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Vet tells health conference to know a veterinarian and call
By JANE W. GRAHAM
BLACKSBURG, Va. (Feb. 16, 2016) — Establishing a working relationship with a veterinarian and calling that person at the first sign of trouble are keys to keeping cattle health, Sierra Guynn, DVM stressed at the recent Virginia Tech Beef Cattle Health Conference.
“Have questions? Pick Up the phone!” was the topic Guynn discussed with the nearly 300 producers and care givers at the conference sponsored by the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and Virginia Cooperative Extension Jan. 30.
Guynn is in production management medicine at college’s teaching hospital. Much of her work involves large animal visits within a 40-mile radius of the college. Vets teaching in this area usually take students with them when making calls.
She stressed the importance of farmers establishing a relationship with a veterinarian before they have a sick animal instead of waiting until they have an emergency.
“I want my clients to call me,” she said.
“There are lots of things we can take care of on the phone.”
She referred not only to herself, but to veterinarians in general with the pronoun “we” throughout the talk, knowing her audience came from across the state and not just in her service area.
“We want to help you guys do your job,” she said.
Guynn emphasized the importance of having a vet who have been on the farm, processed the animals, treated sick animals and done preventative work.
“They are now a member of your team,” she said. during her power point presentation.
She noted this can mean they know more about what will work in an individual producer’s system which means they can be of better help.
Another advantage is the vet’s ability to legally discuss extra-label usage of antibiotics and provide Veterinary Feed Directives.
She explained in detail what a Veterinary Client Patient Relationship is in her talk. The following factors create the VCRP:
• The veterinarian takes responsibility for medical and treatment judgments for the animal(s) and the client agrees to follow the veterinarian’s instructions;
• The veterinarian has close knowledge of the animal(s) and their medical condition obtained by examination and premise visit; and
• The veterinarian is available to follow up visits or has emergency coverage in the event of adverse reactions or failure of the treatment regimen.
Questions can be directed to Guynn by calling 540-231-9041.