Loch Leven Equine Practice
Dates for your diary
We run monthly dental clinics, gastroscope clinics, laser removal, advanced dentistry clinics and client evenings. For more information please click the links, or if you can't see what you are looking for just give us a call on 01577 841010.
Equine Influenza Outbreaks
Even if your horse no longer competes it is still important that they are covered for both flu and tetanus. Equine influenza can be airborn for up to 2km, meaning that your horse could still be exposed to equine flu.
To find out more about the basics and timings of vaccinations please click here: http://lochlevenequine.co.uk/downloads/info_flutet.pdf
First vaccine and call out charges apply. Horses are welcome to come to the clinic or take advantage of our reduced visit fee.
Reduced visit day fee is £20, usuall call out charges apply at other times. Offer ends 30th June 2016. For more information call us on 01577 841010.
Client evening a massive success
Our lovely new vet Jane who will spoke about vaccinations and Jenny rounded the evening off by telling everyone about her time in Gambia and showing you where all of your brilliant tack donations have been helping.
Our Chosen Charity for 2016 is...
SCAA is the People’s Helicopter and since its launch on 22nd May 2013, has been deployed to more than 910 incidents to save lives and get casualties to hospital much quicker than by land ambulance.
The country’s only charity-funded air ambulance relies entirely on public donations to fuel its mercy flights. Based at Perth Airport, it is well positioned geographically to reach 90% of Scotland’s population within 25 minutes, and is ideally placed to reach some of the country’s remotest communities within that timeframe.
Liz Burton, a Director at Loch Leven Equine Practice said, “Following a vote on our social media channels and within our own team there was overwhelming support for the SCAA. Although of course we always hope we don’t need this provision, as horse riders ourselves, we all appreciate how valuable this service is. We have a number of practice events planned for 2016 and we hope to raise a decent sum of money for this worthwhile charity.”
SCAA is a proven life-saving service. It operates as an integral part of the country’s frontline emergency response network, and as it receives no government funding, every pound it receives helps keep it in the air and able to respond to the next time-critical emergency.
The first initiative to raise money for the charity is a client evening on 25th January, where all donations given will go straight to the SCAA.
In 2015 we raised money and awareness for the Equine Grass Sickness Fund.
Visit Fees Reduced by 10%
Due to the recent reduction in fuel costs we are delighted to pass this saving directly on to our clients and as a result all of our visit fees have been reduced by 10%.
Pete Has Passed His Certificate
We are looking forward to launching our Dental Referral service and welcome inquiries from vets and owners.
Petplan Veterinary Awards
The clinics are led by Liz, who as a former groom, is very experienced (and efficient) at clipping. The horses will be sedated and supervised by our veterinary team.
This is open to clients and non clients. To book your slot simply call 01577 841010.
A super cute thank you
We couldn't resist sharing this adorable short video to say thank you to the team (led by Hannah on this case) for looking after Chico.
Terms and Conditions
Clip for a Cure
For more infomation on Grass Sickness please visit their website by clicking here.
Welcome to the newest member of our team
To read more about Jane see our staff page.
LLEP an Accredited Training Practice
Training Centres are accountable to the RCVS and to their qualifications body for ensuring that training and assessment meets nationally regulated standards.
In addition to providing Siobhan with practical training we look forward to being able to offer training to other nurses through their training providers.
Equine Vets have the highest risk civilian profession
Previously, largely anecdotal information suggested that veterinary practitioners involved in equine work frequently sustain injuries as part of their work with horses, but the prevalence and type of injury have never been quantified in the UK. It is widely thought that some vets have to give up equine work due to a work-related injury and whilst very occasionally fatalities have happened, these may be inconsistently documented.
Former President of BEVA, Keith Chandler, outlined further: “We were coming across reports that vets were being injured, often seriously and occasionally fatally, when dealing with their patients. As a result, we commissioned this study to quantify and qualify the risks, which our members were facing whilst pursuing their professional career. It is a sad irony that some vets are being seriously injured in their efforts to protect the health of horses.”
A total of 620 equine vets completed a work-related injuries questionnaire between September and November 2013. The results of the study indicated that an equine vet could expect to sustain between seven and eight work-related injuries that impeded them from practicing, during a 30-year working life. Data available from the Health and Safety Executive suggest that vets working in equine practice in the UK, thus sustain a very high number of injuries compared to other civilian occupations, including those working in the construction industry, prison service and the fire brigade.
