Services & Facilities
Ambulatory Services & In House Facilities
Routine Visits and Examinations
We provide a wide range of ambulatory services including vaccinations, pre-purchase examinations, microchipping, castrations, routine and advanced dentistry (including wolf tooth removal, diastemas and molar extractions), lameness and poor performance investigations and treatment of medical conditions for ex. cushings disease or colic. In order to facilitate this we have a full range of portable diagnostic equipment, including endoscopy, radiography and ultrasonography to assist vets with diagnosis.
Any cases deemened necessary can be referred quickly to our equine clinic, for further treatments. We are available to treat all emergencies 24h hours a day 365 days a year.
Regular vaccination of your horse, pony or donkeys is an vital element of care to prevent them from serious, and potentially life-threatening, diseases. Equine flu can affect the upper and lower respiratort tract which can then lead to nasal discharge and a cough. We recommend vaccination to stop your horse from becoming potentially ill, averting the need for him to be isolated. We also recommend vaccination against Tetanus, caused by the bacterium Clostridium tetanii which can be found in soil and droppings. Tetanus enters the body through wounds, particularly puncture wounds if the wound is dirty attacking nerves controlling the muscles of the body. Please be aware that competition horses must have an up to date vaccination record to meet the requirements of many sporting governing bodies.
At the Equine Vet Clinic we recommend 5 stage vettings are carried out by any prospective horse purchasers. After the examination is performed the significance of any findings and any possible adverse implications for the intended use of the horse are reported and discussed with the prosepctive purchaser and then documented in a vetting certificate. A blood sample is taken at the time of examination and stored for 6 months. Should the need arise this sample is then avaiable for future analysis to detect substances present in the horse’s system at the time of the examination that might have masked any factors affecting the horse’s suitability for the purchaser’s intended use. We can carry out pre-purchase vettings on behalf of our registered clients or on behalf of non-registered clients. Please be aware that if the horse to be vetted belongs to a client of the practice we will request the permission of the vendor for full disclosure of any clincial history to the purchaser.
All our vets use mouth gags for safe and thorough oral examination, In addition they all carry a full spectrum of rasps fitted with tungsten carbide blades for efficient and effective rasping. If necessary electric rasping equipment is available. Please advise when booking your appointment if your horse routinely recieves electric rasping. If your horse finds dentist work particlualry stressful the vet will administer intravenous sedation. All routine dentistry and some minor dental surgical techniques can be performed at your premises. Advanced dental procedures, including diastema treatment or molar extractions requiring use of our video oroscope camera will be referred to the clinic. We recommend your horse’s mouth is checked, depending on their age, and dental history every 6 - 12 months.
We treat a spectrum of medical cases including weight loss, cushings disease, metabolic syndrome, liver disease, respiratory problems including chronic coughing, skin disease, sarcoids, colic, neurological disease, eye injuries.
We recommend that clients undertake a Pre Breeding check of their mare. The check includes a CEM swab, EVA blood test, vaginal examination, ultrasound examination of the uterus and ovaries.
AI Services include fresh, chilled or frozen semen. Stud medicine can be carried out at your yard or the clinic. We also undertake management of twins, uterine cysts, subfertile mares, embryo transfer, foal intensive care and orthapedic repair We also engage in neonatal care and regularly carry out post-foaling checks, plasma transfusions, correction of angular and flexor limb deformities and hernia repair.
Event Support & Education
We provide veterinary cover for shows, hunter trials, one- and three-day events, endurance rides, and harness racing. In addition we are available to talk to livery groups, riding and pony clubs about any aspect of horse health and care.
At the Practice
Hospitalisation facilities including isolation facilities
& 10 acres of grazing.
All our inpatients are stabled in a well ventilated stable block and are bedded down on dust free shavings. ( Bedmax)
In addition we have 3 fields to be able to turn out horses when it is beneficial for their care and or treatment plan. Our inpatients are looked after by our on site vet and team of nurses who work closely together ensuring your horse recieved excellent care. Isolation facilities are available for those cases admitted that may be infectious.
Hard & soft lunging arenas for lameness workups
We have a trot up area in order to assess lameness. In addition we have a hard lunging ring and large sand arena, in order to assess and compare your horses’ gait on different types of surface.
Static in-house and mobile radiography
The practice is equipped with both hospital-based and mobile radiography equipment . The equipment uses digital technology producing high quality images that can be manipulated to enhance area of interest. As digital plates are more sensitive this also lowers any exposure to x-rays.
A technique that can be used for a variety of purposes in which deep structures of the body are visualised by recording the reflections of ultrasonic waves directed into the tissues. The procedure is used extensively in lameness investigations for the scanning of tendon and ligament injuries as well as soft tissue swellings. It is also used for examining abdominal structures and is an important diagnostic tool in the investigation of horses with colic, weight loss or diarrhoea. In many cases ultrasound is used to guide the vet in taking safe biopsies of internal structures such as the liver, lungs and kidneys. Ultrasonography is also used when examining the ovaries and uterus of mares reproductive tracts , assessing stage of oestrous cycle and pregnancy diagnosis.
Endoscopy is vital to investigate the upper respiraratory tract of the horse including the pharynx, larynx, trachea and guttural pouches It is commonly used in evaluating horses with poor performance, abnormal respiratory noises or obstructions. The system is linked to a video screen enabling the live images to be viewed by both the vet and the client.
Gastroscopy is used to investigate the horses gastrointestinal tract including the oesophagus, stomach, duodenum, rectum and small colon. Simiar to video endoscopy the system is linked to a video screen enabling the live images to be viewed by both the vet and the client.
The oroscope is used to investigate of your horses mouth providing live images. It is regularly used in treatment of diastema, ulceraltion and molar extractions.
Surgeries are performed under general anaesthesia in our fully equipped equine operating theatre which Includes a bespoke made theatre table, winch from the knock down box to theatre table to the recovery box and full anaesthetic circle. State of the art anaesthetic monitoring equipment is available to the anaesthetists including arterial blood pressure monitoring and ECG machines. All anesthetic procedures are performed by a veterinary surgeon. At the clinic we carry out specialised surgical procedures including video arthroscopy for treatment of joint infections and osteochondrosis, 'tie-backs', hobday surgery for larngeal paralysis, chronic foot pain or hind limb suspensory ligament injurys, hernia repair and surgery to correct foal limb deformity.
In house lab facilities translate into quicker results for you and your horse. There are a number of test we can carry out including routine blood Biochemistry and Haematology, joint fluid testing, total protien testing, liver tests and Worm Egg Counting.
To accurately determine a horses weight for drug dosage and worming. If you would like to have your horse weighed free of charge please contact reception and we will organise a suitable appointment time for you to bring your horse in.
We regularly liase with local farriers in the treatment of lamaness.