24-hour Emergency service

We provide a dedicated-on call service 24 hours a day for 365 days of the year.  There is always a vet at the end of the line should you need advice or require an emergency call out outside of our office opening hours. We share our out of hours service with a group of local vets that form the Essex Equine Vets co-operative so there are always two vets on call each weeknight and weekend. If you have an emergency, please call our office on 01245 346904 and select the option for an equine emergency in order to be diverted to the vet on call.

Castrations

We can carry out routine castration of colts at your premises or at our clinic. The majority of our castration procedures are carried out with standing sedation and local anaesthetic. In some instances, it may be necessary for the procedure to be carried out under a short general anaesthetic if the horse isn’t well handled/very nervous or they are miniature horses/Shetlands (too low to the ground for surgical access when standing). It is always important to check that both your horse’s testicles have descended prior to booking a castration. We can check this for you at routine appointment such as at their vaccination. As a rule, most horses can be castrated at 1-3 years of age. If one or more testicles does not descend or becomes retained within the abdomen, we can discuss the options with you as this makes the procedure more complicated, requiring a general anaesthetic and exploration to find the un-descended testicle(s) and a hospital stay.

Further information on the procedure can be found in our information for owners section of our website.

Wen run two castration clinics in the Spring of every year at the clinic to offer the procedure at a reduced price. We usually have vet students helping with these procedures, so we ask that you are patient with us if you book on one of these days. Further information on these days is usually available on our Facebook page or contact the office for availability.

We also work with the BEVA trust education and welfare clinics (in conjunction with the BHS) in the south of England. If you are eligible for this, further information on when and where these clinics are can be found on the BEVA website https://www.beva.org.uk/BEVA-Trust/UK-Projects and the British Horse Society (BHS) https://www.bhs.org.uk/our-work/welfare/our-campaigns/healthcare-and-education-clinics

Dentistry

We provide a full service to clients for routine dentistry and more complex cases. Routine dentistry and examinations can be conducted at your yard as a part of our free zone visit service.

We conduct a full oral examination and provide you with a dental chart for reference of any problems associated with the teeth and any future recommendations. We take great care in our approach when using motorised equipment and would encourage owners to opt for sedation for routine dental work and examinations. This enables us to conduct the most thorough examination of all the teeth using a dental mirror. The horse’s head is rested on a head stand for the duration of the procedure and relevant treatment(s) using both our motorised and hand tools/equipment are carried out as appropriate. This makes the whole process a much safer and calm experience for you, your horse and us. Further information on dentistry can be found in our information for owner’s section of our website.

Horses that require more complex treatments such as tooth extractions, drainage of the sinuses and x-rays of the teeth/sinuses can be treated at our clinic.

We regularly attend continued professional development courses to make sure we are up to date in our approach to the examination and treatment of routine to advanced dental cases. We work closely with the Equine Dental Clinic (https://equinedentalclinic.co.uk/) on more complex cases by providing an in-house referral service with them at regular times throughout the year.

Endoscopy

We can carry out endoscopic examination of the respiratory tract, stomach, teeth, uterus or bladder. This involves the use of a specialised camera which can be passed into these regions. A full examination of the upper respiratory tract can help to identify abnormalities of the upper airway at rest and during exercise. For horses with suspected lung diseases our endoscopes can be used to examine the lower airway and obtain fluid samples from the lungs to identify inflammatory or infectious lung diseases. Gastroscopy (endoscopy of the stomach) can be conducted here at our clinic or at your yard for horses with suspected equine gastric ulcer syndrome or investigation of recurrent colic/inflammatory bowel conditions. Dental endoscopy is extremely useful for complex dental cases when a more detailed examination of the teeth and mouth is required. Finally, endoscopy can be utilised to aid in the diagnosis of conditions affecting the bladder and uterus as well as to obtain biopsy samples.
Further information can be found in our client information area.

