Veresdale Equine Veterinary Services


  • You guys are awesome, thank you so much for looking after Taruni. - Sue from Greenbank

  • Amazing staff & services!- Susan from Beaudesert

  • Thank you so much for coming out to stitch my poor horse up this morning! It is the second time that I have had to call and get someone out and the service has been wonderful...and my horse is looking and feeling a lot better. - Jennie from Cedar Grove

  • Dr David Barthomomuez is brilliant. Yes I am totally biased but it is based on my experience over the last 6 wks with my mare Rivver. Treatment is still on going and I get the pleasure of picking David's brain for lots of horsey info when he does his weekly visit! I am very impressed with the way David handles and treats my mare, he genuinely cares. The girls in the office have also been wonderful to deal with. Keep up the great work team Vevs! - Cindi from Tamborine Village

  • "Thank you for your after-care service, I am very very impressed to say the least. The phone call from you today following up on my horses progress has won my business."

    - Sue from Gardenvale Stud

  • "Thanks to Dr David for helping my old man feel better... I would recommend this veterinary clinic to anyone, and I wouldn't use any other vet."

    -Nelly from Munruben

  • "I cannot fault their willingness to assist you as soon as possible, their capacity to prioritise so the most urgent animals are attended to quickly, their gentle way with horses, their knowledge and their reasonable prices..." - Sharon from Cedar Grove

  • "Thanks so much to Dr Dave and the team for all your hard work with getting Karrie in foal!!! We are very grateful and couldn't have done it without you guys!" - Lynette from Logan Village
  • "Your patience and gentle nature were greatly appreciated by both of us. Thank you." - Karen from Jimboomba

  • "Our family would like to give a big thank you and hug to Dr David, Kelly & all the team at Veresdale Equine Veterinary Services for saving our dog sid from a brown snake bite. Without their caring services I dont think sid would of made it, thanks guys. " - Hurchalla Family

  • "David and his team treat their client’s animals as if they were their own and have helped me and my horses in some very stressful situations over the years, thankfully, always with a excellent outcome!" - Toni from Jimboomba
  • "Thank you so much for the extra good care you took of Lilly ... I’ve always been extremely happy with Dave as our vet, I think he truly does a wonderful job, and you can really see how much he cares.” - Tania Banek

  • "The fact that Dave has been my vet for many years speaks volumes.  Dave has a very nice manner and deals with the horses in a calm and kind way.  He always takes time to explain options and procedures and to advise on what he considers to be the best course of treatment." - Gillian Coote
  • "Although we may have moved, we would not consider using any other veterinarian other than David to care for our horses." – Brett and Danielle from Wonglepong

  • "David has been my vet now for several years. Over that time with the highs and lows of my veterinary needs, David has always been compassionate, caring and friendly." - Marnie Wilmott

  • "We really appreciate David's practical, no-nonsense approach to everything, his vast knowledge and his abilities."

    – Marty & Danielle at North Maclean

  • "We feel that the care David shows our horses is the same as if they were his own."

    Weownna Warmbloods

  • "We have been using Dr "Bart" since we bought our first two ponies for our girls 6 years ago. He has always given us great advice and service over the years." – B & G Russell

  • "At VEVS, I always get the right advice, which means I’ve always gotten the right result"

    – Peter @ Acton Classical Equitation

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Leaving Horses Behind During the Holidays


Dollarphotoclub 68045489smlWe all need a good holiday every now and then; this can sometimes mean our beloved equine friends cannot come along (an image popped into my head of a horse sipping a margarita on a sun lounge in Bali!). Some careful planning must therefore be undertaken to ensure their comfort and your peace of mind whilst away. 


The first thing to consider is who is going to care for them for you? Ideally this would be someone of an horsey inclination, who is familiar with you own steeds. It certainly makes sense that this person should be able to maintain your horses' feed, water and rugging schedule whilst away:


  • Changes to feed, either in amount, timing or type, can upset a horse's gut and cause colic. This is the last thing you'll want when away!
  • The importance of a plentiful supply of cool, fresh water must be impressed upon the carer. If troughs require manual filling, perhaps ask the carer to fill to the top every time they see the horses, rather than however often you do it yourself. This means if something comes up and they are unable to attend to your horses when they normally would, they at least do not have to worry about running out of water. This is a good practice to implement for yourself, as life is unpredictable.
  • If your horses are normally rugged, ensure that the routine is kept up. Make sure they understand how dangerous a hot winter rug can be if left on in the Summer months. 

If your horse is on any medications, ensure your carer is able to give them safely, and it would be a good idea to let your prescribing vet know their details so they are allowed to re-prescribe more medication to this person if necessary.

In fact, it is an excellent idea to ring your preferred vet and let them know who is going to be caring for your horses. It may also be pertinent to inform them of what level of permission you give the carer to act on your behalf. Are you financially burdened and thus would not be able to spend over a certain amount if something were to happen whilst you were away? It is a good idea to let both the vet and carer know about these sorts of things, as we can only administer treatments with the owner's authorisation.

Leave your carer a page of your preferred vet's details, perhaps with details of a second and third vet in case they are unable to get your preferred one. If your horse will be due for a farrier appointment whilst you're away, it may be helpful to arrange this beforehand and exchange details of both farrier and carer so that they can contact one another easily. It is never a good idea to leave a horse's feet without farrier treatment for too long, as cracks, abscesses and other painful and costly ailments can result. 

Perhaps arrange a back-up carer for the event that something happens to your first. Ensure this person is also familiar with the your horses, their routines, and your preferred contacts. 

It is important to have your horses identifiable, especially if you will be away. Microchipping them is always a safe bet, ensuring their numbers are registered with as many directories as possible. Maybe have a mare collar or similar on them with their property details clearly displayed, so they can be returned safely if they escape. 

Dollarphotoclub 67624075smlIt goes without saying that minimising the general risk in your paddock will reduce the risk of something untoward happening in your absence. Keeping fences safe and paddocks free from debris is always an excellent idea, as prevention is always better than cure (and believe us, we have seen horses suddenly deciding to injure themselves in their owner's absence).

We don't want you to stress about all the things that can can go wrong, but being prepared will certainly ease your mind and allow for you to actually relax on your well-earned break. Remember to take it easy when restarting your horses' exercise regimes, even if their routine has only been disrupted for a week. And enjoy that holiday! We hope nothing goes amiss, but we will be here for you if it does!



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