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Find out about equine services
We undertake all aspects of first opinion equine work including vaccination, pre-purchase examination (vetting), dental care, and general health care. We also handle emergency call-outs, 24 hours a day.
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A full 5-stage examination is necessary to declare a horse 'sound' and insurers expect to see such a certificate if they are covering for veterinary fees or if the value of the horse is high. This examination assesses heart and lungs, gait and flexion tests, a period of strenuous exercise and a further examination following rest and a full foot exam. Just as a surveyor inspects a house before it is bought, we recommend that a horse be thoroughly examined before purchase.
Some purchasers only require the shorter 2 stage examination which is thorough but limited in scope, and it is not possible to assess adequately the heart, respiratory system and limbs. We will however perform whichever examination the purchaser requests. Please contact the surgery for more details or to book a PPE.
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