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Dates for your diary

We have a number of events coming up.

February - Discounted Gastroscope Clinic - click here
February -Clipping Clinic for horses requiring sedation- click here
February - Dental Clinic with FREE oral endoscope - click here

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

There have been two local confirmed outbreaks of equine flu in Fife and Stirlingshire.

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.

Example charges
1st vaccine done at clinic - £37
2nd vaccine (21-92 days later) - at the clinic - £37
3rd vaccine (150-215 days (approx six months) later) - at clinic £37

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.

Clipping Clinics

Need your horse clipping? Call us to find out more about our clipping under sedation service.

">watch our clipping video here.

Client evening a massive success

Thank you to everyone who came to our client evening on 25th January, which featured Team GBR Event rider Wills Oakden, who chatted about his time at the European Championships, as well as the importance of managing a competition horse from a youngster through to advanced.

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 Loch Leven Equine Practice

We are proud to announce that our chosen charity for 2016 is the Scottish Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA).

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%
Loch Leven Equine Practice Emily Povey

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%.

Happy saving everyone!

Pete Has Passed His Certificate
Pete Burton Loch Leven Equine Practice
We are delighted to welcome Pete back to work and also excited to announce that Pete passed his RCVS Certificate in Equine Dentistry with flying colours.

Pete is one of a handful of people in the UK to hold this post graduate certificate. In addition Pete has received further specific training and is now qualified to undertake Minimally-Invasive Transbuccal Extractions (MTEs), and other advanced dentistry techniques.

We are looking forward to launching our Dental Referral service and welcome inquiries from vets and owners.

Petplan Veterinary Awards

Do you have a favourite vet, or member of the team? You can nominate your favourite team member here: http://www.petplan.co.uk/vetawards/

Clipping Clinics
clipping at Loch Leven Equine Practice
We are running a fortnightly Clipping Clinics at Loch Leven Equine Practice, for those horses requiring sedation. Many horses can get exceptionally stressed by clipping, and can become dangerous, which is why these clinics have been set up.

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

We have made a slight amendment to our terms and conditions which includes a minimum charge of £5.00 for late payment. We have kept our interest at 2.5%. If you are struggling to pay your bill please contact us on 01577 841010 to discuss this with Liz Burton or Liz Somerville. Our new terms and conditions are here.

Clip for a Cure

Following the brain wave of Natalie Young, we were alerted to the 'Clip for a Cure' idea by one of our clients, Rachel Mangto, from RM Equestrian. Having being personally affected by the devestating effect that Grass Sickness can have Rachel is determined to raise as much money and awareness as possible for this awful disease, in order to help find a cure.

At Loch Leven Equine Practcie we have also seen too often the devestrating effects of this disease and this year has been a particulary hard one in terms of Grass Sickness and the number of horses who have contracted the disease. We want to do our bit by helping to raise money for the Equine Grass Sickness Fund and so are fully behind the campaing to 'Clip for a Cure'.

By clipping (or leaving) a triangle on your horse during clipping and then texting 'JSSF60, £3' to 70070 we can raise money and then awareness in a simple and effective way.

For more infomation on Grass Sickness please visit their website by clicking here.

equine grass sickness, clip for a cure, Loch Leven Equine Practice

Welcome to the newest member of our team

We are thrilled that experienced equine vet Jane Haden has joined the practice. Jane has spent a number of years in bisy equine practice and is a real asset to our team.

To read more about Jane see our staff page.

LLEP an Accredited Training Practice
Siobhan Carfray, trainee equine veterinary nurse, Scotland
We are delighted to announce that we have been approved as a Training and Assessment Practice for Veterinary Nurse Training under the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and The College of Animal Welfare.
Currently we are training one nurse, Siobhan Carfray, but can now also accept students training at different centres who are needing to do their equine placements. In order to become a training centre

The College of Animal Welfare undertook a thorough inspection to ensure that we are working to the highest of standards and are able to deliver practical training to meet their criteria.

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

Being a horse vet in the UK appears to carry the highest risk of injury of any civilian occupation in the UK, according to the results of the first ever survey on injuries within the profession. This study, commissioned by the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) and conducted by leading medical professionals at the Institute of Health and Wellbeing and the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Glasgow, has prompted BEVA to raise awareness of these risks within the equine industry and to look at ways of ways of making equine veterinary practice safer.

