Tickets are now available for the Oakham Veterinary Hospital Stud Evening 2019 which will be held at the Rutland Agricultural Showground on Wednesday March 20th at 7pm. This will be a fun and informative evening that promises to be of interest to both professional and amateur equestrian breeders.
Speakers will include our own stud team Matthew Hecking and Victoria Marchi, Lorna Wilson from Elite Stallions, Sarah Stoneham from TopSpec and current British Eventing Performance Coach Chris Bartle (Yorkshire Riding Centre).
Tickets are available at £10 each and this is payable when the reservation is made.
In accordance with current guidance from the AHT, Oakham Veterinary Hospital Equine are recommending booster vaccinations for any horses that have not been vaccinated in the last 6 months.
We strongly encourage owners to be extremely vigilant and aware of the clinical signs of flu which include harsh, dry coughing, nasal discharge, lethargy and an increase in temperature (>38.5°c). These clinical signs may be mild and not all horses will present with all of these. If you are concerned please isolate the horse immediately and contact us as soon as possible. We can visit the horse and take a swab and blood sample and send it for testing, free of laboratory charges, to the Animal Health Trust’s equine influenza surveillance scheme which is funded by the Horserace Betting Levy Board.
Equine flu is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the equine influenza virus. The virus is spread from horse to horse via respiratory droplets by direct contact as well as coughing and via indirect contact where appropriate biosecurity is not being followed. The virus relies on this transmission to new horses to survive and one of the most notable features of flu is the very quick spread of clinical signs in groups of horses and its ability to spread large distances in the air. We encourage owners to consider existing biosecurity arrangements in your yard. Horses that have been vaccinated recently should not be travelled/ compete for at least 7 days, as this is when your horses immunity is at its strongest. It is important to note that some vaccinated horses have still tested positive for flu but vaccinations ensure that the symptoms are mild. Our advice is that any horse that has a raised temperature (>38.5°c) has a at least a week’s rest for every day they have a temperature.
Please see the factsheet below for further details.
The final phase of our equine hospital redevelopment is well and truly underway. The steels are up on the extension which will house our CT scanning room and the internal refit of our surgical areas is in progress.
The initial expansion started last year with the completion of a purpose-built stud barn offering specialised mare and foal stabling with a self-contained stallion block, teasing room, lab facilities and semen storage area. This meant we could use existing stabling for the creation of a residential area for the Nottingham University Vet School students who are on rotation with us. It also allowed us to redevelop the first barn into three brand new consult rooms, equine client waiting area, scanning room and x-ray suite complete with a new gantry x-ray which provides better image quality and accessibility.
We hope that Spring 2019 will see the completion of our CT suite, which will be used by both the equine and small animal departments and is a new service that the Partners are very excited to offer.
Thank you to all of our clients for bearing with us through the disruption and inconvenience that the building work has, at times, caused. We are finally seeing the benefits from the updated outpatient facilities and will continue to do so over the next few months.
Here at Oakham Veterinary Hospital we would like to wish all of our clients a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Both our equine and small animal departments will be open on Christmas Eve until 4pm, then our phones will be moved onto the 'out of hours' recorded message until 8am on Thursday 27th December. During this time when the hospital is closed we will be operating our usual emergency cover. If you need an equine/farm vet please phone 01572 722647, for a small animal vet please phone 01572 722646. You will hear a short recorded message informing you which vet is on duty and their contact number (it's worth having a pen and paper handy). If the duty vet does not answer their mobile please leave a message as they are probably with another poorly animal and will get back to you as soon as it is possible to do so.
We will be open as normal on Thursday 27th, Friday 28th and Saturday 29th December with 'out of hours' service starting from 4pm on Monday 31st December to 8am on Wednesday 2nd January when normal service will resume!
On Wednesday 29th August 2018 OVH Equine hosted our annual referring vets CPD day at The George Hotel and Business Centre in Stamford. Nineteen delegates enjoyed a day of talks covering surgery, imaging and medicine. This was followed by a trip up to Burghley Horse Trials to watch the first horse inspection. Many thanks to all those that attended, we hope to see you again next year!
This week we were delighted to present Paula Scaife, from Cancer Research UK, with a cheque for £1000. The money was raised at client evenings, through competitions and sponsorship during 2017.
A huge thank you to all of our clients for your generous donations, it's fantastic to be able to support such a worthy cause which touches so many people's lives.
Are you interested in a customer service apprenticeship? We are currently searching for an apprentice to join our equine reception team. This is a great job for those who can maintain a positive and customer friendly attitude at all times. You will also give customers a positive impression of yourself and our practice. You will be expected to deal with customers face-to-face and over the telephone.
Only applications received via this process will be considered.
In a recent client survey 93% of those who responded would like to use an online booking service for routine vet appointments. VetBooker is a client interaction portal for veterinary practices which will work alongside our Practice Management System to allow registered clients to book online appointments.
The system will hopefully go live this month, initially just for booking vaccination appointments. All small animal clients with an active email address will receive an email link allowing them to register.
Next time you come in to see us please take five minutes to check with reception that we have an email address on your client account. Alternatively, send us an email with your details to:
Wednesday 30th September saw Oakham Veterinary Hospital hold a CPD day for referring vets at the George Hotel business centre in Stamford.
The day focused on updates regarding new techniques, interesting cases and clinical research from our caseload. The subjects covered included surgery, medicine, imaging, neurology, and sports medicine. Speakers included our own vets and our colleagues from the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine.
The programme included:
This month at OVH we are welcoming a new equine surgeon, Julia Dubuc. Julia is employed by the University of Nottingham as a clinical assistant professor of equine surgery and is based here at OVH on a fulltime basis.
Her main area of research is centred on the equine stifle, more specifically the meniscal injuries and their contribution to joint disease. She recently moved here from Canada and completed her first ironman in July 2017, a hobby which she is keen to continue in the UK's great weather.
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.
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.