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Current Advice on Visits (updated 26-02-2021)
Following an update to the guidance provided by the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) on 6th January 2021, we are able to carry out a wide range of non-essential veterinary activities necessary to support horse welfare and the horse industry in a Covid-safe fashion, in addition to providing emergency treatment.
Prior to a visit taking place, a risk assessment will be carried out. Where a visit is appropriate, 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 2020 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.
Until further notice, 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.