Participants were asked to describe their worst-ever injury. Most were described as bruising, fracture and laceration, with the most common site of injury being the leg (29%), followed by the head (23%). The main cause of injury was a kick with a hind limb (49%), followed by strike with a fore limb (11%), followed by crush injury (5%). Nearly a quarter of these reported injuries required hospital admission and notably, 7% resulted in loss of consciousness.
Keith Chandler said: “We were shocked to discover the extent of the injuries sustained. Of greatest concern is the number of vets who suffered head injuries and unconsciousness. These injuries appeared to be more common when certain procedures were being performed, such as endoscopy of the upper respiratory tract, when vets are often only partly sighted while using examination equipment, or during wound management and bandage-changes, where vets are often crouched-down for long periods, next to the patient.”
Thirty eight percent of the ‘worst’ injuries occurred when the vet was working with a ‘pleasure’ horse and most frequently (48% of all responses) the horse handler was the owner or the client at the time of the injury. Whilst the number of laypersons or handlers injured at the same time was low, Tim Parkin, vet and lead researcher, pointed out: “This work should act as a wake up call to all involved in the training, employment and engagement of equine vets. The risks associated with handling and working with horses should be the primary consideration for equine vets and horses owners alike, every time a horse is examined or treated. In addition, the experience of the horse handler should be considered when undertaking riskier procedures.”
David Mountford, Chief Executive of BEVA continued: “The results are very concerning and justify a careful prospective scientific quantification of the risks. In the short term, knowledge of these risks allows us to better inform all vets who work with horses. In turn vets will be able to inform horse owners, horse-keepers and trainers of the risks, and this may provide justification for having trained assistance on-hand or the more extensive use of sedative drugs in practice, potentially reducing the risk of injury.”
The British Equine Veterinary Association will now look to work with the Health and Safety Executive, Veterinary Schools, large employers of vets in the UK and our members to help develop policies to mitigate the risk of serious injury for vets working with horses.”
Liz Somerville from Loch Leven Equine Practice says, "The safety of our vets is paramount and while we have the correct health and safety measures in place horses can be unpredictable. If one of our vets needs to sedate your horse for the safety of everyone concerned please support them in their decision to help prevent situations like these from happening.
Blue Cross Issues Warning
• Feed forage such as hay in parched fields- off of floor in haynets or feed racks
New Danilon Alternative
We are aware of the increasing costs of Danilon, especially for those horses who are on a long term prescription, which is why we have found a new alternative called Butagran.
Free sadle cloth give away
Would you like one of these for free?! We are offering members of our Healthy Horse Club (HHC) a free saddle cloth when they recommend a friend to join the HHC. When your friend signs up they need to tell us about your recommendation and you will receive a fabulous saddle cloth to say thank you!
The Healthy Horse Club is the ideal way to provide your horse with comprehensive veterinary care throughout the year, whilst budgeting your finances and saving money as well!!
For more information on the Healthy Horse Club click here. If you are already a member of the HHC let us know if you recommend a friend and, when they join, you will get your saddle cloth.
Porky Pony Parties
To help tackle the tricky issue of over weight ponies we are holding our own Porky Pony Parties. Keeping your horses and ponies at the correct weight is vital to their health and so as part of our ongoing are offering a FREE weigh clinics for our clients.
New Trainee Vet Nurse Blog
Siobhan joined us in December 2013 as a Groom and trainee Equine Vet Nurse. Under the watchful eye of Lynsey and through the Open University Siobhan is undertaking her intensive training to become a qualified Equine Veterinary Nurse. You can read all about Siobhan's training in our new blog.
Q&A Talk a Massive Success
Our 'Ask the Experts' Q&A panel was held on Wednesday 19th March and saw over 100 people attend the audience driven evening..
Due to demand and teh response to the evening we will be looking at holding another evening later on in the year with a similar format.
Well done to Hugh
A big thank you to everyone who has nominated Hugh for the Petplan Vet of the Year Awards. The awards are seen as a prestigous event in the veterinary calender and nominations are genuinely gratefully recieved.
Hugh joins Anne, Jenny, Lynsey, Pete and the practice in receiving a nominations. THANK YOU EVERYONE!
New campaign launched to help combat encysted small redworm
Zoetis is helping horse owners understand the serious risks of encysted small redworm with the launch of a new awareness campaign. The educational initiative is centred on a new website, www.esrw.co.uk, which contains an informative video, a quick quiz and an advisory leaflet that can be downloaded.