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

Blue Cross is urging horse owners to stay vigilant and keep their horses away from sycamore following the tragic death of one of the charity’s rehomed ponies from Atypical Myopathy (AM), which is thought to be caused by toxins from the seeds of the tree. In this instance the seeds were inadvertently brought on to the new owner’s field by floodwater.

Atypical Myopathy is a highly fatal muscle disease in the UK and Northern Europe. It is thought to be caused by caused by the ingestion of hypoglycin A, a toxin contained in seeds from the sycamore tree (Acer pseudoplatanus).
British vets have seen an alarming rise in new cases of AM this spring. Young horses appear to be more susceptible as are those being grazed on parched land.

• Feed forage such as hay in parched fields- off of floor in haynets or feed racks
• Do not over stock
• Limit turnout. Ideally stable horses over night
• Section off areas around poisonous trees and collect and dispose of leaves safely away from horses
• Remove young sapling plants
• Be careful of streams running through paddocks as this is thought to be more prevalent in moist places
• Be vigilant of the potential signs of this disease and act quickly if your horse becomes poorly.
• Ensure you check your horse regularly at least 2x daily
• Check your vet insurance is up to date

For more information on Atypical Myopathy please visit BEVA website http://www.beva.org.uk/news-and-events/news/view/438.

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.
A sachet of Butagran is exactly the same as giving your horse a sachet of Equipalazone or Danilon but is less than 50% of the price! 
If you would like any more information please just let us know by calling us on 01577 841010.

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.

We are giving clients the opportunity to bring their horses or ponies to the clinic, get them weighed on our electric scales, measured, body conditioned scored and have a detailed chat about feeding regime. 

Clients will take away a nutritional plan and monthly chart to help manage weight over the summer months.

Siobhan Carfray has recently completed her equine nutrition certificate with Edinburgh University and will be offering advice.

To reserve your FREE place simply call us on 01577 841010.

New Trainee Vet Nurse BlogSiobhan Carfray

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..

Sitting on our panel we were delighted to have Equine Vets Hugh Somerville BVSc Cert AVP ES Orth MRCVS, Anne Logan BVM&S MRCVS, Allen & Page sponsored International showjumper and trainer Mr Ron Brady, Registered Farrier Mr Andrew Dryburgh DipWCF and SPILLERS nutritionalist Jane Smith BHSII BA(Hons) who were chaired by Event Rider and Trainer Mr James Oakden.

The evening covered everything from vettings, foot balance, bare foot shoeing, feeding the larger pony, supplements, training, what to look for in a horse, traveling your horse, cooling down corrcetly and much more. Atendees were then treated to some of Patty's wonderful home baking.

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.

Encysted small redworms are one the most common and harmful worms found in horses.  They are the larval stages of the small redworm that have buried into the lining of the gut where they lie dormant for some time.  They pose a potentially fatal health risk but won’t show up in a standard faecal worm egg count. 

Encysted small redworm must be treated properly during late autumn or winter, otherwise they may develop and emerge en masse from the gut wall in the early spring, causing diarrhoea and colic with a mortality rate of up to 50%1. 

Zoetis vet Wendy Talbot said: “Continual education is imperative to make sure every owner knows how to keep his or her horse healthy. The short video on www.esrw.co.uk succinctly explains the threat of encysted small redworm and how to minimise the risks. Owners can then test their knowledge with the quick quiz and download a leaflet, before discussing the best treatment options with their vet or SQP.”

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 to everyone who attended and to our team for their valuable time and input.

The next talk is on Wednesday 19th March and will be a Q&A panel. This is a completely free talk and is open to clients and non clients. Please call the office on 01577 841010 to reserve your ticket.

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

Siobhan CarfrayWe 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.

Originating from Dalgety Bay Siobhan has always had a love of horses having worked with Lucinda Russell for the last eight years.

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.

People who attended the course learnt about the basics of first aid, when to call a vet, what to do in an emergency, how to apply first aid bandages corrcetly and taking TPR.

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!Loch Leven Loddon Stables

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.

