Based at the Department of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Cambridge’s West Site, just off Junction 13 of the M11, the Farm Animal Unit (FAU)has been providing veterinary services to University animals and other local clients for a number of years. The focus of the unit has always been on teaching and utilising a small number of local clients to provide the best demonstration of quality farm clinical services to our clients and our students. In July 2013 a decision was made to open up the Farm Animal Unit to an extended client base of local farmers and livestock owners under the new name of Cambridge Farm Animal Veterinary Services (CFAVS).
We aim to provide the highest level of veterinary services to farms throughout Cambridgeshire and neighbouring counties and to achieve this through a growing team of dedicated farm animal vets. The ambulatory service is supported by the full range of specialist expertise at the Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital and Cambridge Equine Hospital allowing us to offer a greater range of diagnostic, surgical and medical care.
To aid us in our work we have a farm animal clinic based at the West Cambridge site which is available to our ambulatory clients and referral clients if required.
We have a dedicated team of three Farm Animal Clinicians based within CFAVS, as well as two Junior Clinical Training Scholars (interns), all of whom are focussed on providing the best farm animal services to all clients, big or small. We also have a dedicated Farm Animal Technician who, not only is a Diploma holder in cattle footcare, but has also worked within the farming industry in a range of roles and so is experienced with handling, movement and restraint of all species.
We aim to promote a whole farm approach to animal health, production and welfare, emphasising preventative medicine as the key to profitable, healthy livestock however we are also aware of the importance of the individual animal and are more than happy to treat a single pet goat or pig as we are dealing with a herd of dairy cows.