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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Recognising your horse has a problem


When a horse is cut or bleeding, the problem is obvious. But in cases of colic, illness or more subtle injury, it may not be as apparent. It is important to know your horse's normal vital signs as well as its normal behavioural patterns. By observing a change in these signs you may be able to recognise signs of ill health.

There will be variations in each individual horse. Take several baseline measurements when your horse is healthy, rested and relaxed. Write them down and keep them in a handy place, perhaps with your first aid kit so you have them to compare to in case of emergency.

Normal ranges for adult horses are:

  • Heart Rate: 20-35beats per minute
  • Respiratory Rate: 12-20 breaths per minute
  • Temperature: 37.0ºC – 38.5ºC – If their temperature exceeds 39ºC contact us immediately on 0409 884 377
  • Gum colour : normal horses' gums are a medium pink colour – individual horses may have some variation, so it helps to know your particular horse. Very dark pink or red, or very pale gums may indicate a serious problem and you should contact us immediately.

Other indicators of ill-health:

  • Lethargy, depression or reluctance/refusal to eat or drink (this is a very important sign and often the first thing an owner will notice when their horse is unwell).
  • Skin pliability – pinch a flap of skin on the neck and release. It should immediately snap back into place. If it doesn't then this indicates dehydration
  • Colour, consistency, and volume of faeces and urine should be typical of the individual's usual excretions. Straining or failure to excrete should be noted
  • Signs of distress, anxiety or discomfort
  • Presence or absence of gut sounds
  • Evidence of lameness such as head-bobbing, reluctance to move, odd stance, pain, unwillingness to rise
  • Bleeding, swelling, and evidence of pain
  • Seizures, paralysis, or tying up (a form of muscle cramps)
  • Excessive (more than normal) lying down and/or rolling

If your horse is experiencing any of these abnormalities please do not hesitate to phone

0409 884 377

for our veterinary assistance.

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