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TORCH EQUINE VETS and the ‘new normal’

The last few weeks have certainly been a trying time for all and a steep learning curve for us. Thank you to all our loyal clients for being so understanding during these unprecedented times.
As we enter the next phase of the easing of lockdown, and with the return of horseracing and provisional dates from other equestrian sports, we too feel able to return to something like normality. Our full team of vets are now back up and running and we are once again able to perform all of our examinations and treatments whilst protecting our staff and clients by maintaining Covid19 safety protocols.  In some cases, mild sedation may be required for routine dental work to allow us to follow the guidelines but this will be assessed on a case by case basis.

We are also pleased to be running our Equine Zone Visit Scheme again. The scheme, which offers reduced call out fees on
pre-determined days across all areas, is for pre-booked routine work. 

This map illustrates your ‘zone day’; please let us know by 1pm on the preceeding day if you would like to book a zone visit.

We would like to wish our clients all the very best for what we hope will be a slightly more ‘normal’ time this summer, in which to enjoy getting out and about with your horses.

As the 2020 breeding season is well underway, our vets have been busy scanning, inseminating and foaling mares and collecting from stallions as well as checking over many happy healthy foals. 

As some of you are still eagerly awaiting your new arrivals it is important to prepare for the big occasion. Familiarising yourself with the normal foaling process and post foaling care is important. Knowing when to call the vet at the right time will ensure you can relax and enjoy the experience.

Rest assured our vets and support staff are only at the other end of the telephone 24/7 for any emergencies.

If you have any questions on pregnant mare management, post-foaling management or breeding from your mare, please feel free to call the clinic to chat to one of our vets.

Coming Soon! A new practice in Holsworthy

We are pleased to confirm that plans are underway to open a new Torch practice on Neet Way in Holsworthy Industrial Estate. 

With an expected opening in July (keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates..) the new branch will provide easy access to pick up medicines, drop off samples or worm egg count packs and speak to our friendly team in person (once Covid-19 restrictions are further eased – for now they’d still love to talk to you on the phone!) 

Watch this space for more information! 

In fine form!

It was great to hear from Torch Equine client Holly Teape with an update on how her horse Dolly, recently treated by vet Nathalie, is coming along. We love to hear updates on recent patients and enjoy hearing about their renewed vigour for life.

In Holly’s own words…

“Just a little note to say thank you! Nathalie treated Dolly for back pain back in the summer and we were all sceptical to see if Dolly would ever jump again, but in the end we got there. At the end of 2019 we took her to her first show back and it took her quite a while to realise that it wasn’t going to hurt anymore. We took her to jump a 70cm course to help her gain confidence. Since then you will be pleased to know that she has come back better than ever and is jumping back up to 105cm.

Our proudest moments so far have been winning the Blue Chip Discovery Championship Qualifier and also qualifying for the Bronze League Winter Championship Final. We qualified for gaining points since October until January where we placed within the top 10 in the south-west. A massive thank you for all your help!”


Our nursing team have been kept very busy processing all of the recent fecal egg count samples that have come back to us. 

Thank you to everyone on the Total Equine Health Care Plan and Total Worming Programme for getting your samples back  to us in person or via the post. 

We can process any samples, regardless of whether you are taking advantage of our healthcare plans or not. We can post the kits out to you – just drop us a line if you would like one to be sent.

Results will be sent out with veterinary reports and advice from our clinicians on which, if any, treatment is recommended. 

You can find more information on all of our preventative healthcare initiatives on our website: torchequinevets.com

Torch Team News

We are delighted to announce that vet Jennifer Rodliff gave birth to a bouncing baby boy, Wendell Ruppert Rodliff, on Tuesday 24 March.

Mum, dad, baby and Sonny the dog are all doing really well. 

What’s been happening during lockdown?

We were pleased to be able to ‘do our bit’ during the recent Covid19 crisis by donating hand santizing gel to the North Devon District Hospital. Our small animal team at Charter Vets also had two ventilators on standby for use, both of which have thankfully not been needed so far. 

But whilst restrictions have been in place on our non-emergency clinical work, our vets have still been an  active bunch! 

Becky has been busy moving house but also managed to complete the ‘Vets for NHS’ online CPD.

Caroline has had her hands full whilst on furlough with family homeschooling duties.

And Brian went lambing in Yorkshire.

Meanwhile, Nathalie put the time to very good use and has been studying hard towards her Advanced Certificate in Equine Imaging. 

This will give her specialist knowledge in radiography, ultrasonography and advanced imaging modalities such as MRI and scintigraphy. 

We are incredibly proud to report she has passed her first set of exams with distinction.

…whilst Paul and Martin have been doing the odd bit of work here and there, holding the fort…!