Sunday Feature: On the Road with Justin Ward


Justin Ward is a proud Cavan man, hailing from the town itself.

He now resides near Athenry, Co. Galway, where he runs a three-vet practice. He took over the practice from his uncle Sean, who still helps out on occasion. The practice is a mixture of smalls and large animals.

Whilst out on the road, Justin encountered a very varied array of problems and animal health conditions. He had to clean a dog’s teeth and ears, whilst also cutting its nails. His fellow vet Stephen performed one castration on a dog and another on a kitten.

This was followed by a call out to a farm ten minutes down the road. Here he tackled the problem of Weanlings with Pneumonia. Upon checking the animal’s lungs and temperatures, six were found to have slight pneumonia and were given a long-acting antibiotic. He did this and said he would enquire back with the owner of the cattle, who was not present at the time, as he needed to exercise caution, as one animal had died the day before.

The next problem was a sheep, with suspected triplets. The ewe was struggling to deliver them herself, meaning Justin had to step in. Upon inspection of the sheep's cervix, he found that she was not dilated enough. He helped increase her dilation, by massaging the cervix with his fingers.

Next Justin had to identify how many lambs she was carrying, which was two. He then, using a rope with a hoop, tied the rope around one of the lambs and pulled it out. This was repeated until a second ram lamb was delivered. The ewe was then given an antibiotic, which is usually standard when an animal has gone through a difficult birthing process.

This was the end of the day with Justin and capped of a very enjoyable, informative day. If you would like to contact Justin or his clinic you can visit their Facebook page here.

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