Traditional and integrative large animal ambulatory service in southern Maine and New Hampshire.
Mobile large animal veterinary service in southern Maine and New Hampshire. Providing traditional and integrative veterinary care for all large animal species. Instagram & Snapchat: goat_doc
Practice Information as of 4/20/20:
In light of current ongoing global health concerns, my practice protocols have changed to reflect CDC and AVMA recommendations:
For non-emergency appointments, I am attempting to postpone as much as possible until social distancing is hopefully no longer necessary. This is your annual herd health check, routine physical examinations, vaccinations other than Rabies, and the like.
Under normal circumstances, emergency services are provided only to established and current clients. This means that I have seen your animals/herd/etc for a herd health visit within the last 12 months. I have currently relaxed this protocol to try to help our profession maintain animal health, particularly in regards to our food producing species. If you already have a current vet that you are working with, I encourage you to contact and consult with them prior to contacting me, but if you are stuck in an emergency situation, I may be able to assist. Thank you for understanding that this is similar to your dog or cat being seen at an emergency hospital- if you would like my services as your "regular" farm vet, once we are in a place where normal farm calls are resuming, we can make an appointment to establish a herd/farm VCPR.
Current clients with a VCPR may connect with me via email or messaging through this page, and as much as possible, I will try to assist remotely.
If I am making a call to your farm, I am going to request that the patient is caught up and identified and that you remain in the house or working elsewhere on the farm while I examine the animal. We can consult via phone.
Thank you for your understanding that these protocols are as much if not MORE for your health and safety than mine.
[01/17/19] I am headed out to NAVC/VMX for my annual continuing education trip! I will be back on January 28. Best contact until then is email [email protected] or message through the page!
I made it to 10 episodes, guys!
Thanks everyone for listening, reviewing, and keep the feedback coming! :)
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This episode has *nothing* to do with the 4th of July, but enjoy it anyway! ;)
Episode 4 is up this morning- "Signalment (aka What You Need to Tell Me on the Phone)
I'm uploading to Soundcloud right now.
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I've been pretty quiet on here lately- it's been a busy spring!! But I wanted to share a project I've been working on- I just launched my first podcast "Goat Talk with the Goat Doc!"
I'm a huge podcast fan from spending many an hour shoveling out the barns and listening to lots of podcasts, and I couldn't believe that there wasn't one out there already about goats!
You can find "Goat Talk with the Goat Doc" on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher - search "goat doc" and it should come up! Let me know if there's another podcast platform that you like that I should get on!
Earlier this spring my alma mater, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, sent a reporter and a photographer to join me on the road.
Cara Sammons-Shepard, V16, decided to become a traveling veterinarian after she had trouble finding care for her own dairy goats. Get the full story at https://tuftsmagazine.com/issues/magazine/road-goat-doc
[06/01/18] I am still unable to receive text messages! Please FB message or email me at [email protected]
I am currently unable to receive or send text messages! Please FB message me through this page or email me at [email protected] if you need to get in touch.
Phone calls are still coming through at 207 636 7505.
[01/31/18] I will be away for CE at NAVC's VMX Conference from Feb 2 through Feb 12.
[07/30/17] I will be out of town until Tuesday afternoon. Will return any messages/calls on Wednesday, August 2.
This girl had some dental work done today- that mouth should be feeling better soon!
[05/23/17] Trip to Rumford/Mexico area happening this Thursday 5/25. If you would like to get in on this trip send me a message or call at 207-636-7505!
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#lifegoals. Get as good at social media for my practice as Cody. 👍😉
Someone is going to outgrow his copilot truck dog seat!!!
[03/31/17] Booking for Western Maine: April 20 and April 27. Call or message me for more info or to schedule! 207 636 7505
What the heck is a VCPR? And why should I care about it? (Sorry- wall of text ahead! but this is important stuff!)
A Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship is what happens when the vet examines your animal(s)- dogs, cats, horses, goats, chickens, etc. Just like going to your Primary Care Doctor for your annual physical examination.
When you establish a relationship with a vet, it means that they then may, depending on their clinical judgement, be able to advise remotely (phone, Skype, FaceTime, etc) on medical situations when they arise.
