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Free and reduced Local Call Visit Call Fees!

Over the last 2 years, our Zone Visits have become increasingly popular and this has enabled the practice to run much more efficiently.

As a result, from 1st December 2016, we shall be passing these savings on to our Clients by reducing our visit fees to local areas.

To qualify for FREE calls you must:

·      Be located within 5 miles of Spring Paddocks

·      Be available for any vet, at any time on your ZONE day

·      Book the appointment in prior to 4pm the day before

·      Pay at the time (unless previously arranged)

Alternatively, for a reduced price of £15.00 (incl. VAT), those living within 5 miles of the clinic will be able to select the week day and vet of their choice.

Please see our Zone Map to see when you Zone day is!

Vaccination reminders by text

We are sending out vaccination reminders by text message.

We feel this will offer you a more efficient service, however if you do not want to receive these texts there is an opt out option or speak to the office and we will of course send you a postcard as before.

Regulations with regard to Prescription Only Medicines

All passports will be required to be checked by the vet or reception to ascertain that your horse has been signed out of the food chain before any drugs can be dispensed.

In order to be prescribed certain drugs (including bute) your horse must be signed out of the food chain, i.e. you must sign section IX "is not intended for human consumption", and have it countersigned by a veterinary surgeon. This has become more important due to the recent horse meat scare and the subsequent enforcing of the law by the governing bodies. Your co-operation is very much appreciated. Trading standards are carry out stop checks on various equine premises.

Controlled/prohibited drugs

There are a number of drugs that are banned for use:

  • in horses possibly intended for human consumption
  • for horses competing under FEI competition rules
  • for race horses racing under Jockey Club/HRA rules.

Horses possibly intended for human consumption

Under the 2005 UK horse passport legislation, there are a number of drugs that cannot be given to a horse unless a declaration that the horse will not be going for human consumption has been made in the ‘medicinal treatment’ section of the passport. If one of the following banned drugs has to be administered, the declaration must be signed at that time:

  • Acepromazine (ACP)
  • Arqual
  • Chloramphenicol (inc eye preparations)
  • Danilon
  • Depomedrone
  • Equipalazone
  • Excenel
  • Grisiofulvin
  • Metronidazole
  • Pentobarbitone
  • Pethadine
  • Prodynam
  • Sedalin
  • Somulose

Horses competing under FEI or Jockey Club/HRA rules

In addition to stringent equine influenza vaccination regulations, there are a number of drugs that must not be detected in the system of a sports horse competing under FEI competition rules or a racehorse racing under Jockey Club / HRA rules. It is the responsibility of the owner to inform the veterinary surgeon if a horse is likely to be competing within the detection time of a particular drug. Banned drugs are listed below together with a guide to the length of time the drug remains detectable in the horse's system when tested in a laboratory. Detection times cannot be guaranteed. New diction procedures are under constant revision.  N.B. detection times should not be confused with withdrawal times, which can vary.

Banned drugs for horses competing under FEI competition rules

Visit the FEI website

Jockey Club/Horse Racing Regulatory Authority banned drugs

The Regulatory role of the Jockey Club was taken over by the Horseracing Regulatory Authority (HRA) in 2006. The HRA Veterinary Department has published new information relating to medication use in racehorses on their website including information relating to stringent equine influenza vaccination regulations and doping control policies and procedures.

Banned drugs are constantly being charged/updated as are detection times and withdrawal times so we no longer list these drugs  so please refer to the HRA website.

Competitions under FEI & Jockey Club Rules

The two main bodies controlling competition horses are the Jockey Club and the Federation Equestre International (FEI). The Jockey Club controls horse racing and the FEI (set up to administer equestrian sports in 1921) controls the following horse sports internationally: showjumping, dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting, reining, para-Olympics and Horse of the Year Show showing classes.

These sports are controlled by the FEI Statutes, General Regulation and specifically Veterinary Regulations. There are also rules and regulations for the disciplines, full details of which are available on the FEI website, the most important of which from a veterinary point of view include certified vaccinations and banned drugs.

Dates for your diary 2017

  • 26th September - Discounted Gastroscopy Clinic
  • 25th October - Evening Talk: Planning for the end
  • November - Dental Discount Month
  • December - date TBC - Christmas Quiz!


Summer 2017

A day in the life of an Equine Vet!

Have you ever wondered what the day of an Equine Vet is like?

Our vet Gemma runs through a couple of days last week in our new blog... emergencies, day to day cases and more!