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Liz wins Vet Of The Year at Horse and Hound Awards 2021!

Congratulations to our very own vet, Elizabeth Frew MRCVS for winning Baileys Horse Feeds Vet Of The Year at the well respected Horse and Hound Awards 2021!

Liz swapped her usual vet overalls for a stunning red dress, to attend the awards ceremony last week at the prestigious Cheltenham Racecourse. The clients’ nominations and votes for Liz’s dedicated work were clearly impressive, as she was announced this year’s winner! Receiving her award on stage, Liz was asked if she had any highlights for the year…..

” When anything gets better or you make a difference, that’s a highlight!”

Credit: Peter Nixon Horse and Hound

Congratulations Liz, we’re all so proud of you!

Job Vacancy – Maternity cover for Practice Manager position

FULL TIME Practice Manager (Maternity Cover)

We are currently looking for a Practice Manager to join our team at Kings Bounty Equine Practice. We are an expanding equine ambulatory practice based in the beautiful countryside of Hampshire.

The Role is a combination of effective management of the practice whilst providing support to our team of ambulatory vets. This includes but is not limited to:-

  • Financial reporting including daily reconciliation, debt control, supplier payments
  • Ensuring clients receive the highest level of customer service
  • Responding to day to day queries and general needs of the practice
  • Pharmacy management including stock control
  • Supplier Liaison
  • Managing the small admin team
  • HR support including the management of annual leave, CPD allowances, Training development, recruitment.
  • Overseeing Health and Safety compliance
  • Supporting the Clinical Director in the day to day running of the practice

The successful candidate will be a highly motivated, diligent, organised and efficient individual with a professional manner and a passion for high standards. They need to enjoy working in a small friendly team and be a forward thinking, confident natural leader but able to take direction too. They must have the ability to work both on their own initiative and manage their time effectively. A sense of humour advisable!

Experience with Microsoft Office is essential, equine experience preferable.
This is a full time position working Monday to Friday to cover Maternity leave for up to 14 months with a salary commensurate with experience. The company also provides a generous benefits package including CPD support and a generous annual leave allowance.

A small but fun and friendly team awaits!
Office located near Alresford, Hampshire on a scenic country manor estate. Please send CV and covering letter to:

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Sara sporting the new KB hat silks. June 21

Did you know….?

According to a survey conducted by the British Equine Veterinary Association, being a horse vet carries the highest risk of injury of any civilian occupation in the UK. Hardly surprising given the things that we do on a daily basis! You may have seen the recent article in Horse & Hound about the campaign ” Hat Hair, Don’t Care” where equine vets are all being encouraged to align our safety with that that so many of you working with horses, already abide by. So, in support of this great effort, the Kings Bounty vets have all had a wardrobe upgrade with silks that many of you team chasers out there will recognise! Please help us to stay safe as we examine and treat your horses …and please bring your hat too! JP #hathairdontcare#horseandhound

EHV 1 Outbreak in Europe 2021

**Important – Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) Outbreak**

Many of you may be aware of the recent EHV-1 outbreak that originated at a British Showjumping event in Valencia (Spain) and has subsequently resulted in related outbreaks in at least 3 other countries in Europe.

In response, British Showjumping are putting in place measures for all horses returning from France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Poland, Netherlands, Germany and Slovakia from 1st March 2021. See link:…/British…

The FEI have also cancelled shows in Europe ( with the exception of a strictly controlled few that are already well underway) until 28th March ’21.

What is EHV?

Equine Herpes Virus is a common equine virus that can cause respiratory or neurological signs in horses and abortion in pregnant mares. It is extremely contagious, spread via direct horse contact through respiratory secretions or via indirect contact with contaminated items/ personnel etc.

Neurological disease (EHM) has been associated with this recent outbreak. Neurological signs can vary from incoordination (ataxia) to collapse and recumbency where horses are unable to stand.

The incubation period of the virus is on average 4-7 days but can be as little as 24 hours or as much as 14+ days. The virus can last up to a month in the environment once it has been shed but it can be killed easily by virucidal disinfectants.

Should you vaccinate your horses against EHV?

There is a vaccine available for EHV1-4 that can help reduce nasal shedding of the virus if a vaccinated horse becomes infected with the virus. This therefore means that it reduces the amount of virus shed into the environment, reducing the risk of other horses becoming infected, as well as offering that individual some protection against respiratory infection and abortion in the brood mare. A primary course is given (2 vaccinations 4-6 weeks apart) followed by 6 monthly boosters.

However, the vaccination does not offer full protection for respiratory disease and abortion ( as is the case for most vaccines) and does NOT protect against the neurological form of disease. It is also advised to NOT VACCINATE any horse that is thought to have been in contact with EHV-1 or may come in to contact with it e.g. travelling to a show in Europe in the near future whilst the EHV 1 outbreak is still being managed, as there is a possibility that vaccination could exacerbate and increase the risk of neurological signs.

As long as there is no risk of recent exposure, we recommend the routine vaccination of :-Pregnant mares at 5, 7 and 9 months of pregnancy to reduce the risk of abortion.

We also recommend the routine vaccination of:-

-Horses kept in close proximity to pregnant mares

-Young stock

-Horses who travel a lot to compete or move to different properties regularly. Ideally their stable mates would also be vaccinated as a “herd”/yard cover.


Good biosecurity, such as quarantining new arrivals/ use of disinfectants/footbaths/ PPE and nominated grooms for quarantined horses etc remains key in trying to reduce the spread of EHV.

