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Current Advice on Visits (updated 14-04-2020)
Following an update to the guidance given by the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA), which came into effect from 14th April, we are now able to provide a wider range of veterinary services in order to carry out some elective work considered essential to the functioning of the equine industry in addition to performing services necessary to maintain animal welfare and continuing to provide a 24-hour emergency service.
This guidance is based on assessing individual cases on a case-by-case basis in order to provide appropriate care for animals whilst prioritising public health and following government advice on social distancing.
It may still be appropriate in some instances for us make an initial assessment remotely, by video call or by asking you to send us photographs or videos of your horse.
If a visit is needed, we continue to request that wherever feasible a physical distancing of at least 2 meters is maintained, in line with the UK Government ‘social distancing’ protocol. As a guide, the 'average' length of a horse is 2.4 meters.
Before attending will ask you to confirm that you have no symptoms of Covid-19 and that you are not self-isolating.
We would like to stress it is not yet 'business as usual' and we must continue to comply with the latest Government advice at all times.
Please contact the practice if you require advice or to request an essential visit: 01280 313130
We are now able to provide routing vaccination in circumstances where it is possible to manage risk and maintain social distancing.
On 1st April the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) in conjunction with BEVA announced a revision of vaccination guidelines for Equine Influenza in light of the logistical challenges associated with the coronavirus outbreak.
During the remainder of 2020, for a horse to be eligible to compete in Britain it will be necessary for it to have received an approved Equine Influenza vaccination within the last 12 months.
Whilst we appreciate not all events run under BHA rules, the majority of British equestrian organisations follow their lead.
The FEI have yet to issue any statement about their position on vaccination during the current situation.
In line with current BEVA guidance and in the absence of any current competitive equine sport we are continuing to recommend a suspension of 6-monthly booster vaccinations for Influenza.
Please note that if an Influenza booster vaccination is unable to be administered within the 12-month period the course will need to be restarted.
Please contact the practice on 01280 313130 to discuss your individual circumstances.
Routine Reproductive/ Stud Work
We are now able to provide routine reproductive and breeding services for sports horse AI and Thoroughbred breeding where it is possible to manage risk and maintain social distancing.
We will continue to provide post-foaling checks for all postpartum mares and foals.
In all circumstances where practicable 2m physical distancing must be maintained.
We will continue to attend all emergency cases.
Please contact the practice on 01280 313130 if you require urgent veterinary assistance or advice.