Concern over shortage of vets to care for large farm animals

A shortage of “large animal vets” in Donegal is leading to serious concerns for animal welfare, and resulting in cases where vets from outside of the region are charging as much as 500 Euro for after-hour call outs.

The IFA Donegal Chairman Brendan McLoughlin says there is a severe shortage of vets, especially in the south of the county, and the closure of a number of veterinary practices has also added to the problem.

Mr McLoughlin has been telling Ocean FM that with the majority of new vets specialising in small pets only, the lack of vets dealing with larger animals has resulted in higher veterinary prices.