As of 18th May, there have been no new updates and we continue to follow the guidance below.
From 23rd March, for an initial 3-week period, veterinary practices have been physically open for urgent and emergency cases only, following government advice and professional guidance from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and British Veterinary Association (BVA).
Following new guidance, from 14th April, some additional services can be offered to our horses, while still following COVID-19 guidelines and strict social distancing. Any additional services we can offer will depend on a risk assessment which considers the safety of our clients and teams with the welfare of your horse, to ensure the most appropriate course of action is determined. Of course, Milbourn Equine Vets continues to be physically open for urgent and emergency cases.
As we continue to comply with social distancing rules, our vets are working remotely to reduce the spread of COVID-19. It is likely that fewer appointments will be available and that we will need to prioritise cases on clinical assessment and need.
Examples of services which may be possible:
Vaccination – We are now able to vaccinate your horse if it is due, or imminently due, its annual vaccination. Primary courses will also be provided as we consider tetanus vaccination to be essential. However, 6-monthly boosters for competition purposes are currently not being performed. We will use our professional judgment and discretion to assess each individual situation and advise you on the best course of action.
Colt castration – via a telephone questionnaire, we will assess your horse’s situation based on age and environment and decide if the castration is essential or if it can be safely delayed further.
Artificial Insemination – will only be provided at our clinic, to enable us to better manage the safety of our teams. Please call if you would like to find out more.
If your horse requires one of the above treatments, please get in touch.
We are currently reviewing how best to re-introduce some of these services while keeping you and our teams as safe as possible – so please bear with us, it may take us longer to answer calls or respond to email/web requests. If you have any other concerns about your horse’s health, please contact us to discuss how we can help you.
Medicines and prescriptions – will still be supplied, however the process for ordering may have changed. Please call if you require more.
We realise you may be feeling anxious about your horse’s wellbeing. However, we wanted to reassure you that we’ll do all we can to support you and your horse – should the need arise.
Guidance for visiting a practice:
If you are visiting a practice for an urgent or emergency appointment, to collect medicines or we are visiting your premises, the following precautions are in place to protect everyone who works in and visits our practice:
- If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, had close contact with someone who has, or you’re experiencing symptoms (new persistent cough and/or fever), and your horse needs veterinary care, please call us. We will be able to advise you on how your horses can receive the care they need.
- If you have been self-isolated with COVID-19 and have recently visited one of our practices or we have visited your premises, please let us know as soon as possible. This is so we can implement measures to protect our staff and other clients.
- When you arrive, please wait outside and call our reception team to notify them of your arrival.
- We will advise you of how we can safely examine your horse.
- We request that you remain in your car or outside of the practice, where possible, to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff. We will call you during the consultation to discuss any appropriate treatment options.
- When possible, schedule appointments in advance to not only reduce your wait time but also enable us to better prepare for your horse’s health needs prior to their arrival.
- If your horse is hospitalised at our facility, we are asking clients not to visit at this time.
- If you need to change any appointments because you are in isolation, please call us and we will rearrange these for you.
We are following the government’s most recent advice regarding the measures we need to take to help control the spread of COVID-19.