Q & A.. About the Rules And How HVC Functions

By Deb Haines

Q&A ….

1) Where are the group rules kept ?
The rules for HVC are kept as the pinned post.
Pinned post…..https://www.facebook.com/groups/277077519400687/permalink/277086072733165/

2) What is a pinned post ?
A pinned post is a post that will remain at the top of the group page until removed, used often for rules, announcement and Topic nights.

3) How do I know who the vets are ?
In the group rules is a up to date list of all approved vets to participate in GVC and the State they practice in.
We screen the vets and check lic before allowing them to post on threads for their safety and members. It also states those that have been approved to post and those to post seldom and those often.

4) Why are only vets allowed to answer questions?
People come here to see a veterinary perspective on issues and questions, not producers, breeders, or others where those opinions are found in many other places on the Internet. In sum, do not just jump in and start answering a question. Do not fill the feed with “noise”. Some people actually save the questions and answers – free vet advice and info is not easily obtained it seems. This is an informational group in a social arena – tough to make it work at times, but we can if we work together.

5) Why was my advice/comments deleted ?
If you are not a DVM (vet) or approved by Deb Haines there is no commenting. This is a veterinary learning site..admins keep threads clear.

6) I was not commenting or giving advice, I was saying what I experienced, why was it deleted ?
We allow no commenting or past experiences shared on pages, unless you are the OP giving more history. This adds to clutter on threads.

7) I have owned goats for years, why can’t I answer questions ?
If not a DVM (vet) you do not comment. This group was created for Veterinarians to have a place of their own. Members come here to hear a vets perspective based on facts/science and experience.

8) Why are we not allowed to pm other members giving advice ?
( PMing instant removal from HVC)
Why would a vet bother to answer if know-it-alls are going to jump in and give false info? There are other groups you can go to – search on “goat” and your options are right there. Remember this is for a vets perspective
Members – if you let us know who is PMing we will remove the offenders and we can keep going forward. Help us keep it clean and vets-only. Help us be courteous to the vets who so freely give of their time and knowledge.
We offer a vet’s perspective to give this important (and life saving) information for the benefit of your goats and, by extension, you. Please respect these efforts with not PMing or accepting PM’s, and inform of us of PM’s so we can remove the offenders who laugh in the face of our guidelines and disrespect everyone here.

9) Why can’t we PM the vets ?
DO NOT PM VETS – it is intrusive and rude.

10) Why has my question not been answered yet ?
Most questions are not an emergency. Usually someone can get back to a question asked in 4 to 8 hours, sometimes much faster, sometimes longer. vets at certain times of year are extremely busy and could be 24 to 48 hours or more before a question is responded to. Time zones matter. Even vets sleep. If it is an “emergency” and no answer is seen for help from a vet fast enough for you, move on to another source. Check frequently for an answer, because if it is an emergency the vet may be delaying care to others to help you. Consider calling a local emergency vet clinic if you can. Members here should not jump in and answer lest it be thought of as being vet advice. Not all vets ID their job in their FB name.

11) I have a Emergency and no vet has answered yet ?
Horse Vet Corner is NOT a 24/7 online veterinary Emergency site…Vets answer questions as their time permits. Remember they have a practice to run, farm calls, emergencies and a life outside of Facebook…..please call a hands on vet if a option in a emergency..DO NOT wait for a vet from HVC.

12) Are these vets licensed ?
Yes, there are real, licensed vets with DVM and other letters after their names answering questions here, some board certified multiple times, and an extension professional with PhD after their name. It is hoped the “knowledge is free” idea can be expanded and more vets participate, even to the point of a weekly live session for a few hours (currently once a month or so). A part of the group’s ability to operate (provide token compensation for vet participation when needed) is provided by Rural Veterinary Outreach, Inc., a 501(c)(3) IRS recognized non-profit whose purpose is delivery of veterinary care to rural areas where vets are not available or not affordable to the owner – Facebook and this group helps that mission.