As an SQP Lynsey is our contact at Loch Leven for any worming advice and is more than happy to chat through your horse's requirements.
Evening Talk A Great Success
Our informative evening talk discussing snotty noses and euthanasia was a huge success with everyone attending saying how much they learnt from the evening and how well it had been handled.
Thank you for our Petplan Nominations
A big thank you to everyone who has nominated us for the Petplan Veterinary Awards. We are delighted that Anne, Pete and Jenny have been nominated for Vet of the Year, Lynsey has been nominated for Vet Nurse of the Year and the practice as a whole has been nominated for Practice of the Year.
Nominations for the awards close on 31st January and nominations can be made here.
Welcome to the Team
We are delighted to welcome another member to our expanding team as we are joined by Siobhan Carfray. Siobhan has started as a Groom and will be receiving ongoing training to become an Equine Veterinary Nurse.
Siobhan says, “I am excited to have joined the practice and to be working with the team. It is a big change from my previous job in racing but I am looking forward to learning new skills as I have always had a keen interest in the veterinary side of the equestrian industry. I am enjoying having more free time outside work and can’t wait to start my nursing course.”
Siobhan has also signed up to an online nurtitional course to further develop her skills. To read more about Siobhan please see our staff page.
Practical First Aid Talks a huge success
We are delighted that the two practical first aid sessions held on Monday 9th December from 6pm - 8pm were very well attended and a huge success.
There will be more first aid talks in 2014 so watch this space for further details.
Clinic Open Day a HUGE Success
The team were overwhelmed with the number of people who attended their official equine clinic opening day, with attendees hailing it as a huge success.
The event took place on Saturday September 28 attracting over 400 people who came to look around the purpose built equine veterinary facilities in Cleish, Kinross. The new facility was officially opened by Professor Derek Knottenbelt OBE, BVM&S, DVMS, DipECEIM, MRCVS who praised the team for their contribution to the equestrian community and their achievements.
Visitors were treated to a guided tour, which included using a plastic horse to demonstrate knock down procedures and the logistics of getting a horse under general anaesthetic onto the operating table. Director and Veterinary Surgeon Pete Burton BVM&S MRCVS was on hand to explain the process and said, “The demonstration provided an ideal and unique opportunity for people to come and see what happens to horses when they require surgery under general anaesthetic and was exceptionally well received.”
People were then invited to ‘have a go’ at arthroscopy under the guidance of Hugh Somerville BVSc Cert AVP ES Orth MRCVS, who added “A huge thank you to everyone who came along to join in our celebrations at the open day. The team all thoroughly enjoyed seeing you all and sharing our exciting new clinic with you. It was a special day to remember, with so much support.”
Jill Stevenson from Lochview Stables attended the open day and said, “It was a great day visiting the clinic and taking part in the activities on offer. The new surgery is outstanding and every detail has been planned and thoroughly thought about. Having this facility on our doorstep is so exciting. Well done to everyone involved.”
In addition there was a practical first aid demonstration, quiz, children’s quiz, bouncy castle, refreshments, a hog roast and raffle.
The raffle was held in support of the Scottish Ambulance Service specifically for the Charity Air Ambulance with clients and friends of the veterinary practice generously donating prizes worth an estimated combined total of £1,700. The sale of tickets raised an impressive £1,000 for this worthy cause.
The opening day was a huge success and marks a significant milestone in the equestrian community by now providing full surgical equine knock down facilities with a fully equipped theatre for horses in both the local and wider equestrian community. The purpose built equine veterinary clinic is one of only a handful in Scotland.
New phone number
Following the move we now have a new phone number! Please pop 01577 841010 into your phones! Our old number will still work, however our new number allows us to have more calls coming in and giong out - meaning that we will never be engaged again!
The out of hours number is till the same - 07789 684245.
We have moved!
We are delighted to announce that we are now in our new clinic! Our new building is looking amazing and we are all so pleased to finally be in our purpose built facilities which includes a full operating theatre, five stables, indoor and outdoor trot up, two exam rooms, hard and soft lunge pens, and so much space that we can even have a desk each!
Our new address is Loch Leven Equine Practice, Beauford Paddock, Cleish, Kinross, KY13 0LS. Our number is still 01577 840022 and the emergency number has also stayed the same.
We are planning an open day on Saturday 28 September, which of course everyone will be invited along too - watch this space for more information!
Liz is on film
One of our Directors, Liz, has hit the limelight in another of her roles as the face of some helpful How To horsecare videos produced with the British Grooms Association and Scottish Equestrian TV.
