Academy Vet Centre
Academy Vet Centre

Large Animal Services











Breeding Advice and Genomics


Dairy farmers: Have you ever considered using your vet for breeding advice?  How do you know that the bull selections and heifers you keep in the herd are meeting with your breeding objectives?  Most importantly do these objectives match the health and production requirements for YOUR farm. 


Many dairy farmers are used to using genomic tested bulls.  However, the same test can be performed on your own heifers.  This allows us to reliably detect what genes they have inherited, check their parentage and predict their future performance.  Using this information heifers can be ranked with the best kept for future breeding or even embryo production.


Your Vet is in an ideal position to provide this breeding advice, impartially, to provide you with a powerful tool to improve the genetic performance of you herd into the future.


As a new service to Academy Vets, Ian McDonald is a now a trained Clarifide provider.


 Please see for more details.

As of 31st October all dairy farms are required to have a Johnes risk assessment and written Johne’s Plan as part of the National Johnes Management Plan. This needs to be updated on an annual basis.  Our team of BCVA Accredited Johne's advisers will be able to assist you to fulfill these requirements.  

Rumen Health Visits


A new service available to progressive dairy farm clients.  For more information view our interactive brochure or conatct the surgery and ask to speak to Ian McDonald 


A full range of traditional clinical and emergency services for farm animals.

Our team of 10 vets provide an excellent 24 hours emergency service.  We have two vets on call 24 hours a day to ensure a rapid response to emergencies.

Routine fertility visits with ultrasound scanning

We have several mobile ultrasound scanners for accurate pregnancy diagnosis and fertility work.  We can not only diagnose pregnancy, but also offer a wide range of modern fertility treatments and synchrnoisation programmes to get your cows back in calf quickly.  We offer thorough investigation of any herd fertility problems.

Comprehensive herd health planning


Herd health planning to conform to Red Tractor standards and consultancy to improve your on-farm disease control and productivity.


We use My Healthy Herd an online tool that allows cattle farmers and vets to work together in the implementation of successful herd health management programs promoting better health and improved profitability




Young Stock Club

Young Stock Club is a progressive service to improve calf and heifer health and performance.  After the cost of feeding, young stock rearing represents the second largest variable expense to the dairy farmer after feed costs. 


Targeting an average age at first calving of 24 months is key to ensure healthy, productive and long living dairy heifers.  The secret to achieving this is to address all areas involved in calf rearing, from birth to calving, from growth and disease to housing and nutrition.  For those of you already doing a routine fertility visit this represents an ideal add on to the end of your visit.  Time charged will stop when the cows are dealt with and the calves will be routinely inspected.  Remember the catchphrase ‘Stop the Clock – Look at the Young Stock’!


What’s included? For £55 + VAT a month (average herd):


  • Regular colostrum intake monitoring
  • Growth rate advice and analysis
  • Housing assessment and advice
  • Screening for causes of scour and pneumonia  (serology for pneumonia pathogens and up to 10 calf scour samples)
  • On farm gross post mortem of all calf mortalities
  • Young stock nutrition review from birth to calving
  • Heifer fertility planning
  • Veterinary spending and rearing cost analysis
  • Young stock plan – a portfolio of farm specific analysis, advice and monitoring data on current and future young stock management. Reviewed annually

If you are interested in joining Young Stock Club please speak to Ian McDonald.



Flock Health Club


The Flock Health Club meets quarterly to discuss relevant topics and share performance data.  The aim is to develop a more pro-active approach to sheep health and therefore improve flock productivity.  Club members also receive a free veterinary visit per year as well as discounts on disease investigations such as blood sampling and postmortems.  Monthly subscription cost £15. If you are interested in joining please call the surgery and speak to Carol.

What’s included?

  • One FREE visit to do a FREE HEALTH PLAN
  • UNLIMITED postmortems at the surgery.  Samples sent to external labs will we chargeable.
  • 2 FREE Faecal Worm Egg Counts (in house)
  • 6 blood samples for trace elements; Selenium, Copper and Cobalt.  (NO IODINE)

Training workshops on farm and "farmer's meetings"


Regular training and education offered to keep you up-to-date with current issues and to promote good disease managment.

Laboratory Services


In-house facilities for quick diagnosis of scour causing organisms, colostrum quality and blood diagnostics for downer cows.

Bull/Tup Fertility Testing


We have experienced vets who can offer accurate fertility testing of bulls or tups.  Though true infertility is rare, more than 1 in 5 bulls in the UK are sub-fertile.  Sub-fertile bulls and tups drain profits by extending calving/lambing periods and increasing non-pregnant culls.  We have electro-ejaculator equipment which is a quick, safe method of collecting semen.  A heated microscope allow rapid on farm feedback with further examination at our in house lab allowing results within 24 hours.


We have two vets fully trained to deliver the AHDB mastitis control plan (MCP).  The AHDB MCP is a proven, structured, evidence-based, nationwide approach to mastitis prevention and control in dairy cattle.  So be it an increase in clinical cases, somatic cell count or simply a case of 'fine tuning' your mastitis control we can help you reduce the impact of this costly disease.  For further information please click here, or speak to Alistair McClelland or Rebecca McDonald.



Mobile Foot Trimming Crush


This allows us to safely work with bull's feet, with the animal restrained in a lying-down position for maximum comfort for both the vet and your livestock.

Farm Drugs Available Daily

All veterinary medicines are available during normal surgery opening hours and by prior arrangement outwith these times.  We recieve daily deliveries to ensure we have sufficient stock to meet your needs.  By prior arrangement and when we are in your area drugs can be delivered FREE to your door.



We have two in house Mobility Mentors that offer the AHDB dairy Healthy Feet Programme (DHFP).  The DHFP aims to help dairy farmers reduce the number of lame cows on their farms by identifying and applying the right management techniques.  One part of this is mobility scoring which is being requested by milk producers as part of health planning and may soon become compulsory.  Please contact Alistair McClelland or Ian McDonald for further information




Academy Vet Centre


6 Academy Street



Tel.: 01776 703131



Or use our contact form.



Academy Vet Centre

6-8 Queen Street

Newton Stewart



Tel.: 01671 404951




24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICE:     01776 703131 or 01671 404951   

Please note all out of hours consultations will be seen at our Stranraer branch.  

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