Vets Ensure Extra Layer of Responsible Animal Care
February 13, 2017
In my experience as a veterinarian, farmers want consumers to have confidence that the food they raise is safe. It’s a fair expectation to have farm animals well cared for and raised in a responsible, ethical way and one I take seriously. Meeting that expectation starts with a close working relationship with the farm family we’re helping.
Keeping a clean house means healthy pigs
Most people would likely be surprised by the conditions and layers of biosecurity that ensure animals stay healthy and safe. Much like
a medical doctor that scrubs before surgery, there’s a process for entering one of our client’s sow farms to reduce the chance of me bringing in anything
that could affect the animals’ health.
- I sign in on a visitor log that tracks who comes in and out of the barn each day.
- After spraying sanitizer on my hands, I sit at a bench in an area similar to a locker room and take my shoes off.
- Then, I swing my legs over to the other side of the bench.
- Some farms have a “shower-in, shower-out” policy, so I’ll take a quick shower and then change into clothes and shoes provided by the farm.
Dr. Wesley Lyons is currently a veterinarian at Bethany Swine Health Services in Sycamore, IL. He started in mixed animal practice for a few months with his father, Dr. Chuck Lyons, before joining Pig Improvement Company as a Health Assurance Veterinarian.
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