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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First Aid for Dogs & Cats

Written by Dr Colleen Buckley BVSc.


Unfortunately pet owners can be unexpectedly confronted with a sick or injured animal. Here are some tips that might help in common situations. Above all else though our best tip is STAY CALM – panic helps no-one!

snake-56Snake Bite

Signs might include any or none of the following : vomiting, drooling, dilated pupils, weak or collapsed which sometimes temporarily disappears, bleeding, a swelling at the site of the bite.



Try to stay calm & keep the dog or cat calm. Don’t let the dog or cat race around. Even if they seem totally normal bring the dog or cat straight to the vet clinic. If a dog or cat has had a close encounter with a snake they may have been bitten even if there is no evidence of this to the untrained eye. Don’t assume it was not a poisonous snake. Remember also that snake bite can occur at anytime of the year although it seems most likely in spring and autumn.

If possible have someone phone ahead so that we can be prepared.

Bring the body of the snake but only if it is already definitely dead ( eg the head has been bitten off the snake by the animal – bring head & body of the snake). If you are unsure id it is dead do not touch it! Do not pursue the snake and do not kill the snake in order to bring it to the vet clinic.

paralysis_tickTick paralysis

Signs include all or any of the following : vomiting/regurgitating food or mucous, change in voice, wobbly when standing or walking, unable to stand, difficulty breathing, inability to blink in one eye.

Don’t give the animal anything to eat or drink. If you can’t find a tick it doesn’t rule out tick paralysis – it may have fallen off already or you may have missed locating it.

Bring the animal straight to the clinic.

Accident – eg hit by vehicle, kicked by horse, dog fight etc.

Ensure your own safety first.

Apply a muzzle to the mouth before moving the animal in case it bites due to pain. A shoe string or piece of thick string can be wrapped around both upper & lower jaw as a muzzle.

Apply pressure to any major bleeding e.g. hold the area with an absorbent dressing and apply pressure by hand or apply a firm bandage. A dog or cat attacked by a dog can often appear to not be very badly injured but often has major internal injuries or extensive

injuries beneath the surface. We recommend that these animals are always checked by a vet.

To move an animal that can’t walk you might make a temporary stretcher out of a strong piece of cardboard or timber or a strong towel. To restrain a panicking cat you might use a good strong cardboard box if you don’t have a cat a cage.

Injured wildlife, such as birds or possums, can be picked up more easily after wrapping them in a thick coat or towel. Placing them in a small dark box is a good idea.

Don’t give any human pain killers. Don’t give anything to eat or drink.

Dollarphotoclub 66164436smlCome to the straight to the clinic after you’ve called to make sure someone is here to meet you.


Don’t give the animal anything more to eat or drink.

Make an appointment to see the vet.

Ingested Poison (eg rat bait, human medications etc)

Phone ahead before bringing the animal to the vet.

Bring the packet if available so the vet knows exactly what has been eaten.

Toad Poisoning

If you have seen your dog mouthing a toad then the mouth needs to be flushed with water for 15 minutes to rinse the poison out, taking care to not flush any further poison down, nor flush water/poison into the lungs. For this reason it is advised that you get your vet to do this if it is possible. 

Bring the dog in to the vet to be checked after you have flushed the mouth.


Calm the animal if possible. Get the animal away from danger – e.g. away from the pool or water where it may drown, away from traffic.

Wait for up to 2- 5 minutes to see if the fit stops. It may be safer to transport the dog after the seizure rather than during the seizure especially if you don’t have someone to calm the dog while another person drives.

Do not put your hand inside the dog’s mouth – it could be very badly bitten.

Do not give the animal food or water when the seizure stops as another seizure may start again soon.

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