With the Scottish Government’s planned relaxation of some lockdown measures this week we have been working towards increasing our capacity to offer all routine work again.
We now have 3 full time vets back working alongside the team at the practice. We have undertaken lots of planning and detailed risk assessments which will be available on our website shortly along with a client information sheet on managing visits to your yard.
Our planning has included the need for PPE to be worn by both the vet and client during a visit, in order to keep people safe when we are unable to maintain that all important 2m distance. We know we have said it a lot already but we don’t believe it is safe to tie a horse up in the stable and examine and inject them without you being there, and it is impossible for someone to hold a horse and be 2m away unless the vet is at the back end of some of our larger horses! So far both our clients and patients have all been very supportive and our concern that face coverings or masks may frighten the horses, doesn’t seem to be the case!
We are also starting lameness workups, vettings and routine surgeries at the clinic. Having this facility allows us to safely work with these cases that take longer and therefore increase the ‘contact time’ with a handler. Horses can be dropped off with us for the day and we can keep everyone safe!
For those of you that sadly had to miss annual boosters during the initial lockdown period we are getting these re-started. Our vaccine supplier has agreed to support us with an initiative that means we can offer the second vaccine free of charge. Normal visit fees will still apply but we are trying wherever possible to group vaccines on the same yard together so you can split the visit fee, and you will also get 5% discount for payment on the day. The second vaccine needs to have been done by 31st July so please give us a call if we haven’t already been in touch and we will get you booked in.
It is starting to feel like there is a bit of light at the end of the tunnel although I think some of the team are looking forward to a well-earned holiday at some point! Hopefully we will all be able to get out and about on our ponies very soon but for now stay safe and well.