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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harry.jaw.smlA wolftooth can develop in around 70% of horses, and is the 1st premolar. In most cases one or two wolf teeth will erupt in your horse’s mouth when they are 5-12mths of age. This may or may not interfere with your horse’s oral capacity to chew and accept the bit. Wolf teeth are a vestige from the horse’s evolutionary past, where they were small forest-dwelling creatures whom ate rougher shrubbery than the grasses that eventually dominated their diets, and is the remains of the 1st cheek tooth or premolar.



If your horse has not yet had their young horse dental exam at 12mths of age and you break them to the bit you may find they have oral issues due to wolf teeth. These may present as:

Head tossing

Bit chewing


Pulling on the bit

Not getting ‘on the bit’ properly

Not responding to direction


wolftooth1Your horse may also have a blind wolf tooth, which has not erupted but is pressing on the bit and causing pain. That is why it is essential to get an experienced equine dental vet to examine the mouth and ensure such hidden pathologies are not missed.


Wolf teeth are usually found at your horse’s first dental exam, which is usually performed when they’re 12months of age. In order to detect them the dental vet will fully sedate your horse safely, and use a gag to gain access to the farthest reaches of the mouth. They will be able to see a wolf tooth with an appropriate torch, and manually palpate it. Sometimes x-rays are necessary to ensure placement, but wolf teeth are usually quite small and thus this is rarely necessary. Occasionally however wolfteeth can be quite large – almost like a small molar - and can also have long and/or crooked roots which can make them difficult to remove.



The standard industry recommendation is to remove them if they’re present because they don’t do any good and in many cases they can cause a problem. Also it may be more expensive to have them removed later down the track when they are causing a problem and are more firmly embedded in the gum layer, than if they are removed when the horse was already having its first dental.

For the horse’s welfare all dental extractions need to be performed with a nerve block, because there are very sensitive nerves located in the tooth. Can you imagine being held down and having your tooth smacked out with a chisel, without any anaesthetic or pain relief?! You probably wouldn’t do this to your horse either! This means you will need to get a dental vet to perform extractions, so that they can safely and legally administer the appropriate drugs for that individual horse (much like humans, individual horses react differently).



Wolf teeth extraction is a very common dental procedure and because the teeth are very small most horses recover very well. If the wolf teeth are removed early you are lessening the likelihood of your horse having dental problems. To continue to ensure your horse’s comfort and performance is not affected by dental pathologies, ensure they receive their annual check-up and float. To read more on the Hoof n Paws/VEVS Full Dental Exam click here.

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