It's that time of year again, the 185th Rutland Show will be held on Sunday 4th June and we will be there again to enjoy all that it offers!  Vets William Bevin, Chris Booth and Catriona Laird will be providing veterinary cover on the day.  We will also once again have our stand in the covered trade stand area just off the main ring.  Please come and visit us for your free dog bandanas, stickers for the kids and a go in the lucky dip!

(9 months' Fixed Term Contract, 2 days per week)

We are looking for an experienced Bookkeeper to provide assistance to the Practice Manager.  You need to have a good working knowledge of Sage accounting software, a high attention to detail and be well organised.  you will also provide administrative support to the accounts team.  The successful candidate will start as soon as possible.

Please forward your CV and covering letter which should include your salary expectations to:

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Equine vets and horse-owners will have access to the latest research and resources on common emergency conditions in horses thanks to a new website launched today.

 VetReact has been set up by an equine research group at The University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science. The team hopes the new site will be the ‘go-to’ resource for the latest evidence-based advice and information on clinical best practice in horse medicine.

 VetReact adds to the current national campaign by the Nottingham Vet School and British Horse Society – REACT Now to Beat Colic – which is helping horse owners spot the early signs of colic and seek early diagnosis and treatment.

Launching the website, Dr John Burford said: “Colic in horses continues to be one of the most dangerous conditions in the animal. It accounts for a third of veterinary call-outs. At least one in ten of these cases may become critical and up 80% of these end in the death of the horse.

 “The VetReact website presents the results of the most recent research as resources for vets, with links to the original sources of information. We have focused on the primary assessment of horses showing signs of colic and how to spot critical cases at this early stage. The website has been developed as a result of interviews and surveys of vets in practice on how they go about finding research-based evidence to help them in their work.”

Dr Alex Knott, a partner at Oakham Veterinary Hospital said: “We see a large number of colic cases both through visits out to owners, and referred into our hospital for surgery. This initiative will help vets in practice by providing resources which are easily accessible for vets out on the road, and helping vets make the decisions to refer critical cases as rapidly as possible, giving them the best chance of survival.”

 Resources available on VetReact include information on:


  • The most common clinical signs of colic
  • The essential components of history-taking and physical examination
  • When different diagnostic tests should and shouldn’t be used
  • How to differentiate critical cases on the first examination.


Recommendations which have been generated through multi-disciplinary workshops and online surveys with vets and horse owners with experience of colic.

The website places a strong emphasis on safety considerations, and stresses that the information offers ‘recommendations’ not ‘rules’, which should be considered and applied by veterinary practitioners in the context of each individual case.

The Nottingham project group includes Miss Isabella Wild, Dr John Burford, Dr Adelle Bowden, Professor Mark Bowen, Professor Gary England and Professor Sarah Freeman. The VetReact website has been developed based on work done by research student, Isabella Wild, on how vets access evidence in practice, and has been supported by funding from World Horse Welfare.

Dr Roly Owers, Chief Executive of World Horse Welfare, said: “Colic is a really significant equine health and welfare issue and vets play a fundamental role in bringing about a prompt resolution.  World Horse Welfare is pleased to support this innovative work to help bring practical advice to practicing vets.

The website will continue to grow and will include hard-copy resources to download and print, as well as videos and an App in the future.  


Our nursing team has a reputation for providing gold standard patient care. As a result, we are able to recognise and reward our nurses’ skills, professionalism and dedication. Our team is growing and we would very much like to hear from registered vet nurses, with at least two years’ nursing experience who are keen to contribute to and share in our success.

Enthusiastic, self-motivated and resilient, you will enjoy keeping pace with our wide and varied caseload and demonstrate strong communication skills.

A generous OOH rota with a day off in lieu is offered. With lots of scope for personal development, CPD is encouraged and funded. Have a look at our website and Facebook page.