The short videos include simple guides such as how to plait a mane, how to pull and mane, how to pull a tail and how to fit a snaffle bridle. The videos can be viewed through Scottish Equestrian TV by clicking here.
Film cameras are back on site
We were thrilled to welcome Scottish Equestrian TV back to the clinic to do some more filming for the online TV channel.
The filming took place at South Kilduff and is for a series of simple 'How To' tutorials which will feature bandaging, taking TPR, checking digital pulses and how to trot a horse up correctly for the vet. A big thank you to Lucinda Russell for the use of one of her lovely horses.
For more information visit www.scottishequestrian.tv.
New talk educational evening announced
We are delighted to be hosting another free educational evening covering all you need to know about equine dentistry with Hannah Duncan BVMS MRCVS and Common infectious diseases and management with renowned speaker Professor Derek Knottenbelt OBE BVM&S DVM&S DipECEIM MRCVS.
We are delighted to be welcoming Derek back to speak for us again. Derek is an excellent speaker and, among many things, is renowned for his knowledge and enthusiasm.
Richard Maxwell Clinic a huge success
The Richard Maxwell Clinic held at Lochview Stables on Friday 15th June was hugely successful with six horses participating and over 50 people attending to spectate.
Welcome to Emily
A very warm welcome to Emily Povey who has joined our team to work alongside Patty in the office. Emily comes from a horsey background having completed an HND in Equine Management at Oatridge College.
Emily has settled exceptionally well into life in the office and says, “I am enjoying being part of the Loch Leven team and really looking forward to moving into the new premises. It is really nice getting to know everyone over the phone and being part of such an exciting practice.”
To find out more please visit the staff page.
We are delighted to add another member to our team, experienced equine vet Hannah Duncan. Hannah graduated from the university of Glasgow in 2008 and joins us from an equine practice in Chorley, Lancashire. During her time in Lancashire Hannah developed interests in dentistry and geriatric care.
"Although i'm sad to be leaving my patients in Lancashire behind, I am very excited to be moving back to Scotland and working at LLEP. I can't wait to meet you all and get to know your horses!"
For more infromation on Hannah see the staff page!
We are delighted that we now have our very own Loch Leven Equine Practice sponsored horse that we will be following throughout the next year.
AHT issue biosecurity advice
The Animal Health Trust have issued a guide to biosecurity for horses who are competing. Although the UK has seemingly seen more problems with equine herpes virus-1 (EHV-1) infection
To download this useful guide click here.
Lynsey nominated for national award
Huge congratulations to Lynsey for being nominated for the Petplan Nurse of the Year in the prestigous Petplan Veterinary Awards 2013.
This award is so well deserved as Lynsey is an absolute super star and we are very proud to have her as part of our team. Thank you to everyone who nominated Lynz. Although Lynz hasn't made the finals this year we all know she is more than deserving of this award.
The winner will be annouced on 4th April at the awards ceremony during the BSAVA congress.
Client evening a huge success
Our free client educational evening on February 27th was a huge success and saw 84 clients attend the talk on Strangles and correct feeding of a horse on box rest.
In addition to Hugh and Jenny speaking we were joined by SPILLERS representative Jane Smith. Alongside the talk we held a free raffle which saw some amazing prizes donated by lots of generous companies. A big thank you for all of your support.
As the evening and raffle was free we had a box for anyone wishing to make a donation which raised a wonderful £200 for HorseBack UK.
Thank you to everyone for coming, supporting and donating our event. We are delighted to have more talks planned for this year so please keep watching this space for information!
Tackling the horsemeat scandal
As most of you are aware the recent horsemeat scandal has raised concerns over how horses are entering the food chain and the implications of this. DEFRA and FSA have announced that all horses slaughtered for human consumption are to be tested for Bute and where this is found action will be taken. This means that as your vets we have a legal responsibility to ensure that before your horse can receive any medication we must check that you have signed Section 9 (IX) in your horse’s passport declaring that they will never go for human consumption.
Please can you make sure you have your passport available at your next visit and once we have seen it we can make a note on your record for future visits. We know this is very inconvenient but with the threat of £5000 fine we must all play by the rules. This is also a good time to remind you that legally the passport should always accompany the horse so keeping it safe at home as we have always done, is actually breaking the law!
For more information please click here.
The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) has introduced a new guide to help horse owners negotiate the complexities of equine insurance with clarity. The guide has been produced jointly by leading equine insurance providers and BEVA and can be downloaded via the BEVA website.
