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Farm Animal Practice
Management of dystocia in cattle
  1. Neil Frame

    Neil Frame graduated from Edinburgh in 1978 and has worked in mixed practice ever since. He was based in Devon before moving to Cumbria, where he is a partner in a 12‐vet mixed practice in Penrith. He holds certificates in veterinary anaesthesia and equine practice, and is an honorary fellow of veterinary clinical studies at Edinburgh. His main interests are diagnostic techniques in equine and farm animals.


THE majority of new graduates usually want to start their professional life in mixed practice. With the diminishing proportion of farm animal work in many mixed practices, it now often takes longer for the recent graduate to build up sufficient expertise and confidence to deal with cases of bovine dystocia. Yet, after a few months in practice, there is an expectation by many clients and employers that the young vet should be able to cope unaided with all obstetrical eventualities. This article advises on obstetrical decision making and describes how to institute corrective manoeuvres. It also discusses how to recognise and treat some of the more common complications that might arise.

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