In light of the government recommendations and in the best interest of our staff and clients, we will now operate on an emergency only basis with immediate effect. This will apply until further notice. All routine visits and appointments are hereby cancelled with the exception of annual vaccinations.
Our reception team are currently contacting clients who have appointments booked but please bear with us.
If you require repeat prescriptions please phone the office well ahead of times so that we can process the request.
In light of government recommendations and in the best interest of our staff and clients we will be tightening our social distancing policies from Monday morning.
All doors to client areas will be locked and pets/horses must be handed over on arrival to our nurses for assessment/treatment unless it is an exceptional emergency. All clients will be asked to wait outside for the duration. Clients wishing to enter reception will be instructed to phone in from outside the building. This is for the protection of all our staff.
For equine ambulatory work, vets will be practising social distancing as strictly as possible where practical.
We ask for your understanding and cooperation to help us continue to care for your pets/horses whilst protecting the safety of our staff.
***OVH Equine Coronavirus policy as of March 17***
With government advice changing on an almost daily basis, OVH Equine would like to update our clients on our current policies regarding the coronavirus outbreak.
We are doing everything we can to limit the spread of the disease, but we do require your assistance and we ask that you read and adhere to the following guidelines.
1. When booking visits reception staff will ask some general questions about the client's Covid 19 status. Are you or any staff on your premises self-isolating? Do you have a persistent cough? Do you have a fever of above 37.8F ? Have you travelled to a high risk Country (as published on GOV.UK recently - in particular Italy, France, Switzerland, Spain. If the answer is YES to any of these questions then can someone else (of lower potential risk) present the animal(s) for examination? Someone who has answered YES to any of the above questions and cannot provide an alternative person to handle the animal will NOT be allowed to enter veterinary premises at this time.
2. We will ask the client to confirm immediately before the appointment their health status in relation to Covid-19 has not changed.
3. There will be no physical contact with clients i.e. hand shaking will be discontinued. We will wear disposable examination gloves at all times.
4. Any horse that requires involved procedures requiring more than a single vet will be asked to come in the hospital if it is fit to travel.
5. We will continue to run appointments at the hospital but we would prefer if your horse can be accompanied by only ONE person for the initial consult. If further evaluation/ diagnostics/ treatment is required we will ask you to leave your horse with us and wait in your horsebox/car. A nurse will return your horse to you upon completion of the appointment.
6. We have hand sanitiser available in reception and in our consult areas and we ask that you make use of this.
7. As recommended by WHO we would appreciate if you could pay with card rather than cash.
8. During your visit you may see staff members cleaning and disinfecting areas of the practice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but we believe these preventative measures will help to reduce the risk to both our clients and staff.
9. Please rest assured that we will continue to be open to emergencies AT ALL TIMES and we will deal with these in the same way as we do currently.
Eventing pre-season evaluations
Managing the modern day sport horse involves working in close conjunction with riders, owners, trainers and para-professionals to optimise fitness and performance to enable the horse to perform at a high level. Our vets understand the demands of competition and the desire to peak for specific events.
A pre-season check gives us an opportunity to discuss your horse and your plans for the season without the pressure of impending competitions. A thorough orthopaedic exam enables us to flag up any potential issues that may manifest as injuries later in the year. This will include flexion tests and lunging on a hard and soft surface. We can assess body condition, discuss fitness training and manage the timing of maintenance treatments. The aim of this is to optimise performance to peak for the most important events in your competition schedule whilst conforming to FEI clean sport regulations.
This exam will cost £50 (plus VAT), can be arranged with any of our vets and includes a written report. Any X-rays, scans or blood profile will be charged separately.
Postgraduate Certificate Studentships (Clinical Internship) in Equine Studies
The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham and Oakham Veterinary Hospital has developed an exciting 12 month postgraduate certificate (PG Cert) programme for early career veterinary surgeons interested in developing their clinical skills in equine studies combining clinical training with a formal qualification. Two scholarships are available beginning in September 2020 and February 2021. Both positions will be suitable for recent graduates or students currently in their final year.
The internships will be based at Oakham Veterinary Hospital, a clinical associate practice of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, where students have an opportunity to experience both first opinion and referral cases during their final year rotations. A team of nine practice veterinary surgeons is assisted by University staff specialising in equine medicine and equine surgery. The hospital provides a diverse case load to support clinical training supported by excellent clinical facilities. Clinical training will be provided in areas such as in-patient care, poor performance examination, diagnostic imaging and anaesthesia. The scholar will be expected to complement the teaching of University of Nottingham veterinary undergraduates.
Each position is offered for twelve months subject to satisfactory progress. Accommodation is provided consisting of a large two-bedroom flat situated on-site shared with the second intern, together with a generous stipend.
Eligibility Applicants from outside the UK/EU/EAA will not normally be considered. Applicants whose first language is not English must present evidence of having achieved an IELTS score of at least 7.5 (with a minimum of 7.0 in each component) alongside initial expression of interest. Graduates must have completed at least 26 weeks of clinical training outside their university. This may include clinical EMS, student externships or post graduate employment.
Further details can be found at https://www.oakhamvethospital.co.uk/equine-staff/equine-internship-program
An applicant's day, including an opportunity to meet with both university and practice partners will be held in mid-February.
Both the Equine and Small Animal Hospitals will be open at the following times during the festive period:
Monday 23rd December 8.00am - 6.00pm
Tuesday 24th December 8.00am - 4.00pm
Wednesday 25th December - Closed
Thursday 26th December - Closed
Friday 27th December - 8.00am - 6.00pm
Saturday 28th December - 8.30am - 12.00pm
Sunday 29th December - Closed
Monday 30th December - 8.00am - 6.00pm
Tuesday 31st December - 8.00am - 4.00pm
Wednesday 1st January - Closed
In case of emergencies while we are closed, please call the emergency number:
Equine - 01572 722647
Small Animal - 01572 722646
You will be directed to the Duty Vet's mobile. Please DO leave a message if the line is busy and they will call you back as soon as possible.
Please plan ahead and order food or repeat prescriptions by the 13th December, to ensure we have these in by the 20th December.
June 15th saw us opening up both our Equine and Small Animal units for clients and guests to take a peek behind the scenes, including the new CT suite. It was a great day with tours of the facilities, demonstrations and even a chance for some budding young vets to test their skills with our equipment! We're delighted to say that we also raised £353 pounds for the local Air Ambulance. Thanks to everyone who came along and helped make it such a special day and we hope to see you again next year!
Join us on Saturday 15th June for an 'access all areas' look at our extensive hospital redevelopment. Our doors will be open from 11am to 4pm for hospital tours, a chance to 'meet the team', activities, competitions and demos. All welcome, there will be refreshments available and free parking.
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.