We also advise clients to go to the following link to the HBLB Code of Practice to find all detailed information regarding EHV

Please contact us if you are concerned or would like biosecurity advice.

Lockdown January 2021 **Update**

Lockdown January 2021 *Update*

Dear Clients, 

We have now received guidance from our regulatory body and as we had hoped, we are permitted to continue to offer veterinary services in order to maintain the health and welfare of our equine patients.


It is however, ever more important for us to balance equine health with human health and as such, we will continue to risk assess our work and ensure that it can be carried out in a way that is not going to compromise the team or you, our clients. If we have concerns we will discuss these with you in advance of the visit and may suggest an alternative approach e.g. a remote consultation if it is appropriate – each case will be different. Should you prefer a remote consult please let us know – everyone’s situation and risk adversity is different!  

To help us work safely, please can we ask the following of you:


                     Please wear a mask and gloves at the visit, the vets will be doing the same


                 Please help us to maintain social distancing. If it is unsafe for other physical reasons, we will discuss the increasing the level of PPE for both parties.


              Please ensure that only one person is present to to handle the horse ( please do not bring children / onlookers/ pets to the visit).


               Please inform us in advance of the visit if you are unwell, are self isolating for whatever reason (including through T&T) or think that you may have been in contact with someone who has since become unwell. We will work with you to find a work around so that your horse is still cared for



               Medication can still be obtained from the practice during this period but please call us in advance to arrange this if required.

Thank you for your ongoing support helping us to look after our patients safely!Please call, or preferably email the practice ( if you have any concerns – we are here to help.   Stay safe! 

Best wishes from all at Kings Bounty Equine Practice.

Lockdown – 5th November 2020 * Update*


We are relieved to confirm that, as an essential business, we are able to continue to look after your horses, offering our comprehensive range of services, provided that we can achieve them in a Covid secure way. Medication can still be obtained from the practice during this period but please call us in advance to arrange this if required. If you have any other concerns about your horse, or are poorly/ self isolating yourself and have a visit booked, then please contact the practice in advance so that we can plan a safe work around. Thank you for all of your support helping us to maintain our patients’ welfare whilst keeping clients, everyone’s families and practice team safe


Following the latest government updates as the prevalence of Covid 19 is again increasing and that we will be working with social distancing measures for the foreseeable future , we would like to politely remind you of our measures that will help us all to stay safe and healthy whilst we continue to maintain a full range of veterinary services, as safely as possible.

Many of the measures below are now second nature to you all and we are very grateful for the ongoing support from our clients helping us to achieve these. For the majority, client biosecurity has certainly been impressive.
When we visit your yard :
– please maintain the 2m social distancing guidelines. (If there are any other extenuating circumstances e.g. an overriding different health and safety risk, we will then discuss additional measures that will need to be put in place to safeguard both you and us.
– ensure that your horse is ready/tied up prior to arrival– the passport, if required, should be ready beside the stable/horse
– please ensure that ONE client/person per horse attends the appointment.
do not let dogs run around loose and help us to ensure that others on the yard respect our wishes to socially distance.
please have a mask with you as we may ask you to wear it.

Please inform us immediately if you have symptoms of Covid 19 such as a high temperature or a new persistent cough or if you are in any situation where you are expected to self isolate. DO NOT ATTEND THE APPOINTMENT. We can discuss alternative arrangements.


Keep smiling everyone – it’s good to have our four legged friends!

Should you wish to book an appointment or discuss in more detail please call the office on 01420 520164

EHV Update 14.01.2020

Following the outbreak of EHV-1 infection at Crofton Manor Equestrian Centre, the practices and veterinary surgeons involved in the outbreak collectively discussed appropriate planning and continue to be in frequent contact ensuring collective awareness of the situation at Crofton and elsewhere. Inevitably situations such as this can generate misunderstandings and rumours so we thought it was worth issuing this collective post which outlines the approach agreed upon by practices looking after horses in the local area including Animed Equine VetsKings Bounty Equine PracticeThe Liphook Equine HospitalRiverside Vets Equine and Stable Close Equine Practice, in conjunction with Dr Richard Newton, Director of Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance at the Animal Health Trust.

We are considering horses to be in 1 of 3 levels of risk and should be treated accordingly:

A) Highest Risk – Horses stabled at Crofton Manor Equestrian Centre are subject to the strictest protocols with isolation, frequent clinical checks and also swabs and blood samples. This will be ongoing until they are found to no longer pose an infectious threat and normal activities can safely resume.

B) Intermediate Risk – Horses that have visited Crofton Manor Equestrian Centre at some time since 21st December 2019 along with their stablemates at their home yards. The horse or horses that visited Crofton should be kept isolated from others and also subject to clinical checks, swabs and blood samples. Movement of all other horses from the yard should also be restricted as they may have been exposed to the virus and may themselves act as a source of ongoing infection. As long as all remains well on these yards and test results are reassuring then we would expect movement restrictions to be no longer than 2 weeks since the date of the visit to Crofton. Where the two weeks since the date of the visit to Crofton has already elapsed, to be safe we still strongly advise clearance of animals that attended Crofton based on swab and blood testing.

C) Low Risk – Horses that have not visited Crofton or had contact with horses that have visited Crofton can continue to be managed as normal alongside increased vigilance of their health status (e.g. appetite, behaviour etc…).

Clearly advice could change in the future pending further developments and test results but so far we have had no evidence of EHV-related disease outside of Crofton.