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Game Bird Services

With our larger team, we can offer a wider range of services.

We aim to have a vet in the practice at all times, meaning that post mortems can be carried out both in the morning and afternoon. Please always ring ahead to ensure we have a vet free to carry out your work.

Game Bird Services include:
  • Post mortem examinations on all game including grouse with cultures in our own lab
  • Site visits and consultations
  • Strategic on-site cocci sampling
  • Veterinary health planning
  • Staff training
  • Coccidial oocyst and worm egg counts
  • Trichostrongylus worm counts on grouse
  • Prescriptions
  • Hatchery debris analysis and full hatchery monitoring service
  • Egg break out service
  • Hygiene swab and drinking water cultures
  • Medicine, vaccine and disinfectant sales

Please speak to us for a price if you are interested in this service.

Disease Diagnosis

Our on-site laboratory and post mortem room facilitate the detailed examination of birds and samples enabling us to provide results quickly, allowing prompt treatment and advice.

Post mortem examinations
  • Usually take between 15 and 30 minutes - If you wish to wait for results then please phone ahead to ensure a vet is free
  • Alternatively, birds can be left at any time during office hours
  • Samples can be left outside normal hours by prior arrangement with the office
  • Samples may also be submitted by post/ courier - please ensure that packages are correctly wrapped to prevent leakages and have the correct postage paid. All samples should be accompanied with contact details of the owner and a brief history of the birds.

Please select birds typical of the flock as a whole for PM submission. By selecting the most appropriate sample in any situation we are able to obtain the greatest amount of information - do contact the practice if you want any advice.

Grouse Services

Our location in northern England means we are well placed to serve the grouse industry. We have gained a great deal of experience in this sector over the years and regularly see birds and analyse samples (as below) and can then offer advice accordingly.

Our services include:

  • Trichostrongylus worm counts
  • Grouse PM’s
  • Cryptosporidium (bulgy eye) testing
  • Louping ill testing Cocci and worm counts
  • Caecal pat cocci and worm egg counts
Grouse post mortem examinations:
  • Carried out in our on-site lab
  • Enables monitoring of worm levels to allow targeted use of standard or high strength grit where appropriate, helping to prevent wormer resistance
  • Please submit the whole gut of each grouse with both caecae attached
  • Ensure that all samples are clearly marked with a site of origin, age of birds and a contact number and name

If sending samples by courier please ensure they are wrapped in leak-proof plastic bags within a box containing ice packs to keep them cool.

British Association for Shooting and Conservation
Trusted Game - Game Bird Health & Welfare Scheme