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