Euthanasia

The most difficult subject for any horse owner and something we all find difficult to talk about. We are on hand to offer advice and guidance throughout this process should you find yourself in this difficult situation. We work closely with two local equine crematoriums and can arrange this service for you after the vet has attended your horse. All our staff have attended bereavement training at Resting Horses to make sure we can guide you through this difficult decision. Contact details for both Roe Green Pet Crematorium and Resting Horses can be found below:

http://www.rowgreen.co.uk/HorsePonyCremations.html

https://www.restingpets.co.uk/cremation-services/horse-cremation-services/

Further advice can also be found via Our Special Friends charity: http://www.ourspecialfriends.org/ or the British horse society Friends at the end initiative http://www.bhs.org.uk/our-work/welfare/our-campaigns/friends-at-the-end who aim to make sure that no horse owner has to face the loss of their equine companion alone.

Euthanasia and the BEVA guidelines

In certain emergency situations it may be that for the prevention of severe suffering and for the horse’s welfare that they are put to sleep immediately at the time of initial veterinary examination. This is defined by the British Equine Veterinary association as when “the insured horse sustains an injury or manifests an illness or disease that is so severe as to warrant immediate destruction to relieve incurable and excessive pain and that no other options of treatment are available to that horse at that time”

In these situations, the vet can advise you if this may apply or whether prior permission from your horse’s insurance company is required when making claims for death. Further information on when these guidelines apply can be found at the BEVA website: https://www.beva.org.uk/Portals/0/Documents/ResourcesForVets/Humane%20Destruction.pdf

Export Certification

Should you need to travel you horse within the EU or to a third country we can provide pre-export checks and certification for this purpose. There are different requirements for each country or those that are inside/outside the EU so we always advise owners to check with their transporter or on the government website https://www.gov.uk/guidance/export-horses-and-ponies-special-rules for guidance if they are unsure which export papers they require.

Owners are required to advise the APHA (Animal health and plant agency) of their export requirements and the vet to which their export documentation is sent prior to the veterinary examination. We are happy to help and advise you through the process if you are unsure.

Horses are required to be examined 24-48 hours before export, so we just ask that owners make sure to book appointments in advance for this, so we can make sure there is ample time to submit all documentation and conduct the pre-export examination. There are requirements for blood sampling and appropriate vaccinations/preventative veterinary treatments for some countries, so we always ask that you check the requirements and that there is enough time to schedule any tests/treatments required by your destination country.

Free Zone Visit Scheme

We run a free zone visit scheme on Monday, Tuesday and Friday every week. Check out the map to see which day of the week we are in your area. On these days you don’t incur the visit fee and only pay for veterinary treatment given. These visits must be booked and paid for at least 24 hours in advance of the visit. In order to make these visits as economical as possible for you and us, we arrange the visit times and text you your time the day before your visit. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate any time requests. These visits can be booked for the following services:

  • Vaccinations
  • Passports and Microchips
  • Routine dental examinations
  • Strangles blood samples
  • Follow up appointments for repeat blood samples such as ACTH samples for Cushing’s can be accommodated on these days for half the visit fee.

In-patient care

We have five large loose boxes at our clinic to accommodate horses in for veterinary treatment. All in-patient stables have CCTV cameras in them for continuous monitoring as required. For patients requiring fluid therapy (a drip) our stables are equipped with facilities to provide this. Our on-site vets are here to make sure that your horse receives the best care. Owner are more than welcome to come and visit their horses between the hours of 9am – 4pm, we just ask that you report to reception upon arrival.

Lameness examinations

Here at our clinic we can conduct detailed examinations of your horse on our hard trot up area and in the ménage. We also regularly examine horse’s whilst ridden in order to pick up subtle poor performance issues or to observe unwanted behaviours. We can arrange a rider at your request for poor performance investigations. Our Vet’s will perform a series of nerve blocks or joint blocks (diagnostic local anaesthesia) in order to identify the specific area(s) that are causing the lameness. Radiography (x-ray) and/or Ultrasound examination of the affected areas can then be conducted at our clinic. In some cases, a lameness examination can take longer than anticipated with complex problems. We aim to keep our clients informed every step of the way so that the investigation and treatment meets your needs. Further information can be found in our fact sheets area.

