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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Hendra Virus


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What is Hendra Virus?

 The Hendra Virus (HeV) was first discovered in 1994 in the Brisbane district of Hendra. It is a lethal disease which can spread from animals to people. It is present in flying foxes, and can spread to horses (and has also spread to a dog from a horse, and cats under laboratory conditions). The virus has been transmitted from horses to humans. The virus can be transmitted from horse to horse, but has not been shown to spread from human to human at this stage. Infection appears to occur through contact with bodily fluids of an infected being.

Symptomsof possible Hendra contraction

(as stated by the DPI):

 The following symptoms have all been associated with HeV cases, but not all of these symptoms will be found in any one infected horse:

  • rapid onset of illness
  • increased body temperature/fever
  • increased heart rate
  • discomfort/weight shifting between legs
  • depression
  • rapid deterioration.

Respiratory signs include:

  • respiratory distress
  • increased respiratory rates
  • nasal discharge at death-can be initially clear progressing to stable white froth and/or stable blood-stained froth.

Neurological signs include:

  • ‘wobbly gait,' progessing to ataxia (inability to coordinate voluntary muscle movements; unsteady movements and staggering gait)
  • apparent loss of vision in one or both eyes
  • aimless walking in a dazed state
  • head tilting and circling
  • muscle twitching
  • urinary incontinence
  • inability to rise.

A range of other observations have also been recorded in individual horses infected with HeV.

The following points, when combined with the above signs, could also support suspicion of HeV:

  • Where there are multiple cases, a high rate of deaths occurs within 48 hours.
  • Facial oedema (swelling due to fluid accumulation)
  • Facial paralysis/lock-jaw
  • Altered gait, high stepping
  • Some cases have initially been reported as colic, as similar symptoms were present (quiet gut sounds, straining to pass manure)
  • Hot hooves
  • There are flying foxes in the area, although a lack of sightings does not exclude HeV.

hendra-virusHow to act if you suspect Hendra:

  1. Immediately call your local vet (if it’s us, 0409 884 377), and act on their advice. They may advise you to phone the DPI and the QLD Primary Industries and Fisheries (QPIF) on 13 25 23 during business hours, or on 1800 675 888 after hours.
  2. Shower and change clothes if you or someone you have come into contact with has handled a sick horse.
  3. Stay away from the affected horse and all other horses. Do not move any horses! Ensure your dogs cannot come into contact with the horses. If you are concerned your dog has had access to an affected horse then limit your contact with your dog also. 

Humans and horses alike have died from contracting this virus, therefore it is of the utmost importance that we handle any suspected case with extreme caution and care.

To do this, you should:

  • Treat blood and other body fluids (especially lung and nasal discharges, saliva, and urine) and tissue as potentially infectious and take precautions to prevent any direct contact with, or splashback of, these body fluids.
  • Protect all exposed skin, mucous membranes and eyes from direct contact and cover cuts and abrasions with a water-resistant dressing. Any cuts or abrasions that become exposed or contaminated should be cleansed thoroughly with soap and water. If available, an antiseptic with anti-virus action such as povidone-iodine, iodine tincture, aqueous iodine solution or alcohol (ethanol) should be applied after washing.

(DPI Guidelines)

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Preventing Hendra

Sadly there is no foolproof way of preventing this virus, but there are a few things you can do to reduce your risk:

  • Have all of your horses vaccinated with the Hendra Vaccine, available from your veterinarian from the 5th of November 2012
  • Ideally feed and water bins should be under a shelter, if this is not possible then place them out in the open. NEVER place them under trees
  • Do not plant trees attractive to bats near your paddocks, especially fruiting ones.
  • Remove any horses from a paddock where bats roost
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after you touch your horses, and avoid touching your face etc. A hand sanitiser sitting out in the paddock near the gate perhaps is a great idea. You could even have it in a plastic box with personal protective equipment also inside for emergencies)
  • Keep horse gear and equipment clean and wash thoroughly if it comes into contact with bodily fluids




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