Newsletter – January 2017

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Flu & Tetanus Amnesty 2017

    The vaccination amnesty has been so successful in previous years, therefore we have decided to offer it again.  This year the amnesty will run throughout February and March and be available to unvaccinated horses who are over 12 months of age or those whose vaccination has lapsed by more than 3 months.

We will be offering the amnesty on  the combined Influenza/Tetanus vaccine as well as the Tetanus only, so you can decide which is most appropriate for your horse.

Q Why Vaccinate? 

INFLUENZA is a highly infectious viral disease which affects the upper respiratory tract and lungs. It is widespread throughout the equine population and spread by direct horse-to-horse contact, via contaminated people, tack or feed and is airborne spreading up to 5km in favourable conditions.

Following a bout of flu horses will need complete rest for a prolonged period and they may develop secondary complications which require further rest and long term treatment.

   TETANUS is an extremely unpleasant disease to witness and is usually fatal. A horse does not need to leave home to be at risk of picking up tetanus.  A small puncture wound can be all that is required for the bacteria to enter.  In most cases the disease proves fatal, attempted treatment is likely to be intensive, prolonged and extremely costly.

Over the past couple of years we have seen an increased number of Equine Influenza cases being diagnosed in neighbouring counties. We strongly recommend that all passports are checked to ensure your horse’s vaccination status is current.

Amnesty offer:

Influenza & Tetanus combined:

£50.00 for 1st and 2nd injections*

Tetanus only:

£35.00 for 1st and 2nd injections

*The primary Influenza course requires a 3rd injection, approximately 6 months after the second. (This is not included in the offer.)

Please note—Visit fees apply, don’t forget to ask about our reduced Zone Visit fees.

Practice News


 We would like to thank Dr Georgina Crossman  for talking to us about her time in Rio for the 2016 Paralympics—We had a great night and it was super to see so many of you there!

Our next three talks will all be held in our new meeting room at Charter Veterinary Hospital, Roundswell and we do ask that you reserve a place as seating is limited.




Laminitis is a crippling condition that affects a growing number of horses, ponies and donkeys in our area. Our talk aims to explain how laminitis develops, why we are seeing more of it and most importantly, how we can prevent it.

We will touch on the subjects of Equine Cushing’s Disease and Equine Metabolic Syndrome but also focus on how to manage those problematic good-doers. Come and join us for an evening of presentations, discussions and food!


Protecting Your Horse From Disease

There are many current and new diseases that our horses may be exposed to. This talk will explore the main ones, explaining the effects, treatments and best practices to avoid them.  A new Biosecurity Programme to assess your yard and help develop best practices will also be demonstrated.


Respiratory Disease—’Equine Asthma’

Up to date information on equine inflammatory airway disease, previously know as RAO/ COPD etc!  A representative from HAYGAIN will also be available to give information on hay steamers and nebulizers, as well as a discount available for the purchase of a steamer.

New Equipment—Shockwave and Laser

We have recently purchased a neoVET Focal Shockwave Therapy Device which brings together the latest advances in Shockwave technology. 

The device is used primarily for equine tendon and ligament injuries, back pain, caudal foot pain and some bony related conditions.

A shockwave is a pressure wave which is generated in a fluid medium inside a transducer head. These shockwaves can then be focused to the precise area and depth of injury through skin, fat and muscle.  Clinical effects include increasing blood supply, regenerating soft tissue, reducing pain and promoting faster healing.

Treatment of Sarcoids and Melanomas:

Our new Surgical Laser provides a significant improvement in how we treat the age old problem of sarcoids and melanomas.  This is exciting as previously there have been very few treatment options available to treat melanomas.

A surgical laser cuts through skin and soft tissues, just like a scalpel blade, sealing small blood vessels instantly. The laser vaporises the tissue it cuts which has the effect of killing off potential cancerous cells around the margins of the tumour, thus preventing contamination of the surrounding healthy tissues.  Advantages of the laser include a single treatment (in comparison to creams), rapid healing times, good cosmetic results and most importantly low recurrence rates.  Early intervention provides the best rates of success when treating of   sarcoids and melanomas.  Treatment with the Surgical Laser is not suitable for all cases.  The Surgical Laser also provides endoscopic treatment of uterine cysts in broodmares and Upper Respiratory conditions in   Racehorses and Sports Horses.


Please be advised that from 1st February 2017 we will run our client invoices twice monthly. This change has become necessary due to the sheer volume of invoices predominantly produced.  Our current payment terms are 28 days from date of invoice and will remain the same.


Newsletter – January 2017

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