Welcome to Beckett & Associates
Beckett & Associates Veterinary Services, LLC is a mixed practice located in Glastonbury, Connecticut. Companion animals (mostly dogs and cats) comprise about 70% of our practice, with the remaining 30% split between various farm animals. Although the bulk of our Connecticut farm animal practice is horses, we do see a fair number of llamas, alpacas, sheep, goats and a few dairy and beef herds.
Complementary (Alternative) Therapies
Beckett & Associates offers both traditional veterinary medicine as well as complementary, alternative medical approaches. Dr. Beckett is certified in CT for ACUPUNCTURE and CHIROPRACTIC treatments and is an active member of IVAS, AAVA and AHVMA.
Beckett & Associates Veterinary Services, LLC employs three full-time veterinarians. Our staff also includes certified veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, reception staff and a hospital manager. Since we are a “mixed animal” practice, our staff may see a variety of patients ranging from small cats to horses in any given day. The hospital is equipped to handle both farm and companion animals on an inpatient basis, as well as offering farm animal ambulatory services. We have surgical facilities for both farm and companion animals and routinely perform common surgical procedures. The “mixed animal” environment makes each workday interesting and challenging for all. Please feel free to stop by anytime during regular office hours or give our office a call at 860-659-0848. Our staff would be happy to answer any questions you may have about our CT farm animal vet and companion animal practice.
Beckett & Associates Veterinary Service, LLC is a licensed vet in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
On The Watch for HPAI
~USDA Veterinary Services has been very busy responding the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreak in several states since December 2014, including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Missouri, Arkansas, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. To date (May 4th 2015), there have been 119 confirmed premises in the US with HPAI, with 108 occurring just this past month in April. Recently, the HPAI virus has severely affected the commercial tur-key industry in Minnesota and large scale layer chicken complexes in Iowa and Wisconsin, with this HPAI H5N2 strain. The virus is mainly spread by wild migratory birds, such as ducks and geese, as they are a natural reservoir host. The commercial turkey and layer farms infected with the disease have had a mortality rate of close to 98-99%. The virus is very contagious and has the ability to spread very quickly on a farm and throughout multiple barns, killing nearly all the poultry generally within a week. More than 300 USDA VS employees have been deployed to help respond to the HPAI outbreak in the west and Midwest US.
So what does this mean to you as a local veterinarian?? Well, if you see any backyard poultry or pet birds in your practice, you should be aware of HPAI by knowing the signs to look for, who to call if you suspect a case, and have education on biosecurity to provide to your clients to help prevent this disease in their bird flock. The clinical signs of birds affected with all forms of AI may show one or more of the following: Sudden death without clinical signs; Lack of energy and appetite; Decreased egg production; Soft-shelled or misshapen eggs; Swelling of the head, eyelids, comb, wattles, and hocks; Purple discoloration of the wattles, combs, and legs; Nasal discharge; Coughing, sneezing; Lack of coordination; and Diarrhea.