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COVID-19 Update Farm & Equine

Please see our latest client guidelines below

Equine Client Advice

We are open and have resumed services with social distancing measures in place.

Our preferred payment method is via our website or by card.

Due to the ways of working we have had to adopt to keep our staff, you and your animals safe, things are taking us a bit longer, reducing the number of horses we can see in a day. Please bear with us while we continue to prioritise appointments and operations, and offer video or telephone consults for some cases.

  • Horses and Covid-19
  • Vaccinations
  • Dentals
  • Mare Scans
  • Foot care
  • Repeat Prescriptions
  • Time to Say Goodbye
  • Insurance

Horses and Covid-19

Can my horse get COVID-19?

There is currently no evidence that a horse or pony can suffer from or transmit COVID-19. The World Health Organisation continues to monitor the latest research on this and other COVID-19 topics. Please note this position is subject to change.

Vaccinations

Can my horse receive their flu vaccination?

No. All flu vaccines including 6-monthly boosters are currently halted until further notice. If your horse needs vaccinating against a particular disease in a high-risk area (e.g. Tetanus or Herpes), your vets will risk-assess on as case-by-case basis to decide whether to vaccinate. Please note discussions are being held with equine sport regulatory bodies to try and relax the 365-day rule on annual vaccinations.

Dentals

Can my horse’s routine dental care be carried out?

No. Routine rasping/floating will be postponed. However, if your horse suddenly stops eating, starts quidding or has a painful head/jaw, they will be seen under emergency and welfare guidance. Any work done will be done under sedation to allow social distancing to be maintained.

Mare Scans

Can mares be scanned to see if she is in foal?

Routine stud/reproductive work raises particular questions. The main question being is this essential for animal welfare. Foalings and sick foals will be attended to as normal, but there is no guidance from the RCVS, BEVA, BVA or any of our regulatory bodies on routine reproductive work. Implications for stopping breeding totally have consequences far beyond the veterinary industry and discussions with regulatory bodies are ongoing. Please contact us directly for the most up-to-date information on this.

Foot care

Can I get my horse’s feet trimmed or shoed?

The Farriers Registration Council confirmed on Tuesday 24 March that its farriers can continue to provide essential services to equines, using their judgement as to matters of priority and/or urgency, with appropriate social distancing, hand washing and equipment cleaning. Many are using a traffic light system for assessing essential care. Routine shoeing should be delayed for three weeks. Please check with your vet if special remedial shoes are fitted, as it may be necessary to reshoe within the current period. Please note this position is subject to change.

Repeat Prescriptions

Can I get repeat prescriptions?

Yes. It would be required normally that an animal is seen every six months to allow us to write the prescription for you. As this would not be deemed essential contact, the prescription is likely to be issued subsequent to a video or a phone call.

Time to Say Goodbye

Can I be there to say goodbye, if my horse needs to be put to sleep?

Yes. You can be close to your horse whilst adhering to government advice on social distancing and hand washing to keep our vets safe.

Insurance

Will my horse insurance be affected if my horse can’t get their routine care?

Insurance companies are reviewing their policies regarding routine care to reflect the current period and reasonable adjustments. Please check directly with your insurance company for specifics.

If you still have questions that weren't covered above, please contact us directly.

Farm Client Advice

We are working. Our staff and vets triage each job and a risk assessment is conducted at the time of making the appointment and on arrival of our vets at your premises. It is vitally important to both you and our staff that we observe the 2-metre (“length of a cow”) social spacing while we work together.

We request your patience in these difficult times as due to the ways of working we have had to adopt, the usual process of making an appointment and completing a call on farm are taking us a bit longer.

Farm FAQs

Can I collect medicines from the practice?

Yes, when they have been pre-ordered. Due to limited staff availability, try to phone a minimum 48-hours’ ahead. You will be advised at this time on our current pick-up protocol. Ring us as early as possible to add to existing orders or if necessary while you are sitting in your vehicle at our premises.

Which call out types are you still doing?

Each case will be dealt with individually. Our farm vets may be able to give telephone or video calling advice that allows you to carry out the treatment required. The use of photographs or short video clips sent to the vets can help with this. Please ring the practice with any enquiries.

Are there any special requirements when the vet arrives at my premises?

Yes. Staff will ask if anybody on your farm/premises is self-isolating, has COVID-19 symptoms etc. We must minimise risk of transmission when on farm by observing the 2-metre social distance rule. A single farm staff member to assist vets when on farm - there may be exceptional circumstances where more help is required, but our vets will risk assess this when on your premises.

Are you still TB testing?

Yes. We are following current APHA guidelines on TB testing during the Covid-19 outbreak. It may be necessary to leave some animals untested (between 42 and 180 days) if we are unable to maintain adequate social distancing and test them safely. Further advice is available from the practice.

Are you still doing Red Tractor inspections?

We are following the Red Tractor guidelines. Please check www.redtractor.org.uk for further guidance and updates. If you have any concerns, contact the practice and/or Red Tractor for advice.

Can I vaccinate my livestock?

Yes, we will continue to supply vaccines for you to administer. We ask you to plan ahead, allowing wherever possible more than the standard 48 hours.

If you still have questions that weren't covered above, please contact us directly.