Routine Health Care

 

YEP is a purely ambulatory practice based in York providing routine, specialist and emergency care to our clients. All our experienced veterinary surgeons are fully equipped with modern diagnostic and therapeutic tools. Our aim is to provide accurate information on which to advice the most appropriate treatment for you and your horse.

 

Routine health care is tailored to our client’s requirements, this may include:

 

Outpatient treatment and advice

  • General examinations and treatment of your horse or pony

  • Check ups for your horse

  • Advice on feeding and diets of overweight horses and ponies and in certain cases of illness (food allergies, laminitis, cushings syndrome, equine metabolic syndrome, liver and kidney diseases)

 

Laboratory diagnostics

  • Complete blood count, Biochemistry & any additional tests required

  • Full range of tests available

  • Strangles testing

  • Cushings testing 

  • Viral screening

 

Ultrasound

 

Digital Radiography

 

Surgery

  • Routine field surgery is carried out such as castrations.  

  • Referral to specialist surgeons for orthopaedic or soft tissue surgeries

 

Routine Flu Vaccinations

Primary course 2 injections 4-6 weeks apart 
First booster at six months after 2nd primary vaccination 
Subsequent boosters every 12 months.

The vaccination schedules set by the Jockey Club and most other bodies set wider intervals for the start-up course, i.e.

 

Primary course 2 injections 21-92 days apart 
First booster 150-215 days after 2nd primary vaccination 
Subsequent boosters within 365 days of preceding booster

 

The FEI rules require, in addition to the above, that horse must have received an influenza booster within 6 months and 3 weeks before participating in an FEI competition.

 

Note that the Jockey Club and FEI regulations state that these injections cannot be given in the 7 days immediately before a competition or entry into the competition stables

 

Castrations

Our vets perform routine castrations at your property. This can be done standing; or in very small or particularly fractious colts under general anaesthesia given suitable facilities.


Castration, like any surgical procedure, is not without risk. These risks should be fully understood prior to the procedure, if you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to ask and one of our vets will contact you.

 

Identification for passport application and microchip insertion

 

Under current legislation, foals must have a passport and microchip within six months of birth or before 31 December of the year in which they were born, whichever date occurs later.

 

All horses in the UK must have a passport, this has been a requirement since 2005 and any horse passported since July 2009 should have a microchip. It is an offence to not comply with the above legislation, if your horse does not have a passport please contact the office to arrange an appointment for this to be completed.

 

 

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Equine Dentistry

 

All our vets regularly carry out equine oral examinations, rasping and wolf teeth removal. Like many veterinary practices in the UK we also work closely with Equine Dental Technicians (EDT) who are available to perform selected non-invasive procedures within a horse's mouth.

 

Yorkshire Equine Practice adheres to the British Equine Veterinary Association Guidelines on what dental procedures can be performed by persons other than Members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and these guidelines are set out below.

 

BEVA GUIDELINES ON EQUINE DENTAL TREATMENT

 

In order to provide a greater degree of clarity in advising veterinary surgeons on working with EDTs and to inform and protect the public BEVA would suggest that veterinary surgeons cooperate with suitably trained, qualified EDTs for the following procedures. We feel strongly that it is to the benefit of horse welfare for veterinary surgeons to continue to collaborate with qualified EDTs, and BEVA recommends collaboration with registered members of the British Association of Equine Dental Technicians (BAEDT).

 

Category 1 Procedures

Those procedures which an individual can perform after recognised training without specific attainment of qualifications.

 

1) Examination of teeth

2) Removal of sharp enamel points using manual rasps only

3) Removal of small dental overgrowths (maximum 4mm reductions) using manual rasps only

4) Rostral profiling of the first cheek teeth (maximum 4mm reductions), previously termed ‘bit seat shaping'

5)  Removal of loose deciduous caps

6)  Removal of supragingival calculus

 

Category 2 Procedures

Additional procedures suitable for delegation to an EDT who has trained and passed an examination approved by DEFRA

 

1)  Examination, evaluation and recording of dental abnormalities

2)  The removal of loose teeth or dental fragments with no periodontal attachments which are digitally extractable without the use of instruments

3)  The removal of erupted, non-displaced wolf teeth in the upper or lower jaw under direct and continuous veterinary supervision

4)  Palliative rasping of fractured and adjacent teeth

5)  The use of motorised dental instruments where these are used to reduce overgrowths and remove sharp enamel points only, in horses sedated appropriately.

 

All other procedures and any new procedures, which arise as a result of scientific and technical development, would by default be classified as Category 3, which are those procedures restricted to registered veterinary surgeons.

