Equine – Services & Facilities

Equine - Services & Facilities

Our very experienced equine veterinary surgeons are dedicated to our Equine Practice.

Our clients range from many individual leisure horse owners and pony club members, through to serious competition riders, racing stables and international renown studs.  So you can be sure that we have the experience and knowledge to meet your individual needs.

We pride ourselves in ensuring the treatment we recommend is appropriate to the stage of any illness or injury, and work with you, to both ensure your horse's speediest recovery and to minimise the costs to you, giving great value.

As our veterinary surgeons are located throughout the area we serve clients in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Middlesex and Northamptonshire.  In addition, by special arrangement, we can provide veterinary services outside of this area and abroad.

We are able to provide the full range of veterinary services, including:

-  Lameness investigations
-  Elective Surgery
-  Dentistry
-  Digital radiography
-  Ultrasound
-  Endoscopy
-  Shockwave treatment
-  AI (BEVA Accredited)
-  Pre-purchase and insurance examinations ("vettings")
-  JMB/FEI height measurements
-  Remedial farriery clinics
-  In-house laboratory
-  CEM testing
-  Out of hours emergency veterinary cover

Facilities – Equine Clinic

  • Loading and unloading ramps
  • 8 large boxes/foaling boxes
  • Dedicated trot up area
  • Dedicated lunging areas
  • X-ray facilities
  • Surgical and examination facilities
  • Indoor school
  • Menage
  • Paddocks
  • FEI/JMB measurement facilities


Horses and ponies can get tooth ache, cavities and gum disease. In addition, because domesticated horses and ponies do not graze as much as wild horses, their teeth tend to grow sharp enamelled points that need to be rasped at regular intervals. So, just like us they require regular dental health check-ups, ideally every 6 months to maintain them in the best of health.

No lay persons should perform any procedures in the horse's mouth without suitable approved training. It is therefore highly recommended that you use the services of a veterinary surgeons or appropriately DEFRA approved qualified Equine Dental Technician (EDT). Qualified EDTs are approved to conduct certain dental procedures that are known as Category 2 dental work, whilst veterinary surgeons are qualified to conduct this and Category 3 dental work.  MORE >>>

Please note that BEVA and BVDA only recognise the term "equine dentist" for those with a medical degree in equine dentistry.

The Practice has considerable experience working with EDTs: in administering sedatives to enable the EDT to complete their work; providing supervision, advice and assistance to EDTs; or when a horse or pony is referred to us by the EDT for Category 3 dental work that only a veterinary surgeon is qualified to undertake.

Routine Health Checks is an ideal time to have your horse or pony's teeth and mouth checked by our vets, which will also keep your costs as low as possible.

See our Equine "Animal Care Guides" for more information on Dental Care.

See also our Free Dental Visit promotion.


As a veterinary practice, we find that there are many facts about a vetting that a purchaser or vendor are unsure about or have misunderstood. The leaflet opposite explains the different types of vetting, why each is relevant to a different situation and what is required of both a purchaser and a vendor.

An example "Vetting" Certificate"

Additional Guidance Notes

2 Stage Examination.

The Pre purchase examination (PPE) provides a general routine of examination and consists of 5 stages, which have been developed and found to be a satisfactory means of detecting signs of disease or injury. A 2 Stage PPE restricts the examination to the 1. Preliminary Examination and 2. Walk and Trot, In Hand stages only and may not reveal certain conditions that may be discovered during the course of a full 5 Stage examination. 

When booking a 2-stage "vetting" you will be required to confirm that you accept the limitations that this examination has compared to a 5-stage.

JMB Measurements

The Joint Measurement Board was established in 1934 to run a national scheme for the measurement of the height of horses and ponies for the purpose of description and classification of such horses and ponies for competition. We are able to provide an official JMB measurement at our Barrettstown Equine Clinic (Official Measurer/Pad No: 0401 Terry Horgan MVB MRCVS).

Measurements are carried out on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, normally in the morning. To book a measurement please contact our Equine Office.

Worm Control

Parasite Control in Horses can be complicated and a wide range of factors need to be considered to ensure that effective protocols are put in place. Horses grazing together are at risk of spreading worms to each other, busy yards with horses coming and going would provide a higher risk. In a yard environment, it is important that all owners and the Yard Manager (where there is one) work together when it comes to worming. A targeted worming programme can also save you up to £50 pa.

What Worm Where? Know the parasites that threaten your horse.

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Vaccinations – Equine Influenza (Competition Horses)

VaccinationThe protocol for vaccinating your horse or pony can vary between different competition bodies such as the FEI, Pony Club, BHA, BD and BE.  These in turn can be different to the actual protection provided or recommended by the vaccination itself, with the competition bodies protocols generally having tighter rules.

Outside of FEI regulated competitions the general protocol used by competition bodies is as follows:

  • Vaccination 1 (Primary Course)
  • Vaccination 2 (Primary Course) - 21- 92 days after  1st Vaccination
  • Vaccination 3 (Primary Course Booster) - 150 - 215 days after 2nd Vaccination
  • Vaccination (Annual Booster) - no more than 12 months after Vaccination 3 and each subsequent Annual Booster
  • Vaccination 2 is required to be able to compete
  • Vaccinations need to have been administered at least 7 days before the competition (Pony Club Racing Rules state "may not race until the 8th day after the day of vaccination")

Although the Practice can provide advice on competition vaccination schedules, it is the owner's sole responsibility to ensure that their horse or pony is vaccination in accordance with the rules of the competition body it is competing under.

(For non-competition horses and ponies the vaccination used by the Practice has been demonstrated to provide protection against equine influenza for 15 months following the 3rd vaccination.  We recommend though that annual vaccinations are used as the most convenient and optimal way of protecting your horse or pony)

For general advice on vaccinations see our Animal Care Guides:
Vaccinations - essential protection
Vaccinations - protocols and safety


We have our own dedicated Laboratory with laboratory technicians. This enables us to test a large range of samples ourselves, which means that we can often get results more rapidly and at less expense to you. Our Laboratory is approved to screen for CEM.