We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

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Farm Services

Embryo Transfer

Embryo transfer is a form of assisted reproduction, in many ways similar to procedures used on humans. Embryo transfer can be done on many species, but is most commonly done on cattle. With embryo transfer, fertilized embryos from one cow can be implanted in another cow, allowing her to carry the calf to birth. The collected embryos can also be frozen in liquid nitrogen and stored for use at a later time, or shipped around the world.

Our embryo transfer team is involved in the programming and scheduling of the medications required for successful development and fertilization of several embryos, and then of the procedures to collect the embryos and process them for implantation or freezing. Careful documentation is an important part of the process so that the embryos can be exported if required.

We are certified by the Canadian Embryo Transfer Association, and Canadian Food Inspection Agency for exporting embryos throughout the world.

Bovine Health Management

The modern dairy cow is an amazing animal. She is capable of producing over 45 litres of high-quality milk a day, but to do this she must have near-perfect conditions. In our climate, most cows spend a lot of their time indoors, so discussions on things like ventilation and cow comfort are very important. With larger herd sizes, disease control is critical, so measures to control the spread of illness are required. Vaccination protocols to fit individual farm operations are needed, and standard operating procedures need to be formed to handle common diseases that may occur. Training of farm personnel in the proper use of medications is an ongoing part of what we do.

Cattle that are producing a lot of milk may have more difficulty becoming pregnant, and we spend a large amount of our time working on reproductive issues. Diagnosing reproductive disorders and setting up treatment protocols for them, as well as performing pregnancy exams are part of regular herd visits.

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    COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

    Dear Clients,

    Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

    The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

    1. We are currently operating a "closed-door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 519-773-3911. We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

    2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

    3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Saturday from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm.

    4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment from your vehicle. We do have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the online store button. We have currently lowered our delivery fee, and it's free for orders over $50.

    5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

    6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

    7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

    Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

    - Your dedicated team at Aylmer Veterinary Clinic