This will be a fun and informative evening which is absolutely FREE and open to clients and non clients. The evening will take place on Wednesday 24th July at Kinross Parish Church Auditorium at 7pm sharp. Tea and coffee will be provided.

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.

Please call the practice on 01577 840022 to reserve your ticket. 

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.

The horses seen ranged from behavioural issues to a fear of loading. Richard worked with each horse and owner individually giving them all areas to work on. There has been so much positive feedback from the day that we are considering organising another clinic in the foreseeable future. For some images from the day have a look at our facebook page by clicking here.

A big thank you to everyone who took park on the day, to Jill Ogg for the wonderful facilities at Lochview stables, to Richard for coming and a special thank you to Eve for organising the event.

If you are interested in participating in a future event please email Liz Burton by clicking here.

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.

Welcome Hannah

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!


New Blog!!

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.

This monthly blog will follow Marmaduke III, otherwise know as Tigger and Liz Somerville over the next year to see how they progress. Read Liz and Tigger's first blog by clicking the button on the left, or by clicking the link.


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
(including neurological disease in horses in Devon, Somerset, East Anglia and Gloucestershire) since November 2012, EHV-1 is, and always has been, an ever present threat among horses attending and mixing at equine events.

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!

This has also highlighted the importance of using a reputable company for the uplift of your horse or pony should the need arise. We have a very good relationship with both Equine Recovery Services and Grayshill and have their guarantee that every horse or pony uplifted on our behalf will not end up in the human food chain.

For more information please click here.

Insurance explained

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 AnnouncedMergnig teams

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?
It won't - you can be assured of the same excellent level of service and care for you and your horse, we are simply expanding our team with your interests in mind.

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.

Vaccination helpsheet

 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.
If this is not done within the 365 days you will need to start your vaccination programme again. Please note we can not back-date passports!
For more information click here.

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

pony with laminitisTo 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.

Professor Celia Marr, equine clinician, RCVS and European Specialist in Equine Medicine and editor of the EVJ explains : “In view of the growing public interest in high quality science, there is increasing demand for easy, open access to journal articles via the internet, particularly on topics such as laminitis. In recent years, there has been an explosion of knowledge and new thinking about this devastating condition. We have also recognised that some of the old-fashioned remedies, such as standing in cold water, have sound science behind them. I hope that horse owners who are unfortunate enough to have come across laminitis will find this new online resource valuable.”
The EVJ laminitis virtual issue, comprising 15 original research articles on topics including the role of insulin, the effects of cryotherapy and the regulation of epidermal stem cells in affected horses, is available by clicking here.

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.


Jenny Petplan AwardsA 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.
Although neighter Jenny or Pete has made the final three these prestigous awards recignise equine veterinary professionals and it is a real honur to be nominated.

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

Loch Leven Equine Practice Clipping ServiceAfter 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*
Hunter clip (including half head) £55
Blanket clip (half head) £52
Trace/chaser clip £45

Don't take our word for it - here is what one of our clients has to say:
"Having struggled with rugs all year round for the last five years I decided to send Missy to Loch Leven to get clipped after hearing good reports. I was amazed with the service. They were sympathetic and understanding when Missy was nervous and took time to ensure she did not get a fright. When I went back at night I collected a very smart and pretty pony with a trace clip, she even had half her face clipped! I am delighted with the result. Thank you very much."

Rebecca Greenhorn

Prices include clipping, all sedation and sedation fee when horses are bought to the clinic. For more information and to book your place call 01577 840022.

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.
The announcement comes following a successful grant application to the Scottish Rural Development Programme who have awarded funding towards the construction and specialist equipment for the first equine veterinary hospital in Tayside. This will enable the treatment of surgical conditions, routine out-patient cases, intensive care of in-patient horse and emergency treatments to be delivered locally in Kinross and offer an alternative referral service for other equine practices throughout Scotland.
The project will protect seven full-time jobs and as the business develops it will potentially create up to seven new posts, providing wider economic benefits. 

Director Hugh Somerville says “We are delighted that the Scottish Government has recognised the need for this new venture and has agreed to help provide support towards the building of our new surgical facilities. Developing the Practice over the last 7 years has been very rewarding – but this important step to providing the full service is going to be the most exciting yet. This will help all of our clients and enable us to provide much needed local surgical facilities that will also supply central and northern Scotland.”

