Can my horse’s routine dental care be carried out?
Yes – but this will require risk assessment and due to the need to maintain safe working practises SEDATION will be mandatory (if required).
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.
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.
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. Leading equine insurers have assured the British Equine Veterinary Association that policies will continue to be honoured in circumstances such as delays in annual boosters being administered or treatment plans not being completed prior to 12 months cover ending, directly resulting from COVID-19 restrictions. Please check directly with your insurance company for specifics.
Can mares be scanned to see if they're in foal?
Yes – we will risk assess this – but generally we are now able to perform fertility work, AI and other services.
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 advise on social distancing and hand washing to keep our vets safe.
Can my horse receive it's vaccinations?
Yes. Please contact the practice to arrange an appointment and instructions on how we will keep you and our staff safe to enable us to carry out this treatment for your pet.