With up to 40% of horses becoming ill or injured in any one year and 25% of insured horses having a claim in any one year, vet fees insurance is a sensible way for horse owners to budget for unexpected healthcare costs. The BEVA leisure and sports horse Insurance Guide for horse owners provides valuable information for those about to purchase a new policy, those who want to make sure they understand all aspects of their existing policy or those about to make a claim. It covers the frequently asked questions relating to vets fees and death, including when and how to insure, the importance of pre-purchase vetting, types of policy available, exclusions, referrals and permanent loss of use.
BEVA has also introduced a companion guide for vets. The Veterinary Surgeon’s guide to riding and sport horse insurance provides general guidelines to help your vet understand the requirements and issues relating to equine insurance.
Andrew Harrison, Junior Vice President of BEVA, said: “Whether a vet or a horse owner, understanding equine insurance can be intimidating for the best of us. The new guide should make it much easier for owners to understand the finer points of policies, premiums and claim protocols.”
The BEVA leisure and sports horse Insurance Guide for horse owners can be downloaded from the BEVA website by clicking here.
If you have any questions about your own insurance please do not hesitate to contact us on 01577 840022.
Exciting Merger Announced
We are delighted to announce that we are merging with the team at Inglis Equine Vets.
Hugh Somerville, Director of Loch Leven Equine Practice says, “The team at Loch Leven Equine Practice are excited to be merging with the team from Inglis Equine Vets. We are committed to working together to continue to raise the standards of the services we can provide for Central and Northern Scotland.”
Adam Tjolle, Partner of Inglis Vets states, “We are delighted to be able to offer our clients the same excellent standard of care but now with an increased level of options and referral service. This new partnership of our existing team of Equine vets with the Loch Leven team and the fantastic new Equine facility currently under construction, should mean our clients get the best of both worlds now and into the future. We will retain the same caring team (Anne, Eve and Debbie) with the added benefit of immediate access to diagnostic tools such as the digital x-ray machines, ultrasound scanners, endoscopes and ability for full lameness investigations.”
Inglis Senior Equine and Farm Animal vet Anne Logan says, “This is a great way forward for horse owners in Central Scotland and to have all of these wonderful facilities on hand can only increase the service we are able to provide. To have this exciting clinic is the best for our clients and ultimately puts the highest priority on the welfare of all the horses under our care.”
The merge will come into effect on Monday 11 March and will see both equine teams based at Loch Leven Equine Practice.
Inglis Vets will continue to provide the highest standards of care for Companion pets from their dedicated Small Animal Veterinary Hospital in Dunfermline and from their veterinary clinics in Inverkeithing, Kinross and Cowdenbeath.
How will it affect me and my horse?
If you do have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us by clicking here or calling us in office hours on 01577 840022.
Please remember that your horse has to have his annual booster no later than 365 days after his last one was given. Those given even a day late do not meet FEI, Riding Club and Pony Club standards.
Work on Scotland’s new equine clinic begins
After months of planning and preparation work on building Loch Leven Equine Practice’s new surgical facilities has begun. Builders were able to begin work at the start of December on the new site which is situated in Cleish, nr Kinross, less than a mile from Junction 5 of the M90.
The new clinic will boast full operating and surgical facilities, an indoor trot up and internal stabling has an expected completion date of the end of May. Director Liz Somerville says “This is a very exciting time for both the practice, our team and the wider equestrian community in Central and Northern Scotland. After years of dreaming about it we are finally at a stage where we have started the ground works, which we are all delighted about. We look forward to opening the doors and welcoming horses to the clinic in 2013.”
In addition to servicing their own clients the clinic will also act as a referral centre for vets wishing to refer for surgery. The clinic will protect seven full-time jobs and as the business develops it will potentially create up to seven new equine specific posts.
New laminitis research now available online
To help combat the prevalent and devastating condition of laminitis, the Equine Veterinary Journal (EVJ) has made a collection of important research papers freely available online to both vets and horse owners. The papers include practical advice as well as the latest research, making up for the current shortfall of easily accessible information. The initiative has been made possible thanks to sponsorship from the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Trust.
In addition the issue contains several articles from international experts commissioned by the EVJ, on important aspects of laminitis including causes, treatment, prevention and future research projects.
A huge thank you from the team at Loch Leven to everyone who went to the trouble of nominating both Jenny and Pete for the Petplan Equine Vet of the Year Awards 2012.
