Checklist: 11 Tips for Organizing Your Farm Medicine Cabinet

Before spring cleaning really, kicks in, check your farm medicine cabinets. 

  • Expired medications should be disposed of appropriately.
  • Clean out mice nests!
  • Restock bandaging materials.
  • Check to see if you have a working medical thermometer; replace as needed.
  • Restock Banamine paste for colic-prone horses.
  • Restock other medications commonly used in your horses or livestock.
  • Put in plastic baggies, preferably zip-lock, for fecal sample collections.
  • Put your veterinarian contact information in/near your medicine cabinet. Dr. Johnson carries business cards and magnets.
  • Put a notebook and pen in your medicine cabinet for emergency record-keeping.
  • Make sure your critters cannot access the medicine storage on their own!
  • While you’re at it, make sure your critters cannot access your feed storage areas on their own.

Dewormers, bandaging supplies, and prescription medicines can be purchased through CALVS online veterinary pharmacy. Digital thermometers are $5 each direct from Dr. Johnson.

CALVS is owned and operated by Dr. Dianne Johnson. Dr. Johnson graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech in May 2012. Dianne is thankful to be back in Vermont (the other “VT”), where she is close to her family and many friends.

Prior to establishing CALVS, Dr. Johnson did a 6-month internship at Cross-Border Equine in Springfield, VT. Dr. Johnson enjoys working with cattle, small ruminants, camelids, and horses, and will also work with swine and poultry on an as-needed basis. Dianne is especially interested in sustainable farming, pasture management, and preventative care.

In her spare time, Dianne enjoys reading, walking and hiking with her dog, and crafts.

Prior to studying veterinary medicine, Dianne studied psychology and worked as an outdoor education instructor. She enjoys teaching youth and adults husbandry and veterinary medical skills.

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