Large Animal Information

Large animal care in Dumfries, Thornhill and Kirkconnel

About Us

Nithsdale Vets Limited is a well-established and trusted practice providing progressive farm veterinary care throughout South West Scotland. The practice was first established in Thornhill in 1928 but despite many changes and expansion along the way has always maintained its strong commitment to livestock farming in the area.

We have 7 dedicated farm animal vets within the 14 vet, 3 centre practice, providing 24hour service 365 days a year across Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway. All out of hours calls are carried out by our own vets with two farm vets on call each night. Our young, experienced team provide a modern and professional approach to veterinary care whilst tailoring it to your specific needs. We undertake all aspects of farm work and regularly treat an array of farm animals providing a service to over 300 large animal clients.

Quality veterinary care

Adopting a proactive approach to farm animal health and welfare and working closely with forward thinking clients, the vets carry out ongoing flock and herd health planning.

Routine fertility visits are carried out, not only on dairy farms but also on the larger beef suckler units with the emphasis on preventative medicine in an attempt to reduce costs and increase profitability for the client. Bull and ram fertility examinations are routinely carried out which includes semen evaluation at the laboratory facilities at Thornhill. Metabolic profiling and nutritional advice is available for dairy, beef and sheep producers and a full investigatory service is offered for all production and infectious diseases. "We work closely with our clients to provide the best possible veterinary care and value for money" says partner Alistair Padkin who had a particular interest in cattle fertility and sheep medicine.

Alistair is one of three large animal partners in the practice along with brothers Peter and Iain Hastings. Ruth Hastings, Linda Nelson and Sarah Matthews and Daisy Hawkins make up the remainder of the large animal team. Peter is a qualified, 'category 1' cattle foot trimmer and as well as keeping busy foot paring on farm also runs foot trimming training courses for farmers and vets. Peter comments, "At Nithsdale Vets we aim to ensure that we keep up to date with changes and developments within the dairy beef and sheep industries as well as advancements in veterinary medicine in order to provide our clients with sound, scientific, evidence based advice relevant to their particular enterprise and individual farming practices."

There is an extensive farm animal pharmacy available at Thornhill offering a complete range of products at competitive prices and, while the new surgery at Locharbriggs is primarily a small animal branch, farmers can conveniently order and collect medicines from the dispensary here also. 

At Nithsdale Vets Limited we work closely with our clients to provide the best possible veterinary care and value for money.

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