Referrals for more advanced imaging such as MRI scans, bone scans (scintigraphy) and CT-scans are arranged as appropriate to the case. We work closely with the Royal Veterinary College Equine hospital and The Bell Equine Hospital in order arrange these imaging referrals.

http://www.bellequine.co.uk/

https://www.rvc.ac.uk/equine-vet/hospital-and-specialists

Radiography

We can conduct a full digital radiography service in the comfort of your horse’s stable or here at our clinic. X-ray examination can be conducted as part of a lameness investigation, pre-purchase examination, foot balance for remedial farriery, dental and sinus disorders, neck pain and back pain. We’ll make sure you’re guided through the process every step of the way. Images are made available to owners along with the discharge instructions, so they can be kept for reference. If we are taking x-rays at your yard/ in your horse’s stable, then we ask that everyone at the yard is made aware of this. We bring warning signs to make sure there is no inadvertent exposure of other individuals. Our vets carry appropriate lead lined protective gowns for owners to wear during these examinations. For your safety we ask that no one under the age of 18 or pregnant mothers are present when x-rays are being taken.

Stud work and artificial insemination

We provide a comprehensive AI package for fresh and chilled semen. This can either be conduced at your yard or you mare can stay in the clinic for this service. Further details below. We are also here 24/7 365 days of the year for any foaling emergencies should you need us.

Chilled Artificial Insemination (AI) package
Chilled semen (up to 2 cycles) – £540 inc VAT

  • Ultrasound scans up to 18 days pregnancy
  • Endometrial swabs
  • Post covering treatments
  • Oxytocin and uterine lavage
  • Hcg/Ovuplant/Deslorelin (ovulatory agents).
  • Prostaglandin
  • Semen examination and storage

Subsequent chilled semen cycles – £310 inc VAT

If artificial insemination has to be abandoned due to the results of an initial ultrasound scan/significant problem occurs then a fee of only £90 inc VAT is payable.

Livery fees
£25 per day inc VAT.

This includes bedding, hay and hard feed such as “happy hoof.” Should you require any special feeds/supplements then please bring these with you.

Visit fees
These will depend on your area. Please call the office if you require visits. The first visit is full price. Then subsequent visits are charged at half price.

What’s not included?
Sedation if required for scanning. Other items such as unrelated conditions; vaccinations; insurance examinations; lameness examinations/treatment or otherwise unrelated to breeding.

Payment
Fees are paid for up front at the start of treatment which will attract a 5% discount. Otherwise they will be charged in the usual way to your account and invoices sent out at the earliest convenience after treatment.

Frozen semen
We regret to say that we are currently unable to offer frozen semen packages at present. We are hoping to add this service very soon. Check back here for updates.

Surgery

Our fully equipped surgical theatre and knock down box enable us to provide a comprehensive service for all routine surgeries where a general anaesthetic is required. Patients are usually admitted the day before surgery to allow ample time for them to settle in a new environment. There are CCTV cameras in all our in-patient stables as well as on-site vets, so we can monitor all horses very closely. Orthopaedic surgeries such as arthroscopy (joint investigations) for bone/cartilage fragment removal as well as soft tissue surgeries e.g. laser sarcoid surgery are regularly performed at our facilities. We work with specialists in their various fields in order to make sure our patients receive the best possible care.
All horses are monitored very closely under general anaesthetic at our clinic. This includes ECG and blood pressure monitoring throughout the procedure. All horses receive intravenous fluids (a drip) for the duration of each procedure. Our padded knock down box with CCTV monitoring provides a safe and quiet environment for horses to recover post-surgery. Owners are more than welcome to visit their horses after surgery between the hours of 9-4pm, we just ask that you report to reception beforehand.