02 6884 1190 dubbovet@apiam.com.au

Sheep Services

Sheep Services

Dubbo Veterinary Hospital has a number of Vets experienced in all aspects of individual and flock problems in sheep and provides all general, emergency and reproductive services on-farm. 

We provide a service to producers that include:

  • Obstetrical work including lambings, caesareans and prolapse treatment
  • Diagnosis and treatment of pre and post lambing diseases in ewes including pregnancy toxaemia and nutritional deficiencies
  • Advice on parasite control and management
  • Diagnosis and treatment of sick sheep on an individual and flock basis
  • Nutritional advice
  • Reproduction
  • Pre-joining examination of rams
  • Semen collection, evaluation and freezing via Apiam Genetic Services
  • We also provide an ultra-sound pregnancy testing service that enables you to most economically manage your ewes by optimising fertility in your flock and by assessing their future nutritional requirements.
Ovine Brucellosis Accreditation

Ovine brucellosis (OB) is common in many sheep flocks and is caused by the bacterium Brucella ovis. The organism is found in the semen of rams and causes epididymitis (hard lumps in the testicles) leading to ram infertility and sterility. In ewes, it will cause abortion and early embryonic loss.

Dubbo Veterinary Hospital can help evaluate your rams as well as diagnose and eradicate Ovine Brucellosis from your flock.

Measures to prevent the introduction of Ovine Brucellosis into your flock include:

  • Only purchasing rams from those studs which can guarantee they are free of ovine brucellosis.
  • Studs should be part of the NSW Ovine Brucellosis Accreditation Scheme.
  • Preventing stray rams getting into the ram flock and your rams from getting into the neighbour’s flock by maintaining ram fencing.
  • Do not purchase rams from saleyards where infected rams may be sold.
  • Palpate your rams’ testicles prior to joining and in 6 monthly intervals.

Dubbo Veterinary Hospital is able to offer Ovine Brucellosis Accreditation to studs in order to sell Brucellosis accredited free rams.

Faecal Egg Counts and Dawbutts

Faecal Egg Counts (FECs) represent the number of worm eggs in a sample of dung at a given time. The count is then expressed as ‘eggs per gram’ of dung. FECs provide a more accurate assessment of worm burden compared to assessment on clinical signs alone (scouring, weight loss, pale membranes).

A count can help identify emerging worm problems before symptoms appear, helping to avoid costly losses in production. FECs help assess the overall worm status of a mob, guide the decision to treat (or not) and alert us to possible resistance.

Regular FEC monitoring is cost effective, saving the expense of unnecessary or ineffective drenching. FECs help to assess the efficacy of chemicals used to control worms on your individual property.

Dubbo Veterinary Hospital uses Dawbutts for FEC studies. This system allows the ease of using an easy to use prepaid pack, where the producer can collect and send away specimens when it is most convenient and then be invoiced based on the test used. Results are them emailed direct to you whilst Dubbo Veterinary Hospital receives a copy. 

Any producer who uses Dubbo Veterinary Hospital for Dawbutts FEC is entitled to discuss your treatment options with a veterinarian. 

Call us at Dubbo Veterinary Hospital to discuss Ovine Brucellosis investigation and accreditation or to discuss Dawbutts FEC.

Sheep and Goat Reproduction

In order to fulfil the breeding objectives of your flock, different breeding techniques can be employed. In essence, the objective of these techniques is to proliferate the genetics of the desired sire and dam as much as possible.

These techniques include natural mating, laparoscopic artificial insemination with either fresh, chilled or thawed frozen semen and multi ovulation and embryo transfer with either fresh, chilled or thawed frozen embryos.

Via Apiam Genetic Services we offer the collection, evaluation and freezing of ram semen, laparoscopic insemination (fresh, chilled and frozen) and multi ovulation of ewes and transfer of embryos (fresh, chilled and frozen).

Dubbo Veterinary Hospital and Apiam Genetic Services have more than 30 years experience with freezing ram semen and undertaking laparoscopic artificial insemination and multi-ovulation and embryo transfer of ewes.

