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Mobile Veterinary Services
The Farm Animal Hospital, PC has been in business since June 2002. The Farm Animal Hospital, PC is a mobile veterinary practice providing service to farm animals in Chautauqua, Western Cattaraugus, and Northwestern Warren Counties. Emergency services are provided on evenings, weekends and holidays. Appointments are scheduled from 9:00am until 4:00pm on weekdays. Please call (716) 661-9010 for an appointment.
About Dr. Shannon
The practice is owned by Shannon N. Carpenter, DVM. Dr. Shannon graduated with a Regents diploma from Falconer Central School in 1994, a Bachelor of Science in Large Animal Science Summa Cum Laude from Delaware Valley College in 1998, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. Dr. Shannon is currently a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, New York State Veterinary Medical Society, Chautauqua County Veterinary Society, and American Association of Bovine Practitioners. She is also a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Falconer. She resides in Falconer with her husband, Michael and son, Laine.
Services have been provided to many species including cattle, sheep, goats, llamas, alpacas, swine, equine, deer and occassionally poultry. The most commonly utilized services include routine physical examinations, pregnancy diagnosis via palpation or ultrasound, health certificates for animals traveling within and out of the state, ill animal evaluations, surgeries (castrations, displaced abomasum, etc.) , vaccination and deworming protocols, and treatment protocols. She works in collaboration with the local NYS Veterinarian in enrolling dairy farms in the NYSCHAP program. Many commonly used prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplies are maintained in inventory for owners to purchase. Prescription products are only available to clients with a valid Veterinary-Client-Patient Relationship.
Large Animal Medicine
Shannon’s expertise lies within this branch of large animal
veterinary medicine. It deals with the causes, diagnosis,
treatment, and prevention of diseases and injuries of large animals
and includes treating many species for specific health
Our Specialized Services:
Health Management: Successful herd health practices occur
when the veterinarian and producer are able to work together to
build a plan specific to the problems and situations within their
herd. Dr. Shannon will routinely schedule herd health appointments
for dairy and beef herds. Dairy herd health visits are
generally done more frequently as cows are constantly calving in
order to keep milk production constant. During these visits, she is
assessing general health of the animals, but is normally performing
ultrasound or rectal palpation to determine the animal’s
pregnancy status. Beef herd health is a little more involved as the
cattle are handled much less frequently than dairy cows. During
these annual visits the overall health of the animals is assessed
and management recommendations are made to the producer. Cows are
rectally palpated to determine if pregnant; calves are dehorned,
castrated, tagged, tattooed, and sorted (processed); and all cattle
are dewormed and vaccinated. Dr. Shannon also participates in
herd health team meetings involving the producer, nutritionist,
crop manager, and any other individuals involved in the management
of the operation.
Immunizations: Many of Dr. Shannon’s clients oversee the management of their large animal pets and livestock. She recommends that animals receive vaccinations based on the amount of risk to which an animal will be exposed. For example, horses that never leave the farm generally are vaccinated for environmentals, meaning that they receive vaccines for diseases that they can pick up from the environment, like West Nile or Rabies. Cattle are oftenn vaccinated against pneumonia, mastitis, and scours. Each farm has a specific protocol devised from what diseases the animal is exposed to. We try to educate our clients upon the type of coverage necessary for their individual animals and the importance of administering booster vaccines to naive animals. If you want more information, please contact Dr. Shannon to discuss starting a vaccine program today.
Fecal Examinations: We recommend running annual fecal
evaluations on your animals and collectively on your herd to check
for internal parasites and determine whether changes need to be
made to the animals deworming protocol.
Health Certificates: By law, any animal traveling across state lines is required to have had a veterinarian examine and assess their health and complete an interstate health certificate or Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI), within 30 days of travel. This is done most frequently on animals that being sold and are being transported across the country. Many large animal health certificates require additional permits, testing, and information to accompany the initial certificate of inspection. During fair season, an intrastate CVI is required. If you plan on traveling and are unsure whether or not you are in need of a CVI, please contact Dr. Shannon for assistance.
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