COVID-19 Please be assured that the practice is still fully operational. We have temporarily changed our services to help our clients by opening from Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm daily and weekends 8.30am to 12pm. Please note this is a this is a short term arrangement to minimise staff in the building and ensure robustness in relation to Covid. We have increased logistical capacity to help with delivery and collections at this difficult time. Please note, PMs need to be at the practice by 5.30pm to ensure they are performed the same day.



Veterinarians at Crowshall Veterinary Services LLP have a wealth of experience and knowledge in the management, health and welfare of turkeys. The knowledge is diverse, ranging from standard commercial production through to organic and free range. This section of the website provides some additional resources which may be of benefit in managing farms on a day to day basis.

Scroll down to find more information on the following areas:

  • Codes and Schemes
  • Medicines and Vaccines
  • Infection and Disease
  • Flock Monitoring
  • Laboratory Services
  • The Poultry Register

Codes and Schemes

Many farms in the UK operate to Quality British Turkeys (QBT) standards. Further information relating to this scheme can be sourced by clicking the QBT Logo below. Some producers may be producing to Freedom Food Standards and more information regarding their schemes can be sourced by clicking the RSPCA Freedom Food Logo here.

QBT Logo

Turkey Breeding Flocks- Poultry Health Scheme

The Poultry Health Scheme has been established to allow members to freely trade within the European Union. The Scheme include hatching eggs, day old poults and birds. The scheme requires a minimum standard of biosecurity as well as a routine monitoring programme for Salmonella (SP, SG and SA) and Mycoplasma (MG and MM). A Guide to the Poultry Health Scheme can be found by clicking the logo below.




Veterinary medicine in the poultry industry is aimed at preventing disease. In order to acheive this vaccination programmes should be tailored to each company and production group using a risk based vs cost approach. From time to time there may also be the need to use medications such as antimicrobials. Like humans animals too can become ill from time to time and in order to safeguard bird welfare medication may be prescribed. Products used must have either a UK Marketing Authorisation (approved by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate) or have been imported under a Special Import Certificate (SIC) granted by the VMD. If you require more information on products with UK marketing authorisation then please link to the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) Website by clicking the logo here to access Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC's).Crowshall customers who are registered for "Clients Services" may request a free Medicines Record book by logging in.

Log-in to Client Services

Infection and Disease

Crowshall Veterinary Services LLP have a disease library where you can learn more about some of the infections that may affect your birds. This service is exclusive to Crowshall Veterinary Services LLP customers that have registered for "Client Services". If you are a Crowshall Customer and would like to registers for Client Services click here.

Edwards Turkey

Flock Monitoring

It is very important to discuss flock health and monitoring with your veterinarian. Some monitoring is statuatory such as in the case of Salmonella as require under the Control Of Salmonella in Poultry order 2007 and National Control Programmes, some is necessary if part of codes or schemes such as Quality British Turkey or The Poultry Health Scheme whilst some is voluntary and may form part of a health screening programme.

Quaility British Turkey

QBT Logo

National Programme for the Control of Salmonella in Turkeys

Click here for a Guide to the National Control Programme for Salmonella in Turkeys

Laboratory Services/Laboratory Reporting/Sampling Materials


Crowshall Veterinary Services LLP offer full laboratory support to our customers for routine flock health monitoring but also as part of our diagnostic approach to disease control. All results can be reported electronically via an online account to which existing customers may subscribe. Click here to log-on or register for "Client Services - REPORTING.

Submission forms should always accompany any samples that you submit to the Crowshall laboratory- these can be downloaded here.

If you require sampling materials for your routine testing programmes then you can request these on-line by clicking here

The Poultry Register

UK Poultry Density

All flock producers who rear more than 50 birds have a legal obligation to register their flocks with DEFRA. This information may become critical in the event of a notifable disease outbreak (ie Avian Influenza or Newcastle Disease). If you have not already registered with DEFRA it is important that you do so as soon as possible. Click on the DEFRA logo to link to the online registration form.


All producers have a obligation to protect the welfare of birds under their care. Legislation in Europe and UK is in place in order to provide a framework to protect our livestock.

For more information on the Statutory instruments applicable to turkey production see below:

In addition to legislation there is a Code of Practice to which producers must be work.

Codes of Practice have been established and provided to Government by the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC) and are built on the following five principles:

  • 1. Freedom from Hunger and Thirst - by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour.
  • 2. Freedom from Discomfort - by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
  • 3. Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease - by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
  • 4. Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour - by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal's own kind.
  • 5. Freedom from Fear and Distress - by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.

For more information on FAWC click below:


Please click the link below to look at the Code of Recommendation for the Welfare of Turkeys.