Semen Processing, Storage & Export

Semen Processing

Apiam Genetic Services is able to collect, process and store semen from your rams. We will only process semen that has passed our strict standards.

Semen can only be processed from rams that have undergone a negative Brucella ovis CFT blood test, a negative Brucella ovis semen culture and a negative Actinobacillus seminis culture.

Semen will only be passed for use if it has exceeded Apiam Genetic Services strict standards with regard to semen motility, morphology and concentration, resulting in the appropriate number of normal progressively normal spermatozoa.

Semen Storage

Apiam Genetic Services has been storing semen since 1982. We have dozens of tanks and some semen that has been stored with us for over 30 years.

Transporting Semen

Apiam Genetic Services has numerous dry shipper tanks that allows us to transport semen all over Australia. We are very experienced and ship semen consignments on a weekly basis.

Exporting Semen

The exportation of semen can require considerable logistics, health tests and paperwork. Apiam Genetic Services is accredited to collect and facilitate the export of semen to a variety of countries.

Apiam Genetic Services have been successfully processing, storing, distributing and exporting ram semen for over 30 years.

Laparoscopic Artificial Insemination

Laparoscopic artificial insemination is a quick and simple surgical artificial technique, which uses a rigid fibre optic scope through the abdominal wall, to locate the reproductive tract and deposit semen in the lumen of the uterine horn.

Most laparoscopic artificial insemination utilises thawed frozen semen, after the ewes have been treated with hormones to induct a synchronised oestrous (heat) thus allowing a set time for insemination.

In addition to using thawed frozen semen, Apiam Genetic Services can offer semen collected from a sire on farm on insemination day and use fresh semen.

Apiam Genetic Services offer laparoscopic artificial insemination services for operations of any size from 10 to 1000 and can organise a program to suit your individual requirements.

Apiam Genetic Services have been successfully undertaking laparoscopic artificial insemination of ewes over 30 years. Call us to discuss your breeding program.

Muliovulation, Uterine Flush & Embryo Transfer

Multiovulation involves treating donor does with hormones to substantially increase the number of eggs they produce at a particular time. These are the fertilized through artificial insemination.

Uterine flushing refers to harvesting these embryos from the donor doe after 6 days growth.

After harvesting the Embryos are then transferred to recipient does that have been synchronized to the same heat pattern as that of the donor doe.

The process has a high degree of technical input and is comprised of a series of events and procedures that all require successful completion if a satisfactory outcome is to be achieved. Appropriate management and attention to detail is a critical ingredient.

The ‘Hands Free’ ET centre facility “Carinya” is specially designed to standardise treatment of all donor does with nutrition and management. For any given ET program, we have an experienced team consisting of 2 – 3 veterinarians, 1-2 embryologists, 1-2 technicians and 1-3 sheep handling and preparation staff. MAB has an effective freezing method suitable for domestic use and export protocols.

We undertake a chilled program where the donors are run at our ET centre and the recipients are run on your own property. The procedures for the recipients are essentially the same as a run of the mill AI program. On the day of flushing, the embryos are collected, chilled, transported and transferred the same afternoon, or the next day depending on the number of donor does.

Apiam genetic Services have been successfully undertaking Hands Free ET for over 15 years. Call us to discuss your breeding program.

Don Crosby Veterinary Surgeons
  • Monday – Friday 8.30 am – 6.00 pm
  • Saturday 8.30 am – 12 noon
  • Telephone: 02 6884 1190
  • Email: dubbovet@apiam.com.au
  • AH Emergency: 02 6884 1190
Privacy Statement

Privacy Policy 
Apiam Animal Health Limited ACN 604 961 024 

Apiam Animal Health Limited and each of its subsidiaries ('Apiam', ‘our’, 'we' or 'us') take your privacy and security very seriously. We respect your rights to privacy under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (“Act”) and we comply with all of the Act’s requirements in respect of the collection, management and disclosure of your personal information. This policy relates only to the personal information management practices of Apiam. Personal information means information which identifies you as an individual, or from which your identity can reasonably be ascertained. This Policy describes how we collect, store, use and disclose personal information and also explains your rights to access and correct that information or make a complaint about our handling of our personal information (regardless of the form of the information and whether the information is true or not). This policy does not relate to personal information held about current or former employees of Apiam.

