Hugh Somerville MRCVS, Karen Wilson MRCVS and Siobhan Carfray REVN joined a team of five other equine vets to volunteer their time and expertise for an educational and welfare castration clinic held at Bowhouse Equestrain Centre. The day was organised by the BEVA Trust which is a charitable arm of The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) and run in association with the British Horse Society (BHS) with support from the Blue Cross, Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Bransby Donkey Sanctuary, RSPCA and World Horse Welfare.
22 horses attended the clinic for worming, microchipping, passporting and dentistry with 18 colts and stallions being castrated by the team of vets. The aim of these events is to reduce accidental breeding, improve welfare, help with identification and traceability of horses and to engage with horse owners about the importance of good quality veterinary care.
Loch Leven Equine Practice was asked to provide all of the drugs and equipment for the day with Hugh acting as the lead vet on the day….
“As well as providing much needed veterinary treatment to horses within the local area and education and advice to their owners, I was really pleased to be able to help develop the skill set and confidence of some of the younger vets attending. Siobhan who is a registered equine veterinary nurse was a brilliant asset to the team, making sure all the equipment was cleaned and sterilised after each castration and ensuring we had enough sedation, antibiotics, tetanus and pain relief drawn up and ready for use. This is the first clinic to take place in Scotland and we were delighted that the day was such a success.”