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Did you know a new law affecting horse owners was introduced in October 2018?

From October 2020, it will be compulsory for all owners to microchip their horses, ponies and donkeys in the hope that it will help prevent abuse and improve welfare.

Mandatory microchipping should make it easier for local authorities to track down the owners of dumped horses and deliver appropriate punishment. It is a decision that has been made in response to the release of figures by the RSPCA earlier this year, detailing nearly 1,000 cases of abandoned equines they dealt with in 2017 – the vast majority of which were not microchipped.

It should also go some way to help reunite lost or stolen horses with their owners too. The Government has introduced this new regulation now, offering a two-year window for owners to become compliant before the law changes in 2020.

Microchipping a horse is a procedure that can only be undertaken by a vet.  However, Torch Equine Vets consider it to be a routine procedure and therefore you can book your horse in under our Zone Visit Scheme.

We cover the region on three set days as detailed in the map below. Take advantage of your zone visit day with a reduced callout fee of £20, which can be shared between multiple clients at the same location and becomes free of charge for bookings of more than four horses. 

The Zone Visit Scheme is also applicable for other routine appointments such as vaccinations, routine dentistry care and sedation for clipping for example.

Zone Visit appointments must be pre-booked by 1pm the day before.

Visit our website torchequinevets.com for more information or give our team a call on 01271 879516 to find out more.


It was fantastic to catch up with so many familiar faces this summer across the local agricultural shows we attended, and great to see so many clients out and about competing and enjoying the wonderful weather.

Victoria Simpson’s ‘Pete’ was the lucky winner of the Torch Equine Vets rug giveaway, here he is modelling it beautifully!

Thanks to everyone who took part and congratulations Victoria and Pete.


Find out a bit more about the fantastic Torch team! 

This time, we chat to Bekki Welch, one of our Registered Veterinary Nurses based at Torch Equine Vets, Mullacott.

Q: How long have you been working for Torch Equine? 4 years

Q: Do you have any pets? Four working dogs (Labradors, a Springer and a Cocker) and a fat rescue cat called Lily.

Q: What do you enjoy doing on your days off?

 Walking the dogs, enjoying the countryside or just relaxing with Lily on the sofa

Q. What’s your fondest childhood memory?

My dad and uncle taking the tractors up to the local banger racing track to pull off any cars that got stuck – me and my sister used to go every weekend and sit in the tractors with them, we used to have such a fun day and we had the best view of the track!

I have two cats – a grumpy, middle-aged, silver tabby, and a mischievous ginger kitten whose antics make us laugh.

Q. What made you want to work with horses? 

I grew up with horses on the family farm and have always enjoyed being around them. Working for Torch gives me the perfect balance of horses, farm and small animals!

Q. What would you do if you won the lottery? 

Buy a nice house in the countryside and have lots of dogs. Oh and make sure my family were financially sorted too!

Q. What’s your favourite local restaurant? 

The Hunters Inn, Newton Tracey!


We welcome new vet Brian McCreesh to the Torch Equine Vets team. 

Hailing originally from Northern Ireland, Brian joins us after recently graduating from the Royal Veterinary College. Brian’s interest in equine medicine developed throughout university and he enjoys all aspects of equine veterinary work. 

He is also a keen racegoer and regularly attends meetings. Welcome, Brian! 

It’s a boy!

Congratulations go to Torch Director Paul Jarvis and his wife Harriet on the latest addition to their family. 

Baby Joe arrived safely on 2 August 2018. He joins his sister in requesting a pony!

Paul and Harriet would like to extend their thanks to everyone for the kind wishes and gifts.


It rained and it poured for the finals of the North Devon Schools Show Jumping League but the schools of North Devon did themselves proud with a super day of competition produced by a talented army of show jumpers. 

Congratulations go to each and every team for their determination and fantastic achievements. The winners of the overall team supreme championship were South Molton College and pictured here is a team member, Jessica Cumings with Polly. 

It was touch and go as to whether Jessica and Polly would be able to compete as the mare unfortunately developed an eye infection shortly before the event. 

Thanks to a quick diagnosis and treatment plan from our vet Jennifer Rodliff, which was diligently followed by Jessica, Polly was clear to compete. 

And what a result – she not only helped the team achieve brilliant results but finished individually in 8th place too! 

Please note!

From November 2017, the surcharge incurred for invoice payments made later than the stated 28 day period will increase from 2.5% to 3.5%.