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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How often do you worm your horse


How often do you worm your horse?

In the past recommendations for worming horses has been along the lines of every 6-12 weeks with a regular rotation of the wormer used. However recent studies, both in Australia and overseas, are indicating that roundworms are becoming resistant to the drugs that we have available. Worming too often may have contributed to this resistance. In order to preserve the life of the drugs that we are using we need to make different recommendations to the past.

Only using wormers when they are needed and changing the wormer type (if it is not effective) will help. However, we are now able to provide a more accurate answer for you! Faecal egg counts are used to determine whether a horse requires worming. A faecal egg count (FEC) tells if a horse has low or high levels of eggs. If the horse has high levels of eggs when it is due for worming then a worm treatment will probably be indicated. If the FEC is low then there may not be a need for worming. We are able to pick up resistance problems by doing faecal egg counts 2– 4 times a year (recommend 4 times annually).




Another point to consider is that some horses naturally have less resistance to worms and therefore shed more worms which then infect others. About 20% (or 1 in 5) horses fall into this category. These horses, once identified, might need a different worming protocol to their paddock mates.


So what’s all this talk about different wormers?

Equiworm (Ivermectin and Praziquantel) should be used as a first line dewormer when eggs are picked up on a faecal egg count. Other products should only be used if resistance is picked up on a faecal egg count.



So what can you do at home to reduce the spread of worms?


1. Pick up droppings from paddocks (recommended every 2 days)

2. Rotational grazing—Rotate horses to different paddocks for grazing.

3. Most importantly, DO NOT rely on wormers!




1. How much manure do I need to bring in?

The testing only uses 2 grams of manure so a small zip lock back with one ball/piece of manure is generally enough.


2. What do I need to do with it before I bring it in?

If the manure is not been brought in straight away it is best to keep the manure in a fridge before bringing it to us. Note: we only run faecal egg counts Monday- Thursday. Please avoid samples been brought in on a Friday or Saturday.


3. How much does it cost to get a worm egg count done?

For your first horse it will cost $16.50 but for any other consecutive it is $10.00 each thereafter.


4. How is it run?

The manure is prepared and looked at through a microscope. The amount of eggs within the sample are then counted and a calculation is done to determine the worm burden your horse may have.


5. Can it be any manure?

The best manure for the sample is the freshest you can find


6. How often should I get a worm egg count done?

If your horses have not been wormed it is best to bring a sample in and get a faecal egg count done and depending on the results we can advise when and how often you should have a worm egg count down for your horse


7. If one horse has worms should I be worming my other horses?

Some horses have better natural resistance to worms. It is advised you bring manure in for each horse and we determine if they need to be wormed based on their individual worm burdens


Call us on 07 5543 1213 to discuss this further or to work out a worming protocol for your horse(s).  

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