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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The Process of Euthanasia for Horses


Emily: What is the general procedure when you have to euthanase a horse?

Dave: Well, firstly we give a pre-med anaesthetic (sedative) to the horse, as you would have yourself if you were going for an operation. This first injection relaxes the horse and sometimes they lay down. We then give a lethal overdose of anaesthetic. The horse further relaxes, taking a couple of deep breathes. If he is still standing he may stagger a little before lying down. It usually takes around 10 to 15 minutes for the heart to stop. This period is of course pain-free as would be the case if the horse was under anaesthetic for an operation.

Emily: Why do you give two injections?

David: Well we give the initial pre-med anaesthetic to relax the animal and make the secondary overdose of anaesthetic have a smoother and painless onset.

Emily: Do you stay until the horse has definitely passed away?

David: Of course. I stay until the horse's heart has completely stopped and has remained like that for a few minutes.

Emily: When should an owner be considering euthanasia as an option?

David: Well, there are many circumstances which may lead to euthanasia being one option. An emergency euthanasia is when a horse needs to be euthanased immediately for humane reasons. An elective euthanasia is when the owner decides to euthanase the horse for other reasons, such as financial ones, change of circumstances, the horse has a decreased quality of life due to age or injury, or a number of other reasons. The choice to an elective euthanasia is solely the owner's, though in some instances they may choose to make the decision in consultation with their vet. Owners should feel that they can ring and make this appointment without feeling judged for the circumstances which have led to this difficult decision. The owner's circumstances are often varied so consequently I always respect the owner's final decision.

Emily: And it doesn't get any easier, does it?

David: No, it doesn't get any easier even after 30 years. I try and console myself with the thought that every horse must leave this world at some time, just as every person has to. At least we can make a choice for them when death is a kinder option.


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