 

British Association of Equine Dental Technicians

http://www.baedt.com/

 

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Lameness Investigation

Our veterinary surgeons have a strong interest in lameness and poor performance and are equipped with portable digital radiography (x-ray) equipment and ultrasound scanners which allow lameness evaluations to be carried out at your premises.

 

Each lameness investigation is individually tailored and may include seeing your horse in-hand, lunged and under saddle.

 

Nerve blocks 

 

In some cases it may be useful to use a nerve block in order to assist the diagnosis of a lameness investigation. This involves local anaesthetic being placed around the nerves that supply a particular region of the limb and when this has taken effect, the horse is re-examined to determine if the lameness has improved. The local anaesthetic can also be injected into joints or tendon sheaths, working in this manner, the area of pain can be determined and diagnostic imaging can be utilised in order to determine the cause of pain and lameness.

 

Ultrasonography

 

Ultrasonography is useful for diagnosing and evaluating a numerous conditions including joint, tendon, muscle, ligament and pelvis injuries.

 

Radiography

 

All our vets have access to the mobile digital radiographic equipment on a daily basis meaning, when necessary, radiographs can be taken at the convenience of your yard without delay.

 

 
 

ESWT Shockwave Therapy

 

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) has become popular in equine orthopedics for treating a variety of musculoskeletal injuries including proximal suspensory desmitis, ligament insertional injuries and soft tissue pain. It is also now well accepted as a useful treatment for angular limb deformity in young growing foals. ESWT is non-invasive and believed to cause an increase in blood flow to the area, cause direct cellular effects, the laying down new bone as well as having a direct analgesic effect.

 

Typically, a horse will need a course of treatments at 14 day intervals.

 

 

 

 

IRAP Joint Therapy

 

IRAP (Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein), or Autologous Conditioned Serum as it is also known, is a method of harvesting anti-inflammatory protein from the horse's own blood to then inject into a joint to encourage healing.

 

IRAP is a useful treatment for joint lameness (inflammation/ degeneration of joints) and is a great alternative to corticosteroid and hyaluronate injections. It is drug-free and leaves no residues - therefore, since no prohibited substance is administered, there is no withdrawal period for competition.

 

 

 The Technique:

·    A 50ml sample of blood is taken from the horse in a special syringe using a sterile technique.

 

·    The blood sample is then incubated for 24 hours in the IRAP syringe, where by the protein-rich serum is created.

 

·    The serum is injected into the joint using a sterile technique again.

 

·    One blood sample typically yields 3-4 doses of IRAP, which may be frozen for future injections, specifically for use in your horse.

 

 

 

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Endoscopy/Overground Endoscopy

 

Upper airway conditions are a common cause of poor performance and abnormal respiratory noise during exercise.

 

 

 

Although many upper airway conditions can be diagnosed at rest, a number of conditions only become apparent during exercise when negative air pressures are greatest. There are also several conditions which appear of minor or questionable significance in the horse at rest, but when examined during exercise result in complete collapse of the airway. Therefore, the presence of a minor or absence of an abnormal finding during resting endoscopy does not necessarily mean there is not a performance limiting problem.

Overground dynamic endoscopy allows the upper airway to be examined while the horse is working under normal exercise conditions and can identify conditions such as paralysis of the left laryngeal cartilage, dorsal displacement of the soft palate, deviation of the aryepiglottic fold and many others.

 

Laboratory Testing

 

We use a variety of local and nationwide laboratories depending on which is the most appropriate for each individual case. The vet dealing with your case will promptly report and discuss all results with you.

 
 

External Referral

 

In the event that your horse requires referring to a specialist facility for further investigation, surgery or intensive care; we will arrange this with the centre of your choice.

We have an excellent working relationship with Rossdales in Newmarket; and regularly refer to them for specialist diagnostic services, elective and emergency surgery. They provide a comprehensive range of specialist services including; advanced diagnostic imaging (MRI, CT and Nuclear Scintigraphy), in depth medical investigations and all surgery.  Some consultancy services can be arranged at your premises.

 

 

 

 

Prescription Policy

 

Yorkshire Equine Practice are happy to provide our clients with prescriptions in order for them to purchase specific medications for animals under our care.

 

Our policy is as follows:

 

  • The owner and animal must be registered with Yorkshire Equine Practice.

  • The animal must have been examined by one of our vets for the condition for which medication is requested, within the last 3 months.

  • Prescriptions will be provided for a maximum of 3 months supply of a medication (or less at the discretion of the treating veterinary surgeon).

  • A charge of £15 is payable to Yorkshire Equine Practice for each prescription provided.

 

Please contact the Office on 01904 737763 for any further information.

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