For more information please contact Helen Franklin, Head Nurse, on 01572 722646. Apply with CV and covering letter to Dawn Wright at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A good de-worming strategy is an important part of your horse's general healthcare plan.  A high worm burden may predispose your horse to ill health, weight loss, poor condition, diarrhoea and most seriously, colic.  The traditional approach of treating horses for worms at set intervals every three months is promoting 'resistance' amongst the worm population.  There are no new classes of wormer currently under development, so it is important that we update our thinking when it comes to best practice for worm control.  Strategic worming uses worm egg counts to assess whether your horse actually needs worming.

Locum Equine Surgeon commencing January 2017

Oakham Veterinary Hospital, in conjunction with the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine, is seeking an experienced and talented locum equine surgeon from January 2017.

With state-of-the-art facilities and expert knowledge, the hospital offers a large and varied referral caseload ranging from leisure to professional sport horses, where your surgery skills will be used extensively. Our priority is to provide a seamless and professional surgical service to our clients and referring vets.

You will have access to clinical expertise from the University of Nottingham Vet School, as part of the collaborative teaching and research relationship. There will be an element of surgical teaching in the hospital to final year vet students.

The role carries a 1:3 OOH rota; you will be supported by a full hospital team during on-call duty. On-site accommodation can be provided if required. This is a locum position on an open-ended basis whilst recruitment for a permanent equine surgeon is on-going. There is the possibility that this role could become permanent for the 'right' applicant. Whilst a full time surgeon is preferable, part time working hours will also be considered.

Candidates should possess strong equine surgical experience and a primary veterinary degree that can be registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. For further information about the position and its opportunities please contact: Neal Ashton MRCVS: 07764 616018 or alternatively please send your CV with covering letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nominations for the Petplan Veterinary Awards 2017 are now open!  There are five different categories including individual staff members (nurses, vets and support staff) and the practice as a whole.

If you feel that a member of our team or the whole practice deserve a nomination please click here to go to their website.  Or you can pick up a nomination form at either Reception desk when you next come in to see us.



For staff training purposes the Small Animal department is going to be closed between 2pm and 4pm on Tuesday 11th October.  During this time we will only be available to deal with emergencies.

If you have an emergency situation with your pet during this time please phone: 01572 722646 and your call will be answered.

Please avoid calling at this time with queries or to book routine appointments.

Apologies for any inconvenience that this may cause.

 The British Horse Society (BHS) and The University of Nottingham have teamed up to help horse owners combat the life-threatening condition of colic.  Their REACT Now to Beat Colic campaign comes after Nottingham Uni research found that more than 90% of horse owners did not feel confident in spotting the early signs of colic.

Thank you to everyone who came along to our 'Evening with the OVH Equine nurses' last week.  The event was sold out and was the perfect opportunity for our nurses to showcase their role within the hospital.  It also created an informal setting to learn more about first aid, coping in an emergency and looking after your horse during various life stages.  The British weather was for once on our side and we were able to use some of the hospital's outside areas as well for the practical demonstrations.

We hope to do more evenings like this in the future so watch this space!

Don't miss our upcoming equine client evening on Wednesday 24th August from 6.30-8.30pm.  Our team of Equine nurses will be doing talks and demonstrations on a variety of subjects, including:

  • Coping with an emergency
  • Looking after the senior horse
  • Preventing boredom in the box-rested horse
  • Wound management/bandaging

There will also be tours of the hospital facilities and a chance to ask questions in an informal environment.  Light refreshments will be provided and everyone attending will receive a goody bag packed with freebies and information on preventative health care for your horse.

Tickets cost £10 and can be booked to your equine account - please phone our equine office on: 01572 722647 to book your place.

Thank you to everyone who attended our 'First Aid for Dogs' evening last week - the event was sold out and it was lovely to see so many clients enjyoing the practical and theoretical aspects of the evening.

We hope to hold more client evenings in the coming months so do look out for announcements of dates on our website, Facebook page, waiting room/consult room posters and flyers at Reception.