We only collect personal information if it is necessary for one of our functions or activities. The type of personal information we collect will depend on the reason for collection. Generally, the types of personal information we collect will include name, contact details and records of communication with us.In addition, we collect information relating to:
Veterinary clients and/or retail customers

  • information about your pet or animal ownership details; insurance details (if applicable) for the treatment of your pet or animal;
  • details of the products and services you have purchased from us or which you have enquired about, together with any additional information necessary to deliver those products and services and to respond to your enquiries;
  • marketing preferences, including the type of marketing materials you wish to receive and the method of delivery (email, SMS, direct mail, or other);
  • responses to customer satisfaction, service development, quality control and research surveys and similar activities;
  • any additional information relating to you that you provide to us directly through our websites or indirectly through use of our websites or online presence, through our representatives or otherwise; and information you provide to us through our customer surveys or visits by our representatives from time to time.
  • We may also be required to collect your personal information under State and Territory veterinary surgeons’ legislation.

Job applicants

  • employment and academic histories and the names of referees. We will collect this information directly from organisations that provide recruitment related services to us, and from third parties who provide job applications with professional or personal references.
    We will also collect information, including names and contact details, about:
  • people involved in or through organisation that we support;
  • our suppliers (this information is collected for business-related purposes but contains some limited personal information such as contact details of the people that we liaise with);
  • people who correspond with us, including through our website, in which case we may keep a copy of that correspondence and relevant contact details; and
  • people who request information updates about us through our mailing list.

To improve your experience on our website, we may use ‘cookies’. Cookies are an industry-standard and most major websites use them. A cookie is a small text file that our site may place on our computer as a tool to remember your preferences. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of the website. Our website may contain links to other websites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. Our website uses Google Analytics, a service which transmits website traffic data to Google servers. Google Analytics does not identify individual users or associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. We use reports provided by Google Analytics to help us understand website traffic and webpage usage. By using our websites, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner described in Google’s Privacy Policy: https://policies.google.com/privacy. 

Where it is reasonable and practicable to do so, we collect personal information directly from you when you correspond or register your details with us, when you present your pet or animal for treatment at one of our clinics or provide feedback to us. Depending on the nature of our interaction with you, we may collect personal information from third parties – for example, information about job applications is collected in manner set out above; where new veterinary practices join the Apiam group and from organisations with whom we have an affiliation. Apiam may also collect personal information about individual veterinary surgeons (for example where other veterinary surgeons are also involved in the care of an animal), contractors and other individuals who interact with us. This information is generally collected for administration and management purposes. We hold personal information in hard copy (paper) or electronic form. If you provide information to us electronically, we retain this information in our computer systems and databases. Information held in electronic form is generally held on servers controlled by Apiam or on servers controlled by third parties under contractual arrangement with Apiam in Australia. Apiam uses physical security, password protection and other measures to ensure that personal information stored in electronic form is protected from misuse, interference and loss; and from unauthorised access, modification and disclosure. Personal information collected in hard copy (paper) form may be converted to electronic form. Information held in paper-based form is generally securely stored at our veterinary clinics, or our head office. Apiam uses physical security and other measures to ensure that personal information in hard copy form is protected from misuse, interference and loss; and from unauthorised access, modification and disclosure.