To find out more about the awards and to see the three finalists please go to www.petplanequine.co.uk.
Clipping Serice offered at superb prices
After the success of last years clipping service we are delighted to offer this service once again. This service is designed for those horses who require sedation in order to make clipping a safe stress-free procedure.
Simply bring your horse to the clinic to be sedated and clipped by our expereinced friendly team, at very competitive rates:
Full clip (including head and legs) £65*
Don't take our word for it - here is what one of our clients has to
We can start building!!
We are absolutely delighted to announce that plans to build an equine veterinary clinic equipped with full surgical facilities will now go ahead with work on the new building set to begin in early October 2012.
Study confirms seasonal variation in metabolic rate in ponies
A recent study, carried out in Germany, has shown that Shetland ponies retain the ability to drop their body temperature when food is scarce, a function which experts previously thought had been lost.
This proves that during winter it is not always nessacary to increase your horses feed as they can maintain their own metabolic rate. For more information click here
Pete nominated for Petplan 'Vet of the Year'
Thank you to everyone who nominated Pete for the Petplan 'Vet of the Year' awards. These awards are not just for the equine vet profession but for the whole of the veterinary industry, so being nominated is a huge honour.
Thank you to all of our fantastic clients who took the time to nominate Pete for these awards - it means a huge amount to the vets.
Practical First Aid sessiona a great success
Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd March saw two Practical First Aid sessions take place hosted by Jenny Croft and Lynsey McKay.
Everyone was treated to hot drinks and homemade cakes (many thanks to Liz S and Patty) and left with a bag of first aid goodies, information and free manuka Honey courtesy of Kruuse.
A big thanks to everyone who came - we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
There will be more practical first aid sessions held later in the year - keep checking back for dates or follow us on facebook by clicking here.
New practical first aid session dates announced
After the success of our inaugural practical first aid talk, held in September 2011, Loch Leven Equine Practice are launching a series of useful hands-on sessions throughout 2012.
Permission given for new equine clinic to be built!
We are delighted to announce that we have been granted planning permission to build a new equine veterinary clinic which will include operating and knock down facilities, an indoor trot up, two examination rooms, stables and office space.
The new clinic, which will be built nr Cleish, Kinross, will be situated just half a mile from Junction 5 of the M90, ensuring excellent access by horsebox.
Check back for regular updates on the exciting progress of the clinic!
Jenny gets selected!
We are thrilled that Jenny Croft has been selected to be part of the Paralympic volunteer team as an official vet for the 2012 Games in London. Jenny said "I am delighted to have been selected to work as an official vet at the Paralympic Games at the end of August/start of September. I think it will be very exciting being involved in such a prestigious event in our own country and be dealing with such elite athletes and horses."
Pete nominated for Equine Vet of the Year
Congratulations to Pete who has been nominated for the Pet Plan Equine Vet of the Year. Whilst he is not down to the final three we are thrilled that he has been nominated for such a prestigous award. Thank you to everyone who put pen to paper (or email) and took the time to nominate him.
Practical first aid session a hit
first ever practical first aid session, which was exclusive to our Healthy
Horse Club members, was a huge success.
Jenny becomes a Certificate holder!
huge congratulations to our new vet Jenny Croft who has passed her RCVS
Certificate in Equine Practice “I’m over the moon about passing
my Certificate” said a delighted Jenny, “It is the culmination
of a huge amount of hard work and now I have a recognised qualification
for my experience.”
Talk a super success
Our recent ‘What to expect in an emergency’ which took place
on 1st September was a huge success. Over 70 people turned out to attend
an evening with Patrick Pollock BVMS, FHEA, CertES(Soft Tissue), DipECVS,
MRCVS, to learn about rescue procedures and what to do in an emergency.
The next talk will be a free practical session on Saturday 24th September which is exclusive to Healthy Horse Club members. For more information call the office.
Grazing muzzles found to be effective
Accoring to a report on the Equine Science Update website using a grazing muzzle appears to be more effective than restricting access to pasture, for reducing the amount of grass eaten by ponies.
Research, presented at the Equine Science Society Symposium in Nashville, USA May 2011, shows that using a grazing muzzle can reduce the pasture intake of ponies by over 80%.
Horses, and especially ponies, given free access to grass appear to be more susceptible to obesity and related disorders, such as insulin resistance and laminitis, than those with restricted access to grass. However, even reducing time at pasture may not be as effective as previously thought.
