Facebook "Horse Vet Corner"

Jessey

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Sorry non-facebookers :p

Does anyone else follow it? its not a discussion place, only vets are allowed to reply, but I'm learning loads just reading the posts, some of it is really interesting stuff, some of it is fricking idiots trying to avoid paying for a vet visit! but others are genuinely too remote to get a vet to them in short order.
 

newforest

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You should be able to check their name against the practice that a) they tell you they are from or b) the register of vets.
Bit like any professional body, you can check credentials.
 

Cortrasna

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You should be able to check their name against the practice that a) they tell you they are from or b) the register of vets.
Bit like any professional body, you can check credentials.

Yes I get that NF - but seems a bit of a non starter if you have to check credentials of those that answer the posts? Perhaps their credentials are clearly listed so it is easy for people to check them out, not sure perhaps @Jessey can enlighten us? -

But even so I feel uncomfortable with some (or a lot judging by the some of the alarming basic ignorance of horse owners on FB and elsewhere in internet land :eek:) novice/newbies relying on answers from a Facebook page? I can see it would be very interesting to follow, and if/when I am let through the door I will probably read lots of the obscure stuff that gets asked as I always thirst for knowledge on Equine ailments lol! But just like to think they will also have the proviso that ALL people posing questions are recommended to talk to their own vet unless it is very obviously minor everyday stuff? :)
 
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newforest

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That's basic common sense though. Consult your vet, farrier.
If you haven't got that basic instinct, sell the horse!
 
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Jessey

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Just checking it out - awaiting approval to join. My only query would be how do we know they are answers from qualified vets?
The admins verify their credentials and add them to a list of approved people to answer questions, and they are really hot at telling anyone off who replies/comments who is not on the list.

That's basic common sense though. Consult your vet, farrier.
If you haven't got that basic instinct, sell the horse!
In the Uk where vets are readily available in most areas yes, but if you live in the wilderness in Alaska for example, that can be more challenging because there may not be a vet/farrier within a days drive.

There are some down right dim people asking dim questions but a lot are from people living in very remote locations (it is world wide) or places where they cannot access vet care, or their only vet is not a horse specialist. There is also often people who have already worked with their own vets and/or hospitals where its an unusual case and the vets are stumped and the owner is seeking to reach a number of vets in short order to see if anyone has seen something similar, or those seeking a second opinion or reassurance. There's quite a lot asking just in case questions too, what if type things. I like learning, so for me its really interesting.
 
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newforest

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Yes and different parts of the world have different views.
The was a course I did online once that was world wide, I was talking to people overseas that didn't have grass at all. They had to import feed and from memory they still had horses with metabolic issues and Laminitus- because what they had access to all wasn't considered suitable either.

I guess we can all learn something from anyone, vet or not. I can occasionally say something useful but more often is useless. :p
 
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