We offer longer appointments so that you have time to tell us about your...

Friday, 1 June 2018 - 2:30pm

ANA stands for Animal Nursing assistant.

Did you know an ANA does more than assisting the vets and nurses?  Here at St Boniface vets we have 1 animal nursing assistant, Grace. 

You may have seen her on our Facebook page before or at the practice. Grace helps keep the practice clean throughout the working day, keeps clinical areas fully stocked, assists the inpatient nurse which includes cuddles and handfeeding, laboratory work, hydrotherapy assistant, helping run the Facebook...

Friday, 1 June 2018 - 2:27pm

A Student Veterinary Nurse, often known as an SVN, is someone in training to become a qualified veterinary nurse.

They usually wear a green and white stripey uniform with green trousers, but this can vary between veterinary practices with some students wearing blue, blue striped and even purple!

Most Student Veterinary Nurses have carried out an Animal Care or Animal Nursing Assistant course before starting their Veterinary Nurse training, though this isn’t always the case, but...

Friday, 1 June 2018 - 2:24pm

Did you know…

The Veterinary Nurse role is widely variable and covers everything from seeing your pet in a Nurse Consultation through to monitoring their anaesthetic during a surgical procedure. 

Nurses are responsible for:

  • Blood sampling patients
  • Placing intravenous cannulas
  • Providing and monitoring intravenous fluid therapy
  • Administering medications
  • Monitoring anaesthesia
  • Recovering from anaesthesia
  • Ensuring...
Friday, 1 June 2018 - 2:21pm

After qualifying, there are many career pathways for veterinary nurses!

Working overseas - the UK Veterinary Nurse qualification is highly respected outside of the UK and can lead to many working or volunteer roles within practices or charities, and even with wild animals such as Chimpanzees and Bears!  

Clinical Coach - Student Veterinary Nurses train alongside a qualified member of staff, usually an RVN, to teach, support and mentor the SVN....