Another study, also presented at the meeting, has shown that ponies may adapt their grazing behaviour to eat more in a short time span. The new research shows that the use of a grazing muzzle could be a much more effective and reliable solution if used appropriately. Grazing muzzles significantly reduce bite size and intake. Anecdotally, ponies fitted with grazing muzzles spend a greater proportion of time engaging in foraging and eating directed behaviours than their non-muzzled counterparts, yet either lose weight or retain an established, trim body condition. For the full article click here.
Patty WINS Petplan Vet Support Staff of the Year Award
To watch a short video of Patty click here
The most common ailment in horses is lameness
3,120 horseowners completed a survey via the charity's website last winter as part of the National Equine Welfare Council's 10-year strategy to improve horse welfare in the UK. The results were revealed at the horse industry's annual National Equine Forum, on 8th March.
Lameness was the most common problem, affecting 11% of horses, with weight the next biggest issue, with 9% of horses recorded as overweight and 8% underweight. Though these figures are at odds with other recent research by the University of Nottingham, which suggested that 50% of horses are overweight, the Blue Cross pointed out that the information was supplied by owners themselves and thus subjective.
Skin disease and wounds — at 5% and 4% respectively — are
also common issues, as is colic (2%), with a 6:1 ratio between medical
and surgical cases. But laminitis (3%) was less prevalent than believed.
Healthy Horse Talk a huge success
Lynsey passes exams
New Strangles Vaccine
The first re-introduction of the vaccine took place in the Netherlands in May 2010, whereas additional re-introductions are scheduled for Europe and the United Kingdom later in 2010 and beyond. The UK vaccine release date is March 2011.
Please feel free to contact the vets if you would like any more infomation. Call 01577 840022.
Strangles Vaccination website: http://www.equine-strangles.co.uk/
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How porky is your pony?
Veterinary student Helen Stephenson assessed the prevalence of obesity among horses whose owners were registered with an equine veterinary practice. Questionnaires were sent to five hundred horse owners, of which 160 were returned.
One in five owners indicated that their horses were either overweight or obese. The owners were asked about their perceptions of their horses’ body condition, and asked to score this from zero to five, with a score of more than three indicating overweight.*
The researchers then assessed the body condition of 15 randomly selected horses to see if the owners had under or overestimated the horse’s weight. They assigned an average score that was significantly higher for these horses; eight of the owners had scored their horse at least one grade lower than the researcher had, indicating that the owners had underestimated their horses’ weight.
Based on the researchers’ findings, the authors estimate that the true prevalence of overweight/obesity was likely to be 54% rather than the 20% indicated by the questionnaire responses. Call the practice today if you would like Vet Nurse Lynsey McKay to come to your yard for a free condition score, or visit
Equine Grass Sickness breakthrough
The disease is endemic to parts of Great Britain and Northern Europe, and has been recognised for a century, yet the cause(s) of it have remained speculative, although there is evidence for an association with pathogenic bacteria, notably Clostridium botulinum type C.
CPP researchers for the first time have also found an association between levels of iron and the heavy metals lead and chromium, which are elevated in herbage from sites where EGS has occurred. Pharmacological evidence indicates that high levels of iron and heavy metals in the diet cause oxidative stress and inhibit GI motility, one of the main symptoms of EGS. Toxic plant species were found at every EGS site visited, but only buttercups were found in abundance at each of these sites, and these were also shown to have elevated levels of a toxic compound (that is released on mastication) compared with controls. CPP researchers hypothesise that it is ingestion of high levels of these metals combined with a GI irritant (such as the toxic compound found in buttercups) that makes equids more vulnerable to infection by opportunistic bacteria.
Details of the study can be found in the article ‘Edaphic and
Phytochemical Factors as predictors of Equine Grass Sickness Cases in
the UK’, by Sarah E Edwards, Kathrin E Martz, Anja Rogge, and Michael
Heinrich, published in Frontiers in Predictive Toxicity. It is available
to download free on-line by clicking Here
Phew - Hugh passes his certificate!
Equine infectious anemia outbreak confirmed
BEVA launch campaign to improve equine oral health
Work has begun on a new vaccine
Although African Horse Sickness (AHS) has not reached the UK the arrival of Bluetongue in 2007 put the equine industry on red alert as the diseases are carried by the same vectors (insects carrying the disease).
A vaccine has been developed in Africa, but it contains a live strain of the disease and therefore is deemed too risky to use on previously unexposed horses.
