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