Building is expected to be completed in Spring 2013.

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.

Warmblooded animals can keep functioning in cold conditions, but to do so they expend much energy maintaining their body temperature. Some primitive species seemed able to allow their temperature to fall to conserve energy. It was thought that animals lost this ability as a consequence of domestication. But recent studies have shown that the Przewalski horse, the primitive relative of the modern day horse, seems to have retained the ability to control its body temperature according to the environmental conditions.

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'

Pete BurtonThank 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 successLoch Leven Equine Practice Practical First Aid Session

Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd March saw two Practical First Aid sessions take place hosted by Jenny Croft and Lynsey McKay.

The sessions covered basic first aid, what to do when faced with different emergency situations, looking for lameness and how to bandage correctly. Everyone was encouranged to get stuck in and have a go at taking pulses and applying different kinds of bandages, picking up lots if helpful tips on the way.

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 announcedpractical talk

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.

The first two sessions are set to take place on Friday 2nd March from 12.30pm-2.30pm and Saturday 3rd March from 10am-12noon and each session is open to both clients and non-clients.

The first aid courses are hosted by our qualified equine vet nurse, Lynsey McKay who says “It’s a very friendly interactive hands-on course which covers all basic first aid from taking pulses to bandaging correctly. We will also look at the structures of the lower leg, where and what to look for when assessing lameness and how to deal with different emergency situations.”   

The first two courses will take place at the Practice, near Kinross. Refreshments will be provided and tickets are priced at just £10 per person. Places are limited to 12 per session so book early to avoid disappointment. For more information and to get your ticket call the office on 01577 840022.

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.  
Hugh Somerville BVSc Cert AVP (ES-O) MRCVS, a Partner from Loch Leven Equine Practice says, “We have wanted to build a new Equine Clinic for several years, and having obtained Planning Permission we are now looking forward to making this happen. The new clinic will have full surgical facilities, which will include a specialist padded knock-down box and separate operating theatre, which will allow us to provide a surgical service in addition to better surfaces for lameness investigations.”

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."  
Well done Jenny!

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

Our first ever practical first aid session, which was exclusive to our Healthy Horse Club members, was a huge success.
The talk, which took place at the clinic on Saturday 24th September, saw our vet nurse Lynsey and Veterinary Assistant Jenny talk about basic first aid, when to call the vet, what to look for when trotting a horse up, dealing with an emergency and how to bandage correctly.

Lynsey put her wonderful article talents to use and used model ‘Randi’ to draw the bones and soft tissue structures of the lower front leg in order to demonstrate areas where wounds were a greater cause for concern.
After being treated to some home baking, courtesy of Practice Manager Liz and all-round superstar, Patty, members then got a chance to put their own bandaging to the test under the close supervision of the team.

The talk was free for Healthy Horse Club members and is part of our ongoing initiative to support horse welfare and educating owners in the area. For more information on our Healthy Horse Club click here.

Jenny becomes a Certificate holder!

A 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.”
A Certificate is the first level of postgraduate qualification awarded by RCVS, and indicates that the holder is a competent clinician who has proved their experience and expertise by examination in their chosen subject.
Hugh also recently gained his Equine Orthopaedic Surgery and Pete is currently studying for a Certificate in Equine Practice.

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 talk was hugely beneficial, interesting and very worth while” said Practice Manager Liz, “Some of the pictures of wounds that were shown weren’t that shocking as we see then in our line of work, but to see a picture of a horse that had gone through a car windscreen was really shocking. It makes you realise how dangerous situations can be for both the people and for the horses.”

“ We now need to make sure that our local fire and rescue service have the equipment and knowledge they need to deal with these situations. We are currently looking at ways in which we can work together with Tayside Fire and Rescue Service in order to help make this happen.”

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

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Patty has won the Petplan Veterinary Support Staff of the Year Award at the prestigious Petplan Vet Awards 2011.

The national awards, which are also known as the 'Oscars' of the veterinary world, recognise and celebrate staff and practices throughout the country that have delivered an exceptional level of care to the nation's pets and their owners. The categories cover all aspects of veterinary including small animal, equine and mixed practices.

