Archive for March 2014

Equine Grass Sickness vaccination trial

The Animal Health Trust is launching a ground-breaking nationwide trial of a vaccine for the prevention of Equine Grass Sickness (EGS). Liphook Equine Hospital have contributed towards the preparations for this trial and are very pleased that it has come to fruition. If you are eligible we would urge you to consider participating as it is through such work that we can hopefully move forward together in fighting this horrible disease.
The current theory is that EGS is a toxico-infectious form of botulism caused by Clostridium botulinum type C. This vaccine trial will follow 1100 horses and ponies for two years. Half of the horses and ponies on the trial will be vaccinated with a Clostridium botulinum type C vaccine; the other half of the horses and ponies will receive an inactive placebo injection, and the incidence of EGS will be compared between the two groups.

 If your horse/pony:

 • Has a valid horse passport

 • Lives on a premises that has had at least one case of EGS in the last two years then you may be eligible to participate in the vaccination trial.

We will be performing the vaccinations and examinations (for our clients) so you will see your usual vet(s) if you do enrol.  However,  all enquiries before and after registration should be directed to the Animal Health Trust who are organising the trial.

Please contact the Animal Health Trust for more information: Tel: 01638 555399 or Email:

We are grateful to Horse Rangers for allowing us to use the pictures of Aries, an amazing horse who sadly lost his battle with Grass Sickness last year.

Liphook Equine Hospital would like you to join us for a fascinating and educational evening on:’Keeping Your Sports Horse on the Road’

Tuesday 13th May 2014
Doors Open at 7pm
Venue: Bisley Pavillion, Bisley Camp, Woking, Brookwood, Surrey GU24 0NY
Keeping your sports horse fit, strong and healthy all year round can be a challenge.  We look forward to welcoming you to an evening of talks aimed at maximising performance, minimising injury, and optimising recovery to ensure a successful competition season for the amateur to the professional rider and from the novice to the advanced sports horse.
Stuart Duncan BVMS CertEP MRCVS
Stuart is a Senior Partner and Road Vet at Liphook Equine Hospital and has decades of experience treating sports horses at the highest levels of competition.  He will introduce the evening by discussing the services and facilities that Liphook Equine Hospital can offer on the road and at our purpose-built equine referral hospital.
Adam Jackson BSc, BVM&S, PGCert, PGDip, MRCVS
Adam is a Road Vet at Liphook Equine Hospital who has a particular interest in sports horse medicine.  He will guide us through the range of medications available for treating back problems, joint disease and musculoskeletal pain; and will also highlight the role of veterinary acupuncture in rehabilitation of the competition horse.
Professor Andy Durham BSc BVSc CertEP DEIM DipECEIM MRCVS
Andy is a Partner and head of the medicine referral team at Liphook Equine Hospital and is a European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine.  Andy will be discussing the importance of nutrition and management in optimising the health of your horse’s gastrointestinal system and minimising the risks of gastric ulcers and colic.
The evening is suitable for riders of all abilities, whether amateur or  professional.
To reserve your FREE place, please call our reception team on 01428 723594, or email:, or via our facebook page.


We are currently advertising for housevet positions (internships)  which will become available in late Summer 2014 and Spring 2015. We are seeking applications from qualified veterinary surgeons with at least a year of post graduate experience. The successful applicant will join a team of 4 housevets  for a fixed term of 18 months. The housevets are based at the hospital and will work closely with members of the medical and surgical teams to assist in the care and management of inpatients and the work-up and treament of horses referred to the hospital. Housevets will be exposed to a wide variety of clinical cases and have the opportunity to develop their skills in all fields of equine medicine and surgery, in particular critical care, anaesthesia, lameness work up and diagnostic imaging. A professional manner and excellent communication skills are essential as a significant role of the housevets is communication with owners. Non native English speakers need to be able to demonstrate that they are fluent in English and preferably have at least one year of experience of working in UK. The successful applicant will be expected to work  an equally shared out of hours rota with the other housevets. Accommodation is provided.
For further information and to request an application form please contact Barbara Thornley, Practice Administrator, Liphook Equine Hospital, Forest Mere, Liphook, GU30 7JG or via e-mail  to Closing date: 11th April 2014

Liphook Equine Hospital is scanning ahead of the others!

Liphook Equine Hospital are pleased to support Hampshire Horsewatch and Hampshire Constabulary’s  Equine Liaison  Officer scheme by purchasing  them a universal micro chip scanner as  used by our practice.
The scanner will be made available for police officers or Hampshire Horsewatch in the Liphook Equine Hospital area to use when there is a requirement to search a horse or perhaps another  animal for an implanted  micro chip. Micro chip scanners are not part of regular police issue equipment and there are times when there is an urgent need to scan a horse or other animal for identification purposes. A recent incident in Surrey where a horse received fatal injuries following a road traffic collision highlighted the need to be able scan animals at a scene or afterwards so that owners can be identified and contacted as soon as possible.
Owners details held by micro chip organisations  are only  relevant if they are up to date and current so it is very important that animal owners keep the micro chip companies informed of any changes to their personal information.