We may use personal information for the primary purpose for which it is collected (e.g. the provision of our veterinary services) or for purposes related to the primary purpose where it would be reasonably expected that we would use the information in such a way, or in other limited circumstances as set out in the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act). We collect, hold and use your personal information to:

  • to provide safe and effective veterinary care to your pet or animal;
  • to provide products and services to you and to send communications requested by you;
  • to answer enquiries and provide information or advice about existing and new products or services;
  • to communicate with you about upcoming appointments, health checks, vaccination schedules and other related veterinary care matters;
  • ▪ to manage, monitor, plan and evaluate our services;
  • for safety and quality assurance and improvement activities;
  • for testing and maintenance of information technology systems;
  • for product and service development, quality control and research to improve the way Apiam and its service provides provide products and services to us and you;
  • to seek your feedback in relation to customer satisfaction and our relationship with you and perform research and statistical analysis using such feedback;
  • to correspond with people who have contacted us, and deal with feedback;
  • to recruit and assess potential employees;
  • for marketing (including direct marketing), planning, product or service development, quality control and research purposes of Apiam and its related bodies corporate;
  • to maintain and update our records;
  • to comply with any law, rule, regulation, lawful and binding determination, decision or direction of a regulator, or in co-operation with any governmental authority of any country;
  • to answer your questions, provide you with information or advice (including general pet health advice) or consider and respond to requests or complaints made by you.

We may not disclose personal information to third parties unless we are permitted to do so by law or we have obtained consent to do so. We may disclose personal information for the primary purpose for which it is collected or for purposes related to the primary purpose where it would be reasonably be expected that we would use the information in such a way. Third parties we may disclose personal information to include:

  • Veterinary care professionals (for example, veterinary pathologists) in the course of the provision of veterinary care to your pet or animal (where this is consistent with our veterinary surgeons' legal and professional obligations);
  • Data analysts, IT service providers and our advisors including our professional advisors (including legal and financial advisors);
  • Financial institutions involved with administering billing (including administration of insurance and other third-party payment arrangements) and debt recovery; and
  • Government agencies.
  • We take steps to ensure that our service providers are obliged to protect the privacy and security of personal information and use it only for the purpose for which it is disclosed.

Unless we have your consent, or an exception under the Australian Privacy Principles applies, we will only disclose your personal information to overseas recipients where we have taken reasonable steps to ensure that the overseas recipient does not breach the Australian Privacy Principles in relation to your personal information. We may use cloud computing services or data storage located overseas in which case information may be stored, under our control, on computer servers located outside of Australia.
You can request access to your personal information held by us, or request that it be corrected, by contacting us at the address below.Where we hold information that you are entitled to access, we will try to provide you with suitable means of accessing it (for example, by mailing or emailing it to you). There may be instances where we cannot grant you access to the personal information we hold. For example, we may need to refuse access if granting access would interfere with the privacy of others or if it would result in a breach of confidentiality. If that happens, we will give you written reasons for any refusal. If you believe that personal information we hold about you is incorrect, incomplete or inaccurate, then you may request that we amend it. We will consider if the information requires amendment. If we do not agree that there are grounds for amendment then we will add a note to the personal information stating that you disagree with it.

Apiam take reasonable steps to destroy or permanently de-identify your personal information where it is no longer required. Personal information which forms part of our veterinary surgeons' treatment records must be maintained in accordance with legislative and professional requirements.

If you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy or how your personal information has been handled by Apiam, you may contact us at any time. The contact details for the Apiam Privacy Officer are set out below under 'Contacting Us'. We will consider and respond to your complaint within a reasonable period. If you are not satisfied with our response to a complaint, or you consider that Apiam may have breached the Australian Privacy Principles or the Privacy Act, you are entitled to make a complaint to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner can be contacted by telephone on 1300 363 992. Full contact details for the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner can be found online at www.oaic.gov.au.

We reserve the right, at our discretion, to modify or remove portions of this Privacy Policy at any time. This Privacy Policy is in addition to any other terms and conditions applicable to the web site. Any updated versions of this privacy policy will be posted on our website and will be effective upon posting. Please review it regularly.

You may contact us in relation to this Privacy Policy or your personal information as follows:

  • Call us: (03) 5445 5999
  • Email: privacy*apiam.com.au
  • In Writing: The Privacy Officer – Apiam, PO Box 2388, Bendigo DC, Vic 3554


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