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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Written by Dr Kylie Schaaf (hons) BSc (Vet) (hons) FANCVS (Eq Surgery) Board Certified Surgeon.


ringwormRingworm (dermatophytosis) is due to a fungal skin infection (dermatophyte) rather than worms. The fungal species responsible are Microsporum and Trichophyton spp. This disease is highly contagious between horses with young horses, geriatric horses, debilitated and immunocompromised horses being the most severely affected. Usually the whole stable is infected.

 It is generally introduced by a new horse entering the stable and spread mainly through grooming equipment, tack and rugs. Therefore, racehorses and other horses that share equipment are most commonly affected. Fungi can live on the skin for up to three weeks before horses develop clinical signs of disease. Multiple horses are rapidly affected as gear is shared between apparently clean horses. The disease is worse in hot, humid weather. The fungi can survive for prolonged periods in the environment, mainly on girths, saddlecloths, rugs and headcollars. Horses can also spread the disease to humans. Infection eventually produces immunity.


Lesions typically start as small raised spots and rapidly progresses to extensive circular areas of hairloss and “dandruff”. Horses are usually most affected around the girth, saddle area and face. Horses are not usually itchy or painful as a result of these lesions. However, horses are susceptible to secondary bacterial infections which may become painful. If there is any doubt your vet can perform skin scrapings and cultures to confirm the diagnosis. However, fungi do take a long time to grow in the laboratory and the disease is usually successfully treated by the time that results are received.

ringworm2Treatment should be initiated immediately as soon as any horse in the stable shows signs of infection. Any delay can result in rapid spread and extensive lesions. Once the condition takes hold it is very aggressive. The first step is to disinfect all tack. Girths, covers, saddlecloths, headcollars, bridles, grooming equipment and rugs should be all washed in a suitable disinfectant such as iodine or bleach. PVC gear is much easier to disinfect thoroughly. Although often not practical, if it is possible to have separate gear for each horse this is ideal. In the least, separate gear for affected and non-affected horses is recommended. Remember that horses without apparent lesions can still be incubating fungi and are still potentially infectious. Staff should wear disposable gloves when dealing with infected horses, and ideally these horses should be handled and exercised last.

Horses should be washed daily for at least a week with an iodine or chlorhexidine shampoo. Products also containing miconazole, eg malaseb are recommended. It is important to thoroughly massage the shampoo into the skin and remove the dandruff and scurf. The shampoo should be left on for 10-15 minutes, then rinsed off and the horse dried with a clean towel. The frequency of shampooing can then be decreased to 1-3 times per week until the lesions have all healed. Dilute iodine or miconazole cream can be spotted on the worst of the lesions. However, be careful of stronger iodine products as these will irritate and blister the skin, increase susceptibility to secondary infection of the damaged skin and cause the hair to grow back white. If a satisfactory result is not obtained consult your veterinarian as no single treatment is effective on every horse.

Human infections generally appear as raised, itchy, sometimes painful circular lesions. These lesions are contagious to other humans and horses. Medical treatment should be sought from your doctor.


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