We are now undertaking appointments for routine procedures, including vaccinations and dental care, as well as pre-purchase examinations, subject to a risk assessment and strict social distancing rules.
The guidelines below apply to ensure the safety of both our vets and our clients:
- For all appointments, on arrival, the horse should be tied up either outside or inside the stable.
- For vaccinations, provided that the horse is well behaved, the horse will be vaccinated by the vet without the owner/yard manager holding on to the horse’s head. If it is necessary for the owner/yard manager to hold on to the horse’s head, it will be difficult to observe social distancing and, in line with current Government guidance, we will require that person to wear a face covering.
- If the horse is difficult to vaccinate, please advise us when booking the visit, so an appropriate plan can be made.
- Please leave the passport out for the vet to sign and remain at a minimum of two metres distance from the vet. If multiple horses are being vaccinated, please allocate one person to assist the vet, with all others remaining at a suitable distance away. The person assisting the vet should wear a face covering.
- Previous advice applies regarding clients who are self-isolating/in contact with COVID-19 cases/showing clinical signs of COVID-19.
PLEASE NOTE THAT IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK WHEN YOUR HORSE’S VACCINATION IS DUE. We regret that the vaccination amnesty offer is no longer available for overdue vaccinations.
We are now able to carry out routine dental examinations. In order to perform these procedures safely and within the social distancing guidelines, our vets are likely to wish to sedate the horse or pony.
Pre-Purchase Examinations (PPEs)
It is now possible for our vets to undertake pre-purchase examinations under conditions where we can ensure social distancing will be possible. In some circumstances, it may be necessary for our vet to be accompanied by one of our veterinary technicians for various aspects of the process, and they may be required to help present the horse for examination. If the person who is handling the horse for our vet to examine is not a member of our Rossdales team, they will be required to wear a face covering for procedures during the vetting process where the vet is required to be less than two metres from the handler.
We reserve the right to refuse to perform any procedures where the horses are not amenable to handling and where social distancing protocols cannot be safely maintained.
Please contact the practice on 01638 663150 (Newmarket clients) and 01462 790221 (Hertfordshire clients) to discuss your requirements, or if you have any questions about the revised guidance.
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