CVC Group Rules Q&A

By Deb Haines

1) Where are the group rules kept?

The rules for Chicken Vet Corner are kept as the pinned post.

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 or announcements

3) How do I know who the vets are?

In the group rules is an up to date list of all approved vets to participate in CVC and the State they practice in. We screen the vets and check licenses 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. This does not mean all these vets are always participating, it means they have been approved to post.

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 deleted?

If you are not a DVM (vet) or approved by Dr. Brown or Dr. Pylman there is no commenting. This is a veterinary learning site. Admins keep threads clean of comments that are not from vets or asking follow up questions directed to the vets so members and vets have a clear line of communication.

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 prevents clutter on threads.

7) I have owned chickens and other birds 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.

8) Why are we not allowed to PM other members giving advice? (PMing removal from CVC)

Why would a vet bother to answer if non-vet members are going to jump in and give false info? There are other groups you can go to – search on FaceBook “Chicken” and your options are right there. Remember, member come here 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 lifesaving) 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. PMing vets is grounds for removal.

10) Why has my question not been answered yet?

Most questions are not an emergency. someone can get back to a question asked in 6 to 8 hours, or sometimes longer. Vets at certain times of year are extremely busy and could be 24 hours or 2 days or more, depending on available doctors. During busy seasons longer. 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 an Emergency and no vet has answered yet?

Chicken 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 an option in an emergency. DO NOT wait for a vet from CVC.

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?

CVC has a team of admins who scan 24/7 to keep the group safe from poor advice, nasty comments, spam and make sure you are getting advice from an approved vet. It is an admins job to keep the vets and the members in a safe environment as much as possible. Each member is screened to our best ability. Admins remove members who refuse to follow the group rules, PM other members with advice while on this group, show disrespectful behavior towards vets and members.

14) How do I know who is a CVC admin?

Deb Haines- main admin. Please PM all problems, concerns and questions to her.

Kristina Bakerella Collinsworth (contact if unable to reach Deb Haines

Melanie Maria-Liner (contact if unable to reach Deb Haines

15) What do all the dots mean on the different posts? Why I can’t see comments?

Members who have an 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 a dot should be placed if you have a phone without the ability to turn on notifications on posts. Sometimes if a vet has not responded yet you will see a post with nothing but member names and dots until a vet has commented.

16) How do you follow a certain case?

17) How do I get to the group files?

18) How do you do a search on CVC?

At the very top of the cell there will be a little magnifying glass icon. Type in the line chicken vet corner and a key word. Example: “Bumblefoot” to find information on prior posts containing that search word.

19) What is a Topic Night? Where are these held?

Topic Night is a certain night we pick when time permits to provide the group with a vet’s perspective on specific topics and more. 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 member’s question?

CVC gets multiple posts a day of repeat questions. Vets or main admin Deb Haines (approved by Dr. Brown or Dr. Pylman) will copy/paste the appropriate link or similar.

21) How do I know it is a real vet responding to my questions?

Deb Haines (main admin) contacts each individual vet getting all the information/details before they are able to participate in CVC. We research making sure all vets are legit and we also check licenses 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 CVC?

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 please contact Deb Haines, main admin. The CVC admin team keeps track of all members being removed with screen shots taken to be able to give an explanation.

23) What are grounds for a member to be blocked from CVC?

Admins will block for bashing/disrespecting a vet or another member, foul language, constantly pushing links to other groups, constantly giving advice or commenting, spam, stealing information, etc.

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 for additional information if needed or the main admin will get any needed additional information for vets a head of time.

26) Why do links from other groups 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’ are often good resources.

These are just some of the questions that are asked numerous times on CVC. I hope this is helpful in covering questions on how Chicken 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

Please do not remove this information. This belongs to Chicken Vet Corner. This is written and property of Deb Haines