Patty was nominated for being the ‘hub’ of Loch Leven Equine Practice, with her ability to organise and multitask whilst offering excellent customer service recognised as outstanding. Petplan received 2,800 nominations for the awards, which saw just three finalists from each category invited to attend a lavish ceremony at Birmingham Town Hall on March 31.

After receiving her award Patty said, “I am delighted; I was just doing my job and didn’t expect to win the award. It’s worth going the extra mile when you get recognised for it. The ceremony was spectacular and I had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.” In addition to winning a commemorative plaque Patty also won gift vouchers which she says she is going to use to take everyone at the practice white water rafting.

To watch a short video of Patty click here

The most common ailment in horses is lameness

According to research via the Blue Cross, in the country's first National Equine Health Survey, the most common veterinary problem afflicting British 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.

Following the success of the survey, the Blue Cross will collect data twice a year and is urging horse owners to sign up for the next survey, from 9-15 May. To register online, visit www.bluecross.org.uk/NEHS

Healthy Horse Talk a huge success

Last week (Thursday March 3) saw our first talk of the year, ‘How Healthy is your Horse?’ which was a huge success with over 100 people attending.
The free talk, which took place at Kinross Community Centre saw presentations from our very own Hugh Somerville BVSc CertAVP (ES-O) MRCVS, Lynsey Mckay RVN and guest speaker Ben Gaskell MRCVS from drug company Pfizer, who kindly sponsored the talk.

Hugh began the evening talking about teeth anatomy, the importance of dentals and routine dental examinations, Lynsey followed this up with a controversial interactive discussion on weight and how to fat score your horse, while Ben rounded up the presentations talking about vaccines and the new thinking on worming.

The evening was rounded up by the interactive audience asking a range of excellent questions, followed by refreshments and a chance to speak to the vets further. Lots of information on how to body score your horse was handed out and Pfizer also kindly handed out free weight tapes for the audience to take away.

“ We are really delighted everyone came to support the talk and we had some fabulous interactive questions from the audience. Ben was excellent and we are very grateful to Pfizer for their support with this evening. The topics covered are all very relevant to everyday horse care and everyone seemed to enjoy their evening” said Practice Manager Liz Somerville.

Lynsey passes examsLynsey

Well done to our vet nurse Lynsey McKay who has recently passed her AMTRA (Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority) ‘top up’ equine exams which will allow her to remain registered as a SQP (Suitably Qualified Persons). SQP’s are animal health advisors - a category of professionally qualified persons who are entitled to prescribe and/or supply certain veterinary medicines under the Veterinary Medicines Regulations. Lynsey underwent two days of exams including a Viva.

New Strangles Vaccine

Intervet / Schering Plough Animal Health, the European market leader in equine vaccines, has announced the re-introduction of Equilis Strep E, the only strangles vaccine for horses in Europe.

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?

A pilot study, carried out at the University of Nottingham's School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, found that at least one in five leisure horses was overweight or obese and that owners were likely to underestimate body condition score.

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

Researchers from the Centre for Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy (CPP), at The School of Pharmacy, University of London, have recently completed a study on equine grass sickness (EGS), a distressing and usually fatal disease of grazing horses, ponies and donkeys that affects their autonomic nervous system, resulting in lowered motility and paralysis of the gastro-intestinal (GI) tract.

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!

A huge congratulations go to Hugh, (now Hugh Somerville BVSc Cert AVP ES Orth MRCVS), who last week passed his post graduate Certificate in Equine Orthopaedic Surgery, with flying colours.
As one of only a handful of vets in Scotland to hold this qualification Hugh said, “I am delighted to have passed” said Hugh, “It is a culmination of 13 years of experience in purely equine practice, and a lot of hard work over the past year. As a practice it shows our continued commitment to our clients and their horses and the service we provide.”

