Did you know? Depending on the animal being treated, our veterinary care costs can quickly exceed £1,000 per month!
Our residents are cared for by our dedicated Animal Care Team 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 residents and those who will need us in the future.
All animals joining us at the sanctuary undergo a Quarantine period for a minimum of 30 days depending on their initial assessment and veterinary recommendations at the time. This keeps both them and our current residents safe and allows us to ease them gently into their new home, whilst building in their new care plans. Once this period is complete, we will help them to find their place at the sanctuary. This may be with a social group, or in the case of some of our more sensitive residents, they may prefer to live peacefully on their own. It is important to us to find what is right for them in their Forever Home.
Our Animal Care Team:
Clean, feed and observe the animals.
Produce daily written reports about the animals for their individual records (every resident at Brockswood has their own record detailing everything about them).
Identify changes in behaviour that may indicate a change in health.
Carry out visual and physical health checks.
Administer treatments and medications, and assist our veterinarians.
Devise and provide animal enrichment.
Assist our handyman with habitat design.
All other elements of animal care - there is a lot more to it than you might think!
Like us, 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 of our residents, as well as giving them the opportunity to exhibit natural behaviours such as grazing, browsing, or foraging for food. As some of our residents are unwell, or at different life stages, some of our diets are very specialised for that individual; for example, our older sheep require different levels of nutrients and food that is easier to chew as they have worn and lost some of their teeth.
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 team member 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 residents, including vaccinations, worming and other preventative measures. They also provide training and advice to our team so that we can 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 unnecessary overuse.
Our vets also carry out bi-annual sanctuary inspections to keep an eye on our residents, provide suggestions, and advise us on any changes that may need to be made.
We rescue, care for and rehabilitate sick, injured, mistreated and in many cases abandoned and unwanted animals; giving them a safe and happy Forever Home here with us for life.
Every animal at Brockswood has a story to tell. While many have been rescued from very poor conditions, some of the luckier individuals have enjoyed happy lives with families who through no fault of their own were sadly unable to continue to care for their much-loved companion.
Some examples of places our residents may come from are:
Individual animals found stray or injured.
Animals that have been kept in poor conditions, seized by Local Authorities or other Animal Welfare Organisations.
No longer wanted pets - sadly, these are often simply abandoned on our car park.
Animals from other sanctuaries, helping to make space to rescue more.
"Excess zoo stock" in need of a Forever Home.
Vets placing animals for rehabilitation or long-term care unable for release.
If you visit us, you may see some animals that appear to be in a poor condition; these are some that have recently arrived and are undergoing veterinary treatment at the moment. Also, please remember that as a sanctuary and not your regular "farm park", you will see animals that you are not used to seeing - given the freedom to live and grow up, those baby animals you are used to seeing become old, just like us! Some of our residents are now very old or have disabilities, lumps and bumps, missing horns, old healed injuries from their past lives, and so on.
Sadly, some of them have had a bad start in life, but by supporting our work, you are helping us to ensure that their lives will always be happy from now on.