Part of a statewide team
Local Land Services vets and biosecurity officers work with producers, government and industry to keep NSW properties free of disease and safeguard market access. They play a key role in the implementation and regulation of many statewide programs including footrot and chemical residue management. They can mobilise quickly, along with rangers, when a response is required, for example, during the 2007 equine influenza outbreak.
If you see symptoms or deaths in animals that may be due to a notifiable disease, or an emergency animal disease, contact your local district veterinarian.
What your district vet can do
District vets are available to investigate herd and flock problems such as ill-thrift, mortalities or poor reproductive rates.
Diagnose herd and flock health problems
They are not involved in diagnosis and treatment for individual animals, unless a landholder suspects a notifiable disease. You should contact your local private veterinary practitioner for individual animal health problems, unless you suspect a notifiable disease.
More information on notifiable diseases in NSW (NSW DPI)
Provide advice on livestock health
District vets provide one on one advice on management practices such as drench use, vaccination programs, parasite treatments and nutrition issues. They do not provide treatment or pregnancy testing.
They also provide time-specific advice to the general public about issues, often via regular reports that are published in local newspapers or issued with a newsletter. For information available for your area or information on a particular animal health issue call Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.
Keep producers informed
District vets work with ratepayers and groups via field days to keep producers updated on the latest advances in management, parasite control, feeding and nutrition issues and changes to livestock programs.