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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

Vaccination Amnesty

****Vaccination Amnesty****

Support for clients whose horse’s vaccination status lapsed as a result of reduced veterinary provision during the coronavirus lockdown.

We’ve been working hard to find a way to help those clients whose horse’s vaccination status lapsed as a result of us being unable to carry out routine vaccinations during the initial 3-week period of the coronavirus lockdown. To help these clients restart their lapsed vaccinations for flu or flu & tetanus we can now offer the second vaccination of the primary vaccination course free of charge, although a visit charge will still apply.

This offer is limited to previously fully vaccinated horses who missed their vaccination as a result of the coronavirus lockdown, from 20th March. (Please note this does not include 6 monthly FEI vaccines) Horses whose vaccination status had lapsed or who were unvaccinated prior to this date will not qualify for this Covid-19 specific support.

If your horse qualifies for this support, please contact the office on 01420 520164

Please note that all visits still need to be carried out in accordance with the Covid-19 risk assessment of visits and appropriate social distancing during visits.

Covid 19 Practice Update 15.05.2020 – ” a measured return to routine work”

As we all adjust to the “new normal” of living and working with coronavirus, we are constantly keeping our procedures under review. We are very grateful to all our clients who have worked with us over the last few weeks, during which we have seen a lot of changes in guidance from equestrian and veterinary bodies.

Undoubtedly, we will be working with social distancing for the foreseeable future and, as workers who travel around visiting different clients, it is very important for us to maintain this, not only to protect ourselves but also to protect the health of our clients, their families and the public. We have already found many new ways of working safely and this will be our new focus in the next few weeks as we face different situations.

We anticipate a measured return to routine work (including dental work and pre-purchase examinations) next week but please be aware that in every case the team will work with you to check that the appropriate safeguards are in place by carrying out a risk assessment before we confirm the visit.

We are aware that some of our clients (and their families) may be more vulnerable and self-isolating/shielding. If you are in this category and have any concerns, please share them with us and we will endeavour to work with you as best we can to ensure our visit is safe for everyone concerned.

Clearly if you have any concerns about anyone in your household showing symptoms of Covid 19 please let us know immediately- before, during and after the visit!

We remain dedicated to working with you to find new ways of safely looking after our patients, as we all move together into the next chapter of this challenging era.

How can you help us?

If your horse requires veterinary attention, we may be able to do this remotely. We would love our clients to watch these videos so that when we ask you a few clinical questions, you will be able to provide us with the best clinical information that you can! This will help us to determine whether your horse needs a visit.

Please click here to watch the excellent video guides recently produced by the British Equine Veterinary Association ( BEVA).

Please ensure that it is safe to examine your horse !

COVID19 UPDATE 14.04.2020 – Vaccinations/ Essential Work & Emergencies

As of today -Tuesday 14th April – following updated advice from our governing body, we will now be performing RISK ASSESSED equine vaccinations, whose deadline is imminently due, alongside essential/emergency work that is vital for equine health and welfare.

It is appropriate to now consider performing vaccinations as it is important, now that we have entered in to the next phase of the Covid 19 lockdown, that the risk of an equine outbreak is now minimised, but only when safe to do so. This will not include 6m competition booster vaccinations which are not deemed to be essential at this current time (unless part of the primary vaccination course).

Individual risk assessments will be carried out prior to any visits and we will discuss with you the outcome of those risk assessments in advance of any visit to ensure that you fully understand the social distancing measures that have been put in place. We will not arrange a visit until we, and you, are entirely happy that we can ensure the safety of all involved ie: our vets, yourself, your horse and members of the general public.

These measures will include :

– ensuring that your horse is tied up waiting prior to arrival

– the passport should be ready beside the stable/horse

-where a client is present this should be ONE person per visit (strictly no children or pets are to be present)

-a physical distance of 10m will be maintained when possible

– we will liase with you across a 10m distance or by telephone

-if clients are self isolating or confirmed to have Covid 19 they SHOULD NOT be present at all and we will consider bringing a second practice member to assist safely.

– risk assessments will be made on a case by a case basis before an appointment is booked.


This does not mean that we can return to business entirely as normal, ESSENTIAL work will continue to be assessed remotely before determining if a visit is necessary. This will continue by telemedicine consultations/phone calls.

If work is non essential and in the short term, no significant impact on equine welfare is likely to occur…. then that work should continue to be delayed in line with the current RCVS advice. (This will include routine dental work , pre purchase examinations , poor performance investigations, amongst others).

This advice will be kept under constant review and in line with government guidelines.

We are doing everything we can to safeguard human and equine health and welfare without jeopardising the sterling work of the NHS and the sacrifices that we have all made during lockdown to date. It is important that we all follow government guidelines and “do our bit” to help prevent the spread of Covid 19. We would like to thank all of our clients who have been so supportive by helping us try to achieve this so far…

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

COVID 19 – The basic clinical examination for owners!

Knowing what your horse’s normal vital parameters are i.e. Heart Rate, Respiratory Rate and Temperature is extremely useful even in normal circumstances. If we need to arrange a remote consultation with you, a few facts about your horse would be very useful to help us formulate a plan together!

Click on the links below ( from the REACT Colic scheme (collaboration of the BHS and The University of Nottingham) that show you how to take your horse/ pony’s vital parameters and what is normal.




Covid19 Update 30.03.20 Equine Vaccinations

Covid – 19                                         Equine vaccinations

We apologise that it has been necessary to delay routine equine vaccinations during the current crisis. This is not a decision that we take lightly as our entire professional careers have centred upon animal welfare and protection against diseases such as equine influenza. However, we now find ourselves, at this particular moment in time, having to act with human health at the top of our agendas and we strongly feel, along with most other veterinary practices, that it is important to do the right thing and limit social contact unless there is a current or imminent threat to equine welfare. We hope you agree that, although of great importance, routine equine vaccination is simply not a higher priority than limiting the spread of coronavirus amongst the human population at this important moment. The risk of influenza and other equine infectious disease is also further limited in the coming months by the decreased activity and mixing that will inevitably occur. It’s about balancing risk.

Therefore, we are clear that routine vaccination is not an acceptable procedure currently. We are assured by the vaccine manufacturers that when the world returns to a more normal structure, that “vaccine amnesties” will then be offered to all such that a new primary course of vaccinations can be recommenced, where needed, at the cost of a single booster and we will keep you updated on this.

We hope you understand and sympathise with our approach to vaccination. Beating human coronavirus should be THE priority for us all right now. Be assured that we will continue to deal promptly with any serious equine injuries and diseases through this difficult time.

We are of course still providing cover for emergency and urgent cases. Less serious issues and consultations can still be dealt with by phone or e.g. WhatsApp. We can book these in as a normal ‘consultation’ and ask that you be ready 5 minutes before the arranged time with good signal/connection at your yards and phone/ipad battery charged up!

If you have any doubts or queries then please do not hesitate to call us on 01420 520164.

Please stay safe!

Kings Bounty Team