Routine Stud Work

Our experienced stud farm vets have particular expertise in equine reproduction and stud medicine and provide daily ambulatory services to many local Thoroughbred stud farm clients. During the breeding season, this includes routine gynaecological and pregnancy examinations, mare and foal treatments, obstetric and neonatal emergencies, fertility problems and barren mare checks.

Our services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If needed, referral to our Equine Hospital can be achieved promptly for emergency surgical or medical treatment by our team of specialists, including caesarean section, intensive care for adults, and for neonatal and older foals.

Laboratory Support

Our specialist equine laboratory, Rossdales Laboratories, is approved by the Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) for bacteriological testing under their Codes of Practice quality assurance scheme.  It accepts samples from our own clinicians and from other practices throughout the UK and EU.  Our efficient and cost-effective service ensures rapid turnaround of results to our own clinicians and to those of other practices.

During the breeding season and throughout the year, the laboratory processes large numbers of genital swab and smear samples from mares and swab samples from stallions for venereal disease and uterine infection screening. We provide PCR testing for CEM screening and for a range of other infections, including Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Streptococcus equi (strangles), Rhodococcus equi (summer pneumonia), Lawsonia intracellularis (proliferative enteritis) and Equine Herpesviruses 1 and 4.

We examine aborted equine foetuses and their placentas for EHV-1 screening and the wider diagnosis of cause of abortion.  Blood samples can be examined for accurate foal IgG analysis and for all other reasons, involving haematological, biochemical, endocrinological and serological tests, including specific R. equi and S. equi antibody assays. 

Mare and Stallion Infertility Investigations