Equine infectious anemia outbreak confirmed

Equine industry warned to be on red alert as equine infectious anemia (EIA) is found in Devon. This comes just days after a case in Northumberland was confirmed. The two cases are said not to be linked. Unlike the previous cases of EIA in Wiltshire in January and Northumberland last week, this horse has been in the country for two years. It only became ill recently, and has been humanely destroyed.
Defra has launched an investigation into how the horse came to contract swamp fever (EIA), and the premises on which the horse was kept is under restrictions. Another two horses on the premises are being tested for evidence of EIA.
For more information click here

BEVA launch campaign to improve equine oral health
The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) has launched the ‘Equine Happy Mouth’ campaign to increase awareness of equine oral health. The campaign is set to outline the risks of disease and dental problems in horses and donkeys and the importance of regular thorough dental examinations. The equine happy mouth campaign is the first of a series of annual equine health projects to be championed by BEVA. Future topics include laminitis, obesity, metabolic disease and mare and foal management.

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.
Nine different vaccines will be made for the nine AHS variants, which will then be produced for the mass market at an affordable price. Long term it may be possible to produce one vaccine for all nine strains.
AHS is the most devastating equine disease in the world and kills around 90% of the horses it infects, leaving crippling impacts on communities, especially where working equids are an integral part of surviving. For more information on AHS go to www.defra.gov.uk

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

Faecal worm egg counts are now available in-practice for just £8.50 including VAT.
Having faecal worm egg counts done can avoid unnessacary worming, saving you money on wormers and helping to prevent resistance. Simply gather your sample (no more than a golf ball size) in a sealable sandwhich bag, or similar, and either post it to the practice or give it to the vets at the time of visit. Remember to take samples from different areas of the dropping.

As always we aim to provide an excellent service and you will get the results within 24 hours of the practice recieving the sample (on working days). As with all faecal worm egg counts it can’t identify tapeworms - this still needs to be done in separate blood test.

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.

Worm egg counts of 50-100 per gram need not necessarily be treated, as some level of worm infestation is thought to enhance natural immunity. A worm burden can lead to lack of performance, weight loss, colic, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, anaemia, dullness and respiratory problems.

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 present, the country is facing an epidemic of overweight animals, 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."

A recent survey conducted by World Horse Welfare suggests that nearly half of the horses andponies in the UK are overweight or obese. The effects of too much weight are emormous and include laminitis, arthritis, heart and lung disease, Equine Metabolic Syndrome and insulin resistance.

Is your horse the right weight? For an excellent guide click here

Respiratory talk a great success
Bob Ordidge (centre) joins the team for a talk in Respiritory Disease
Loch Leven Equine Practice were delighted to welcome renowned equine vet Bob Ordidge BVSc, Cert ES(Orth), MRCVS (centre), to present an interesting talk on respiratory problems in the horse on Friday 13th November at the Dewars Centre, Perth.

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 happy!”

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.

For only £30 can you afford not to have one? Call the office to order yours today.

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?
Here at Loch Leven Equine Practice we believe that a healthy horse goes a long way to being a happy horse and we know that you do too. Our Healthy Horse Club is specifically designed to provide your horse with all of the essential routine veterinary care that they need throughout the whole year, to give you peace of mind when it comes to your horse’s wellbeing.

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?
Simply call Emily or Patty in the office and they will send out your joing form and payment plan. After your first payment has been recieved we will then arrange for your first aid kit to be delivered, and you can make an appointment for your horse any time after that.

Club Rules!
The boring bit! There is no initial joining fee. Payments for the plan are quarterly (£45), all treatments will only be given after the first quarterly payment has been taken. Clients must agree to sign a 12 month payment plan. The first aid kits will be delivered after the first payment has been received. Joining is at our discretion. The plan includes one visit fee per year. Appointments for the vaccination, dental rasp and health check to be made in advance and taken in normal working hours. The club does not affect other work undertaken by Loch Leven Equine Practice.

Call the office and join the club today. A healthy horse is a happy horse.

Practice Standards Scheme

Horse owners always want to ensure their animals recieve the best possible care from their vets, but how can they be sure? The RCVS ensures that all vets are properly qualified and fit to practise but by registering with the voluntary Practice Standards Scheme, practices have to adhere to and maintain the highest standards of veterinary care. We decided that to keep improving our service to our clients and give them piece of mind we should register to join the scheme.

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.”

FREE Condition score
Our qualified vet nurse, Lynsey McKay is available to come to your yard to condition score your horse and help to advise on feeding through out the winter months. This is a free service for all clients. Please contact the office to book your appointment today.


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Loch Leven Equine Practice
Beauford Paddock
Kinross KY13 0LS
Tel: 01577 841010