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Thistle, a five-week-old kid (Nubian goat) was first referred to the RVC’s Equine Referral Hospital for evaluation of a suspected open fracture of her right front digits. She was born with what was initially believed to be an angular/flexural deformity and was treated with splints for a few weeks.
The RVC anatomic pathology team provides professional expertise in post mortem examinations, histopathology and immunohistochemistry for domestic species. Farmed livestock are also examined, in a partnership arrangement with the Animal Plant and Health Agency.
The ability of the RVC’s Farm Animal Clinical Centre (FACC) to undertake an increasing amount of diagnostic imaging on farms and in the referral clinical centre has greatly enhanced the service that can be offered to referring vets and clients.
A pygmy goat was admitted the RVC after five days history of being depressed. He was treated for an upper respiratory tract infection by the referring vet but developed multiple cranial nerve deficits and became anorexic.