Our animals are cared for by our dedicated team of specialised, trained Animal Keepers, and their veterinary health is overseen by several Veterinarians specialising in our various species. We are proud to have a knowledgeable team with a wide variety of experience. We are constantly learning and developing our skills to better care for our animals and those who will need us in the future!
Our Animal Care Team are Responsible For:
Cleaning, feeding and observing the animals.
Producing daily written reports about the animals for their individual records (every animal at Brockswood has its own record).
Identifying changes in behaviour that may indicate a change in health.
Carrying out visual and physical health checks.
Administering treatments and medications, and assisting our veterinarians.
Devising and providing animal enrichment.
Environmental and enclosure work.
All other elements of animal care.
Like humans, animals need a well-balanced diet to keep them fit and healthy. All of our animal diets are designed to provide well-balanced nutrition to each animal, as well as giving them the opportunity to exhibit natural behaviours such as grazing, browsing, or foraging for food. As some of our animals are unwell, or at different life stages, some of our diets are very specialised to that individual; for example, our older sheep require different levels of nutrients and food that is easier to chew.
As well as providing the correct diet, we deliver the animal diets in different ways including scatter feeding, hiding food, ice lollies, and hanging food.
We are covered by several specialised vets who care for our animals at the sanctuary.
Many animals will try to hide signs of sickness because displaying them can make them easier for predators to spot, and so we carry out regular visual and physical health checks. If a keeper thinks an animal is unwell, they will speak to the vet who will then assess the animal and provide any necessary treatments and care advice.
Other veterinary responsibilities include devising an annual health plan for our animals including vaccinations, worming and other preventative measures. They also provide training and advice to our team so that we are able to provide a continued high standard of care and carry out routine care independently, such as administering injections, trimming hooves, providing first aid, and other specialised procedures such as Worm Egg Counts to monitor for internal parasites rather than risking building up resilience to wormers through overuse.
Our vets also carry out bi-annual sanctuary inspections to keep an eye on our animals, provide suggestions, and advise us on any changes that may need to be made.