Defra has announced that it is funding a three year project, £190,000
per year, to develop a safe and effective vaccine. The Institute for
Animal Health in Pirbright, Surrey, is poised to start work on the vaccine,
led by Professor Peter Mertens, head of the vector-borne diseases programme.
Out of Hours Calls
If you have an emergency then please do not text the out of hours phone. This phone is usually kept in the office on divert so we can not guarantee that your text message will be picked up straight away. If you need any of our vets outside of office hours then please call our usual number – 07789 684245 so we can be sure that we receive your call.
LLEP Stud Services launched
We are delighted to announce that, under the umbrella name of LLEP Stud Services, we have expanded the reproduction aspect of the practice and now offer an even broader range of services or your mare and foal.
All of our vets are highly experienced in reproduction work and are ably assisted by our qualified Veterinary Nurse, who is a qualified AI technician. For more information click here
In-house Worm Egg Counts now available
Controlling the worm burden in your horse is an essential part of your
yearly management programme and a faecal sample is an excellent non intrusive
way of assessing the levels of common worms in your horse.
With the growing threat of resistance to wormers owners are being asked to routinely use faecal egg counts to ensure that only those horses that need worming are treated. It is also important to treat your horse with the corect wormer at the correct does as underdosing is another factor for building resistance.
Over weight horses - a welfare issue
Those of you who attended our Too Fat - Too Thin talk will already know
the implications of overweight horses and no doubt will have taken home
your information pack and free DVD provided. The British Equine Veterinary
Association have recently reported that "At
and this includes horses and ponies. Despite the economic downturn, some
people are still significantly overfeeding their horses and ponies, and
ironically, leading to welfare issues."
Is your horse the right weight? For an excellent guide click here
Respiratory talk a great success
The informative talk covered conditions in both the upper and lower respiratory tract, and spectators were treated to some video footage taken by an Optomed Dynamic Respiratory Endoscope. Bob founded his own equine practice, Rainbow Equine Clinic, in Malton North Yorkshire, and is highly regarded for his work in respiratory surgery and orthopaedics.
Loch Leven Equine Practice Manager, Liz Somerville said, “An excellent
night was had by all. We are very grateful to Bob for giving up his spare
time to talk to us, to Intervet-Schering Plough and Norbrook for their
backing and to all of our clients for their continued support and loyalty
to the practice. Our talks are part of our ongoing client education programme
which is so vital in keeping our horses and ponies, fit, healthy and
Loch Leven Equine Practice First Aid kits
Everything you need in an emergency!
Whilst we all hope that we don’t ever need a first aid kit, it is better to be prepared for that emergency situation rather than wishing you had bothered after its too late.
LLEP first aid kits include: Steri-Protect Poultice, Cotton wool, Vetrap
x2, Hibiscrub 500ml, Citrugel, Melonin x2, Soffban, thermometer and useful
wipe clean storage bag. Also includes a First Aid information sheet full
of easy to follow points and advice in case of an emergency situation.
Join our NEW Healthy Horse Club
Join our new Healthy Horse Club and provide your horse with comprehensive veterinary care throughout the year, whilst budgeting your finances and saving money as well!!
What is the Healthy Horse Club?
By joining the Healthy Horse Club you can ensure that your horse receives his annual vaccinations, dental rasp and ‘general MOT’ in the safe hands of the Loch Leven vets, whilst spreading the cost out over the year and saving you money.
We have put together an all inclusive plan which covers annual vaccinations, routine dental work, a detailed health check, a blood sample and a faecal worm egg count complete with a personalised worming programme.The health check will include a trot up and flexion tests, examination of the skin, eyes, heart, teeth and discussion about weight, feeding and foot balance.
The visit will also give you the opportunity to discuss any health worries and provide you with reassurance that your horse or pony is still in great shape for his job. At the visit the vets will also take a blood sample, which will be sent off for analysis, and ask for a faecal sample to check for worms.
Just as importantly we wanted to put together a plan which allowed you to budget effectively for your horse’s care – we all know there can be unexpected veterinary bills but by offering quarterly payments we hope this will let you plan for all of your routine treatment throughout the year.
How do I join?
Call the office and join the club today. A healthy horse is a happy
We are delighted to say that we have passed our inspection and are now a Tier 1 Accredited Practice. The inspector was extremely complimentary and in his report wrote, “The chairman noted the comments that the Practice was extremely well run and the standards of knowledge and care of equines was second to none. The Inspector wished to thank Mrs Somerville for the time and effort she had spent preparing for the inspection and was particularly grateful for the faultless presentation of the paperwork.”
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