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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Eye Problems


eye_diagramWe cannot stress enough that problems with the eye are one of those ailments which must be checked by a vet immediately.

If your horse’s eye/s show the following symptoms, we strongly urge you to call a vet as soon as possible:


  • weeping, tears that are clear
  • discharge of any other colour, or consistency
  • swelling of or around the eye
  • sensitivity to light or touch
  • blinking strangley, or keeping the eye closed
  • white or other coloured spots/patches on the eye/cloudiness
  • Lines or marks across the eye
  • bleeding from the eye
  • redness in or around the eye
  • constricted/odd-looking pupils

Eyes are a very delicate organ. Self medicating with what might seem like an innocuous cream can do more harm than good, and can result in the eye becoming infected or even rupturing. When the eye ruptures in many cases it has to be surgically removed.

To diagnose an eye complaint your vet would examine the eye with a light. They usually would then stain it with fluroscein to determine the severity and depth of the ulcer. If the vet fears that the ulcer is infected they make take a swab to culture.

Depending on the diagnosis and severity, your vet may treat with a number of prescription eye ointments, antibiotics, antinflamatories, and even in some severe cases, eye surgery.  To try and avoid such a costly and stressful outcome, we always advise to get a vet at the first sign of a problem with the eye.


There are many different eye problems; we’ll cover a few of the most common below:

Corneal Ulcers

These are by far one of the most common ailments of the eye we see in our practice. Ulceration occurs when the corneal layers are damaged (the cornea is the front, clear part of the eyeball). Many severe eye conditions arise secondary to this first condition, hence it is vital to seek veterinary treatment at the first sign of a problem.


Inflammation and/or infection of the conjunctiva (soft tissues that surround the eye). Can occur from dust, allergy, or infection. This can progress or cause self-trauma, leading to other problems.


This means an inflammation of the uveal tract or front portion of the eye. This condition can be recurrent, and forgoing treatment can lead to blindness.

Stromal Abscess

This is a bacterial or fungal infection in the stroma or body of the cornea. This is usually but not always as a result of an untreated ulcer, but can occur due to foreign bodies like thorns or splinters, and can also occur spontaneously via the blood stream.

Bulus Keratopaghy

This involves severe swelling, sometimes due to fluid accumulation. It looks like a burst blister on the eye. If untreated this can lead to rupture of the eye, indeed this unfortunately occurs sometimes despite treatment. Veterinary assessment is VITAL.


This occurs when there is inflammatory debris (pus) in the anterior chamber. It is often the result of an infected ulcer.


Several types of cancer occur in and around the eye. Squamous Cell Carcinoma is quite common in eyelids, and occurs often in appaloosas, paints, as well as any horses with unpigmented skin around the eye; unpigmented 3rd eyelids; or eyeballs (around the edge of the coloured part). They can also occur on the eyeball itself. If treated early these can have a reasonable prognosis.


Usually transmitted via flies, a habronema is a worm internally deposited, sometimes in the eye. The habronema in the eye may present as conjunctivitis, and requires an expert vet to diagnose. Habronema is usually prevented, as well as treated, via using a ivermectin wormer.


This is when there is increased pressure in the eye, but it doesn’t occur very often in horses thankfully.


There are many more ophthalmic conditions than those we’ve listed here. Many of the above conditions can lead to blindness if left untreated. Due to the vast array and degree of problems that can be found in eyes, it is always best to get an experienced equine vet as quickly as possible.

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