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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 !

https://www.beva.org.uk/dont-give-your-vet-the-virus

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.

*IF YOU THINK THAT SOCIAL DISTANCING CANNOT BE MAINTAINED PLEASE DISCUSS THIS WITH US BEFORE WE ARRIVE*

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.

HOW DO I TAKE MY HORSE’S TEMPERATURE?

HOW DO I TAKE MY HORSE’S HEART RATE?

WHAT IS “NORMAL” FOR MY HORSE?

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

COVID 19 UPDATE 23.03.20

*** IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE ***
Please share with others who are clients of our practice.

We hope you are all well and enjoying the companionship of your horses while so much else has changed. The first message to say is that we are here and still working to treat your horses when they need us most.

As vets, our jobs have always been about protecting animal health and welfare, but each day we have seen new and essential guidance from the government. We now find ourselves in a position where it also our duty to do everything we can to protect human health, particularly those in our community who are most at risk.

Because of this, we have reached the decision to stop non-essential work. We will be cancelling our routine appointments, allowing us to focus on the animals who need our help the most while limiting the movement of individuals and potential spread of COVID-19. This morning we will be contacting everyone with appointments booked this week. We expect our phone to be very busy so please wait for us to contact you.

We also ask that if one of our vets comes to visit your horse, please maintain excellent social distancing and we will work to do the same.

Your horse’s welfare is very important to us, as is the health of everyone in our community. If you are concerned about your horse’s health in any way, please phone our office in the first instance, and we will be very happy to help as always.

Covid 19 and Kings Bounty Equine Practice

Covid 19 & Kings Bounty Equine Practice

As the prevalence of the virus increases in the UK, we want to reassure you that we are taking precautions to ensure that we can continue to be available to look after our equine patients.

So what are we doing?
– We are minimising contact between Janette, Liz and Sara so that if one of us falls ill, the risk of everyone else falling ill at the practice at the same time is minimised. We are working out of our vehicles as normal, but basing ourselves at home, with only skeleton staff at the office.
– Biosecurity is not a new concept for us in the equine industry, as many of you are only too aware, and so we continue to ensure that our biosecurity policies are maintained.
– we have ensured that sufficient veterinary supplies are in stock and have a contingency plan to ensure that that continues.

How can you help us?
-We have been asking clients a few basic questions before visiting to ensure that we are not exposed to unnecessary risk e.g. questions about recent travels; whether you feel unwell; whether you have been in contact with anyone else who is unwell. We are still happy to attend your horse but may have to take some extra measures to safeguard all involved.
– We would also be grateful if the number of personnel “horse side” is minimised where possible – it is difficult to screen unexpected “visitors” before we arrive thus potentially creating unnecessary risk for all.
– If your health status changes AFTER a visit, please let us know.
– If you need to come to the office to eg collect medication, please call ahead so the necessary precautions can be taken.

So for now, it’s “business as usual” with a few sensible precautions. We will of course update you if anything has to change.

Stay safe everyone – we’re here if you need us!

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.