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Somerford Park Equine Clinic

Offering full hospitalisation, surgical and in-patient care

Our tier 2 RCVS accredited equine clinic at Somerford Park enables us to carry out much more detailed investigations and treatment, surgeries, and provide more complex care for your horse when this is needed. The new clinic has been designed and built by our team to improve our workflow, patient care, and client experience.

Our Facilities

  • Twelve large airy monarch stables

  • Two large treatment rooms, with stocks in each room.

  • Two padded recovery / knockdown boxes

  • State of the art operating theatre, with excellent anaesthetic monitoring

  • Dedicated laboratory for processing samples and worm egg counts

  • Reception and waiting area for clients and a meeting room for private consultations regarding your horse.

For a tour of the equine clinic at Somerford Park please follow this link

What to expect

Our nursing team including a number of qualified Equine Veterinary Nurses, will look after your horse, pony or donkey, at all times ensuring they receive the very best care during their stay. 

On arrival at the clinic, you will check in with our receptionist, where your passport will be checked and the relevant paperwork and consent forms completed. The nursing team will then help you unload your horse, and settle them into our day stables.  

Your case vet will talk to you regarding your horse’s history, problems, and carry out a full examination. Your vet will talk you through what they see, any further investigations needed, the diagnosis and any recommended treatment options and ensure that you have sufficient time and information to make informed decisions, in conjunction with the vet regarding the best treatment for your horse, given your specific circumstances. 

We appreciate leaving your horse in a clinic is a worrying time for anyone, so if your horse does need to stay with us for a period of time, or overnight, our clinical and reception team will ensure they are well looked after and that you are kept up to date with how they are doing on a regular basis.

If, due to work or other commitments you are unable to be with your horse whilst at the clinic, we can arrange for you to drop them off early in the morning and pick up later, and will discuss progress over the telephone during the day. 

Services

  • Surgery & Anaesthesia
  • Advanced dentistry and referrals
  • Reproduction services
  • Stud Medicine
  • Lameness Evaluation
  • Therapeutic Treatment
  • Video Endoscopy
  • Worming
  • Specialist Clinics
  • Payments
  • Insurance

Surgery & Anaesthesia

Many of our operations are carried out by our Claire Phillips, Clinical Director, and where appropriate other visiting surgeons with specialism in their chosen area. Nic Harries and Rachel Helm are responsible for the General Anaesthesia and monitoring of our patients. We also have a number of visiting specialists where specific expertise is necessary. This includes:

  • Surgery for joint infections
  • Back surgery such as Dorsal Spinal Processes
  • Suspensory surgery
  • Keyhole Joint Surgery
  • Castrations
  • Laser Sarcoid Surgery
  • A range of common soft tissue surgeries

 

Advanced dentistry and referrals

Mark Tabachnik and Nic Harries are both qualified Equine Dental Technicians. As such, we are perfectly placed to provide your horse with all their dental healthcare requirements, from routine rasping to more complex corrections and extractions. We also deal with referrals from vets and other equine dental technicians.  We have an oral endoscope and regularly treat special cases such as diastemas and fillings.

  • Fillings
  • Diastema widening
  • Extractions
  • MTE

Reproduction services

We offer a wide range of reproduction services; pre-breeding examinations; mare management; artificial insemination; pregnancy diagnosis; in-foal mare management; detection of reduced fertility in the mare and post foaling checks. 

Stud Medicine

Led by Liz Brown, we offer a wide range of reproductive services both at the clinic and at your yard. Somerford Park is a BEVA approved Artificial Insemination (AI) clinic for frozen semen.

Lameness Evaluation

In most cases it is preferable/ essential to bring your horse into the clinic do carry out a full lameness investigation when the reason for the lameness is not immediately obvious – eg. Abscess. However, if this is absolutely not possible, we can discuss how best to approach this at your yard.

A full lameness investigation would involve:

  • Physical examination
  • X rays
  • Ultrasound Scans
  • Gait assessment - walk and trot on hard surface, lunged/ ridden on a variety of different surfaces
  • Nerve blocks – small amount of local anaesthetic at strategic points, and once taken effect re-assessment to review difference
  • Treatments include joint injections, ethanol, healing enhancing drugs (PRP, Arthramid)

Therapeutic Treatment

As part of the ongoing treatment and to aid the recovery of a horse particularly after certain orthopaedic procedures we will carry out a series of therapeutic treatments – including shockwave, acupuncture or ultrasound treatment. Ultrasound therapy can be done either at the clinic or on farm, and we can hire out the relevant ultrasound equipment to allow you to complete this treatment yourself following appropriate instruction.

Video Endoscopy

Whilst endoscopies can if necessary be carried out on farm, it is better where possible to do this at the clinic. These can be used to assess:

  • Breathing difficulties/issues – 1.3m video endoscope to image upper respiratory tract, larynx and trachea
  • 3 m gastroscope to image stomach and assess for gastric ulcers when displaying symptoms

Video/ Images can be seen on the laptop and stored to aid diagnosis.

Worming

Worming your horse is an essential part of maintaining its health. Many owners use regular worming throughout the year to control the levels of worms in their horse’s gut. We offer a variety of worm control options, checks and worming. The cost of a worm check is about £10 and groups of 10 or more will receive a 10% discount.

We also have a strategic worming plan, that for an annual fee will provide you with everything you need to correctly manage your horses’ monitoring and treatment for worms, including Worm Egg Count kits, annual wormer, and tape work saliva test, as well as unlimited advice from our Veterinary Nurses/ SQP. 

Please contact the office on 01260 280800 and speak to Louise Pailor for more information on this.

Specialist Clinics

From time to time we hold specialist clinics at our clinic at Somerford.  These will be advertised via social media and our newsletter and will take place at relevant times throughout the year. 

  • Gastroscopy clinic
  • Performance Clinic

Payments

There are a number of ways to pay for your visit / monthly invoice:

  • BACs – our bank details can be found at the bottom of your invoice
  • Credit card/ Debit card/ Applepay (sorry we do not take AMEX) over the telephone or face to face
  • Cash

Invoices are processed on the 1st of every month and payment is requested within 28 days. Failure to settle your account within the required time period will result in administrative surcharges.

Insurance

If, following discussion with your vet, you decide to make an insurance claim, we can help you with this. It is your responsibility to be familiar with the details of your horse’s cover in your policy, any exclusions etc.We will talk you through the claims process and ensure that your insurance company receives all the relevant information from us in a timely manner, keeping you informed at all times of where your claim is up to.All you need to do is open the claim with your insurers, complete and sign the relevant form and give this to us, pay your excess and leave the rest to us.