Liphook Equine Hopsital is proud to announce the opening of its new Laminitis Clinic; a specialist service for the assessment and treatment of acute and chronic laminitis cases. Liphook Laminitis Clinic combines our medical expertise in the diagnosis of all causes of laminitis (including equine Cushing’s disease and equine metabolic syndrome), and orthopaedic and farriery expertise in the assessment of the foot.
For more information, please see our new Liphook Laminitis Clinic web page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
A few horses have been identified with neurological equine herpes virus this year in the west of the country. Sporadic cases are not uncommon in the UK so this in itself is not that unusual. However, the proximity (in both time and location) to a major equestrian event has raised the profile of these cases and consequently there will be an article in tomorrow’s Horse and Hound discussing equine herpes virus. The cases that have been identified in the west have been isolated and all appropriate measures have been taken to control any disease spread.
An article in this week’s Horse and Hound aims to provide a balanced discussion of the exceedingly complicated issues surrounding equine herpes virus but above all we would advise you not to panic and to call us if you would like to discuss the situation on your yard specifically. Although the disease can be very serious and should not be taken lightly, the risk to horses in our area currently is thankfully very low.
Naturally, many people are keen to provide as much protection as possible for their horses and are asking about vaccination. Currently the vaccine for equine herpes virus is not available but importation of further vaccine stocks is planned so vaccination may become an option in the near future. The vaccine is designed to prevent abortion in broodmares but can be used to reduce the risk of the other forms of the disease i.e. respiratory infection and neurological signs (the latter being the most serious). The vaccine does not offer complete protection to the individual but may reduce the severity of disease and reduces the amount of virus that is spread if a horse becomes infected and thereby reduces the risk to other horses. The vaccine is very safe so in situations where there are broodmares or large numbers of horses coming and going then the costs may be outweighed by the potential benefits. Other than cost, there is a suggestion that vaccination may (and this is a very controversial point) increase the risk of neurological disease if the horse is already infected. As there have not been any outbreaks in our area this is not a concern currently.
Please see below for our latest Laboratory Newsletter:
Laboratory Newsletter February 2013
Last night over 300 people atteneded a Client Evening to hear presentations on Equine Metabolic Syndrome and Cushing’s disease which together account for 90% of laminitis cases. The importance of testing and treating Cushing’s was emphasised and a new programme for controlled weight loss was explained. For those people who couldn’t get tickets or were unable to attend, we are planning to run another meeting on Tuesday 23rd October @ 7pm. Further details will follow shortly so if you are interested in coming please email email@example.com or ring the office on 01428 723594.
Last night, Dave Rendle explained that volunteers from Liphook Equine Hospital will be contributing expertise to a trip to 11 Ethiopian Veterinary Schools early next year to help train and equip the Ethiopian vets on the ground to continue SPANA’s work in improving equine welfare in that country. A collection was held at the end of the meeting last night and we are thrilled to say that we raised just under £800 toward our target of £3000. If anyone wasn’t able to make a donation last night but would like to, please call SPANA direct on 0207 8313999. Every contribution, however small, makes a big difference to equine welfare.
The Laboratory publishes quarterly newsletters that discuss recent advances in clinical pathology, internal medicine and other topics that are relevant to the equine practitioner.
SPRING LABORATORY NEWSLETTER
We’re pleased to welcome back David Rendle who returns to The Liphook Equine Hospital as part of the medicine referral and laboratory team. Dave completed an internship at LEH and a residency in Equine Medicine at LEH and University of Glasgow and then worked at the LEH for a year before venturing South to Devon for a while and then spending a year in Austrailia as a Lecturer in Equine Medicine at Charles Sturt University. Dave is an ECEIM Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine and has lectured and published widely on all aspects of equine medicine.