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Newsletter Winter 2019

Team News

Daniel Richardson

We are delighted to welcome Daniel Richardson to the clinic. Dan qualified from Glasgow Vet school this year and is already proving to be a great asset to the team.

Caroline Marwick

We know you will be as excited as we are to welcome Caroline back to work following maternity leave.

The Beast race and EGS

The Beast Race 2019 was a success. 20 odd obstacles and 10km in the rain and in Loch Ness!  Our veterinary and stable team raised over £500 for Equine Grass Sickness. Thank you to everyone who sponsored us and supported us to achieve this.

Client Club

Dr Graham Hunter held our first winter client club event recently.  He presented “What is the lameness locator and what does it tell us?  New treatments for lame horses”.  It was very well attended and we had some excellent feedback.

Dr Lindsay Henry recently presented her talk 'Winter wonderland & the welfare of our horses' at the Muir Hub, Muir of Ord. The event was fully booked and all our clients had an enjoyable evening.

Our next client club event will be on Monday 20th January and is entitled  “If only they could talk – key things you need to know about equine behaviour” with Dr Pippa Peacock. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more info!

Did you know?

These events are free but spaces are limited so contact us to book a space. We look forward to welcoming you along!

Winter Worming

This past month we have been busy in our in-practice laboratory completing lots of faecal worm egg counts (FWEC), which we have then been reporting to our clients with appropriate worming advice. As we begin to progress through autumn and the winter approaches, we would like to share our current worming advice as well as update you all on some new tests that are available!

We currently recommend that you complete a FWEC prior to worming your horse, which can detect adult worms in your horse’s sample. Completing a FWEC has many benefits including reducing resistance to worming products, as it targets only those horses which have a high worm burden. This can also help to reduce costs of using multiple worming products throughout the year. We advise that you carry out a FWEC on all horses every 3 months, and from the results of these we can then provide a tailor made plan to each individual horse.

When using a worming product, it is important that you dose your horse according to an accurate weight, which you can do by using a weight tape or, even better, by bringing your horse into the clinic and using our weigh bridge for free!

We also offer tapeworm saliva tests, which measure the antibodies to tapeworm in your horse's saliva and give an indication to whether worming for tapeworm is needed or not. Testing is cost effective as we only treat the horses that need it, reducing the development of resistant worms and unnecessary treatments, as well as being environmentally friendly.

We can now provide a new blood test for encysted red worms, which again can reduce the need to use a worming product as well as provide a useful diagnostic tool in potential clinical cases. We would advise that this test is carried out between September and December to indicate whether worming for encysted red worms is required.

Important Changes as of 1st January 2020

We regret to inform you we will no longer be accepting personal cheques.

Payment can be made by cash, debit and credit cards or BACS transfer:

Account 12724219

Please always use the reference - “39 your surname and part of your horse’s name”.

Payments by cheque from insurance companies will still be accepted.

Change to Saturday opening hours

As of the new year the clinic will be open from – 8:00am until 12:00pm.

As always, outside of these hours, the vet on call can be contacted by phoning the practice.