1. General Health Care

At Market Veterinary Centre we believe that preventative medicine is an important factor in good health.  Our vets are happy to advise on all aspects of general equine care, including vaccinations, worming, dental care, nutrition and footcare.

2. Vaccinations

Vaccination forms a central part of preventative health care for you horse. Protocols for vaccination depent upon previous vaccination history and the intended use and management of your horse.  A basic health check is included in the cost of vaccination, allowing regular monitoring of your horses well being. We are happy to advise on the most suitable vaccinations for your horse or pony.

3. Parasite Control

Worming is the second most important cornerstone of equine preventative medicine. We understand that worming your horse can be very confusing, with so many products available. Our vets are happy to advise you about worming, taking into account your horses previous worming history and management.

We offer an inhouse worm egg counting service for horses.

Why not take the worry out of worming your horse with one of our annual worming plans? We send you reminders for faeces samples and treatments, based on your horses' individual situation.

4. Diagnostic Work Ups

Should your horse become unwell, we will visit your horse and, following an examination, perform any diagnostic tests that may be required in order to reach the diagnosis. This includes procedures such as blood sampling and local anaesthesia for lameness diagnosis.

5. Mobile Radiography

Our digital x-ray machine is portable, and if necessary, can be transported to your horse in order to take good quality x-rays.

6. Mobile Ultrasound

Our ultrasound machine can be taken to your premises and is suitable for both the imaging of damaged tendons and ligaments and also for pregnancy diagnosis.

7. Dentistry

Good dental care is based around routine prevention. In most cases,  we recommend an annual dental check, where any dental abnormalities can be identified and corrected before they become uncomfortable. This can be carried out at the same time as your horse's annual booster vaccination. We have a Hausmanns gag and extensive range of manual dental equipment, allowing us to provide routine dental care for your horse. Sedation may be required for dental treatment.

If, following oral examination, your horse requires advanced dental treatment we can arrange this for you.

8. Laboratory

Our practice labratory allows us to be able to analyse blood samples from emergency cases the same day.

We can also carry out worm egg counts, both to check if your horse needs worming, or to check if the class of wormer that you have used has been effective.

Hair and skin samples can be examined microscopically for parasites or cultured for ringworm.

In some cases samples taken from your horse will need to be sent to an external laboratory for examination.

9. Passports

All horses in the UK should be accompanied by an equine passport. Since 1st July 2009, all horses must be microchipped at the time of passport application. There are many companies that your horse can be registered with, and it is the owners choice as to which company you use. You need to provide the application forms for us to fill in. In most cases these can be downloaded from the internet. We fill out the paperwork and microchip your horse, as required by the passport issuing authorities.

For more information on equine passports please visit the Defra Website.

Your horse’s passport also contains the record of your horse’s vaccinations and a medication control section. PLEASE ENSURE YOU HAVE YOUR PASSPORT WITH YOU WHEN WE TREAT OR VACCINATE YOUR HORSE. In an emergency, if your passport is not available, we will still be able to treat your horse, however the range of medicines that we can use may be restricted.

10. Pre-purchase Examinations

Buying a new horse is an important decision. We can carry out an examination of your horse prior to purchase in order to assess his health and soundness. A certificate is issued which details the findings of the examination. You may be required to present this certificate to your insurance company if you insure your horse for vets fees or loss of use.

11. Insurance

We recommend that all owners should consider insuring their horses for vets fees. This provides peace of mind for you as an owner. We are happy to discuss insurance with you, however we cannot recommend any particular company and do not sell insurance.

12. Acupuncture

Horses are generally very responsive to acupuncture and respond well to treatment, frequently appearing almost sedated whilst the needles are in place. Acupuncture is most commonly used to treat musculoskeletal injuries in our equine patients but can also be used to stimulate wound healing, influence the functioning of internal organs and the immune system.

Acupuncture can legally only be carried out on animals by a qualified veterinary surgeon, and is extremely safe and well accepted by most animals.

Many insurance companies will cover the cost of acupuncture treatment, however please check your  insurance policy.

To discuss your individual requirements please contact Rachel Forster at our South Molton surgery, who has been trained by, and is a member of the Association of Veterinary Acupuncturists (ABVA).