Following advice over the weekend from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) we will recommence with immediate effect:
- reproductive work on mares in foal,
During these visits, we will be observing strict social distancing and respecting those in self-isolation.
This will involve:
- calling ahead to make sure social distancing measures are understood and will be put in place during the visit,
- a two-metre physical distance must be maintained at all times during the visit,
- the vet will attend in protective clothing, use hand sanitizer, wear gloves and these will be changed regularly,
- Sedation may be required during treatment or investigation to maintain a two-metre physical distance from the handler,
- In cases where clients are self-isolating or confirmed to have COVID-19, they should not be involved in the visit at all. Please consider having a substitute handler in this case.
- Where possible contact with the client will be by telephone only. Where face-to-face interaction is required then this should only be with one person per visit.
Equine visit examples:
Please note the list below is not exhaustive but is considered as guidance only. We will continue to use our professional judgement and risk assess individual cases and keep clear clinical notes.
Suspend/delay the following:
- Pre-purchase examination,
- Routine dental work,
- Stallion licensing,
- Routine health checks,
- Riding school inspections,
- Radiography for sales or survey studies,
- Routine fertility work,
- Poor performance investigations,
- Joint medication.
Assess remotely in the first instance the following:
- Repeat medication checks where the patient is stable,
- Mild trauma,
- Skin issues,
- Sarcoid or other skin tumours,
- Nasal discharge/cough,
To recommence the following:
- Any of the above deemed necessary following remote triage or consultation,
- Reproduction work when the mare is already in foal,
- Painful facial, jaw or limbs swelling,
- Eye complaints,
- Severe trauma/haemorrhage,
- Difficulty breathing,
- Severe acute lameness/laminitis,
- Acute diarrhoea,
- Acute ataxia/neurological conditions,
- Dystocia and postpartum problems including retained foetal membranes,
- Sickness/lameness in foal,
Please contact the surgery to arrange your visit. I look forward to seeing you…from a social distance.
Equine Clinical Director