This is *especially* important for large animals (the vet has to come to you most often) and even more important in places like Maine and New Hampshire where we all live far away from everything!
Part of my practice model is to establish relationships with you and your animals, so that you should feel free to call me and ask questions. If I've met you and your animal, in the event of an emergency, I am going to be much more able to advise on your situation.
avma.org The veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) is the basis for interaction among veterinarians, clients and patients and is critical to animal health.
Springtime means piglets! I'm happy to see these often ornery and loud critters. I've found that often pigs don't get veterinary care because there aren't a lot of vets willing to work with them. I get a kick out of these guys!
Did you know that horses' molars grow continually? Throughout their life, regular dental care can help them maintain efficient digestion, healthy weight, and live a longer life. The way that an individual horse chews affects the wear on the teeth, and sometimes correction of the grinding surface is necessary.
Dental floating is often done once or twice a year, depending on what the animal needs.
Show me your teeth! Give a call 207-636-7505 or email [email protected] to schedule.
This Thursday will be the 3rd Thursday in March?!
For livestock owners in Western Maine, I have just added an informational page to my website to help give an idea of service to the area. Have a click and don't hesitate to contact me with any questions!
csheparddvm.wixsite.com Western Maine
Coggins testing, Certificates of Veterinary Inspection, and Veterinary Feed Directives.... I am finalizing my set up with GlobalVetLink to provide these services in a fast and paperless way!
My very sincere apologies to those who left messages on my non-emergency voicemail- I have not been receiving notifications for the messages and the phone company is getting back to me as to why "within 48 hours" !! :(
In the meantime, they instructed me on the work-around and you will hear from me shortly! Technology is great when it works! ;)
Met these handsome gent's in NH!
Pownal, Gray, Freeport, Durham, Brunswick. I will be in your area next Thursday March 16, and have some room for morning calls. Calls to this area are normally $99, but I can offer a discount when we schedule to coordinate.
Spring is coming!!! (I think the calendar says so anyway...)
Even with the crazy temperatures we've been having, babies are on the way at our farm and I'm sure your's too!
I offer disbudding, castration, vaccinations and other veterinary services for newborns, and of course for their moms, too!
Looking forward to meeting all the newbies!
Are you gearing up for show season?
I ALWAYS give a $10 off routine farm call discount to card-holding 4H and FFA members. Let's get ready to show off those animals! :)
Do you Instagram? Follow me @goat_doc. :) https://www.instagram.com/goat_doc/
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Phyllis getting some acupuncture. She is currently getting daily PT and stretching, and acupuncture needles about once a week to help recover from a stifle injury.
Shepard DVM - Mobile Veterinary Services
[01/23/17] Seven days left to take advantage of a $20 off your first routine farm call. Openings available this week and next- Monday, Thursday, Friday!
Is your farm located along either of these routes? I will be traveling to Mexico, ME this coming Thursday, January 19, and will be able to discount call charges the more I fill the day!
And I am still running the $20 off the first routine farm call for the month of January.
Please give a call (207-636-7505) or email ([email protected]) to schedule!
New plates just arrived!! 👍👍
Practice Q&A Continues!
Q: What's with veterinary acupuncture?
A: Veterinary acupuncture is a different way of approaching veterinary medicine. I have been trained in both traditional "Western" veterinary medicine at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, and completed the Chi Institute Mixed Animal Acupuncture program during my 4th year of veterinary school. (Dr Xie, the founder of the Chi Institute, is in the picture.)
My approach to Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) is to use it as an additional tool in my medical tool box. Acupuncture and TCVM can help with pain management, neurological conditions, recovery from injury, and other medical conditions.
TCVM has been used to treat large animals (especially horses and - believe it or not!- pigs!) for over 2000 years.
I will be traveling north to the Rumford/Mexico, Maine area on Thursday, January 19, and I currently have room for 2-3 more farm calls that day.
Please contact me via Facebook message, email [email protected] or give me a call at 207 636 7505 if you are a little farther north (thinking Bridgton, Maine to Rumford, Maine) and would like to schedule a call. If I fill my day, I can discount the call charge for each stop!
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