Archive for February 2016

An important reminder on Horse Passports:

Horse Passports were made compulsory in 2007 and from 2009 all horses being issued with a new passport must be microchipped.

Horse owners must ensure each horse, pony and donkey in their care has a valid passport – You can be fined up to £5000 for not having a valid passport! Horses cannot be moved without their passport except in special circumstances such as a short hack/ride. This is primarily to ensure that no horses receiving certain medications enter the food chain, and also to prevent the sale of stolen horses or ponies as the passport should prove its identity.

Section IX of the Horse Passport (see image for example) MUST be signed by the owner, keeper or veterinarian to identify whether the horse is ‘intended’ or ‘not intended’ to enter the human food chain. We are certain that the vast majority of our clients would sign the section ‘not intended’, which allows us as vets to use any appropriate drug treatment to ensure the health of your horse.

We need to ensure that we keep adequate records to ensure that the horses under our care meet these requirements and we thus ask for your cooperation in recording passport numbers and ensuring passports are signed.

Sale of Horse/ Pony/ Donkey
It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that when they buy a new horse or pony that they receive a valid passport which is returned to the passport issuing organisation within 30 days of sale to verify change of ownership

Death of Horse/ Pony/ Donkey
It is the owner’s responsibility to return the horse’s passport to the Passport Issuing Authority within 30 days of the death of their horse or pony so that it may be invalidated.


Full Time Grooms Required

We are looking to recruit additional grooms to work within our state-of-the-art equine hospital based in Liphook, Hampshire. You will be responsible for providing first class care for horses, ponies and donkeys. Applicants must have a proven record of excellent horse handling, horse care and top class stable management, plus experience of working in a professional yard. We require reliable, conscientious, self-motivated applicants with extremely high standards. Nursing skills are not required.

Candidates will be required to work a flexible shift pattern including 1 in 3 weekends for which time off in lieu is afforded.

Please apply to the Yard Manager enclosing your CV and the names of at least two referees. Please include details of your notice period and current salary package.

Applications should be sent either by mail to Liphook Equine Hospital, Forest Mere, Liphook, GU30 7JG or by email to

Congratulations to Huw Griffiths & Tom McGinley on gaining their certificates!

We are so proud to announce that Huw Griffiths has gained a certificate in Equine Stud Medicine, and Tom McGinley has gained a certificate in Equine Dentistry.

The certificate is an advanced qualification in veterinary medicine achieved by equine vets demonstrating significant knowledge in the designated area.

The Liphook Road Vet Team are now one of the most qualified teams in the country, currently having 6 certificates holders.

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Liphook Equine Hospital – Equine Nursing Talk is now FULLY BOOKED!

We now have a reserve list, and so if you have booked a place and are unable to attend, please let us know as soon as possible, by calling 01428 723594 or by email

Nurse - fully booked