13) What do the admins do ?
HVC has a large team of admins who scan 24/7 to keep HVC safe from poor advice, nasty comments,spam and making sure you are getting advice from a approved vet..it is a admins job to keep the vets and the members in a safe environment as much as possible. Each member is screen to the best possibility. Admins remove members who refuse to follow the groups rules, Pm other members with advice while on this group, show disrespectful behavior towards vets and members.

14) Who is main Admin ?
Deb Haines is the main admin, please pm all problems , concerns and questions to her. We have many moderators also who scan and removed advice and comments 24/7.

15) What do all the dots mean on the different posts ? and I can’t see comments?
members who have a interest in a certain case will place a dot ( .) in the comment box so they are sent a FB notification when the vets answer the questions…ONLY should a dot be placed if you have a phone with no options. Sometimes if a vet has not reponded yet you will see a post with nothing but member names and dots until a vet has commented. Please delete the dot once it has been posted. You will still be following the post!

16) How do you follow a certain case ?
Video on How to follow the different posts. ( using links from GVC)

17) How do I get to the group files ? ( using links from GVC )
Remember all cells are different, get to know the cell you have…Google how to do FB group files on the cell type you have if link below does not help you.
Video on how to get to all the group files ….

18) How do you do a search on HVC ?
At the very top of the cell there will be a little mag glass icon…type in the line that says Horse Vet Corner and a key word…..example …. Cracked Hoof, or Abscess if asking question about Hoof trouble.

19) What is a Topic Night ? And where are these held ?
Topic Night is a certain night we pick every from time to time to provide the group with a vets perspective on certain topic .Each topic night is announced a month early and posts with details are ran through the group weekly

20) I asked a question , why did i get a posted link from a previous members question ?
HVC gets multiple posts a day of repeat questions…Vets or main admin Deb Haines ( approved by Dr Brown) will copy/paste the appropriate link or similar. There will be times when you will see Deb Haines (Vet Tech) answer certain questions on husbandry or feeding foals , Toxic plants or posts approved by the HVC vets.

21) How do I know it is a real vet responding to my questions ? Deb Haines ( main admin) contacts each individual vet and getting all the information/details before able to participate in HVC…we research making sure all vets are legit and we also check license and if active or not, along with state and type of practice.. we also check for red flags or any concerns. if a risk we will remove from group to prevent posting.

22) Why was I suddenly removed from HVC ?
Disruptive folks are simply deleted. Do not take offense if a post you made suddenly disappears, it is merely housecleaning occurring. If you wish an explanation for a deletion, contact Deb Haines main admin; The HVC admin team keeps track of all members being removed and screen shots taken to keep track and be able to give a explanation.

23) What are grounds for a member to be blocked from HVC ?
Admins will block if……
A) bashing/ disrespecting a vet or another member
B) foul language
c) constantly pushing links to other groups
d) constantly giving advice or commenting
E) spam
F)Removing information without permission
G) PMing other members medical advice

24) Can I ask a vet a question on another members post ?
Yes, you may ask a vet questions on any post as long as you stay on the topic as the OP

25) May I ask the OP questions ?
No, it is not up to members to ask the OP questions or to drill them…The vets will ask the information if needed or the main admin will get any needed for vets a head of time.

26) why does links from another group get deleted ?
A lay person’s advice is everywhere, some of it disguised as “official” when it is merely opinion and most often the opinion of a lay person, not a vet. Be critical in your reading. Ask for proof and hard-core reasoning. Web sites ending in ‘edu’ or “Gov” are often good resources.

These are just some of the questions that are asked numerous times on HVC…I hope this is helpful in covering questions on how Horse Vet Corner functions, and gives you a better understanding. Please remember at all times these vets are volunteers, they are under NO obligation to answer any questions on this group..Vets that are participating are doing this because they care, these vets want to provide you with correct information which is all based on science and facts. This is their perspective when answering the questions. Remember there is NO entitlement here, appreciate the fact that in between running a practice, farm calls, emergency calls, a family and some sleep they offer this service.
Please understand vets are allowed to have a group also, and if you don’t agree then just don’t be part of it…quietly remove yourself……admin
Horse Vet Corner recommends for members to always establish a relationship with a local Vet (if it is an option).

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