Evening CPD for physiotherapists

We invite physiotherapists to join us on the 9th July for an evening of talks and discussion focussed on our current understanding and treatment of key conditions of the caudal neck.
The CT scanning of over 200 necks at LEH has transformed our understanding of neck conditions in the horse, revealing previously unrecognised conditions and driving the innovation of new treatment options, whilst raising as many questions as answers. European Specialists, Rachel Tucker and Lucy Meehan, will talk you through everything from diagnostics to new, innovate surgeries performed here at LEH.
Doors will open at 6:30pm with lectures starting at 7pm. Nibbles and drinks will be provided.
Email beth.richards@theleh.co.uk to book your free place. 

Evening CPD for referring vets

We are pleased to announce our first referring vet CPD event of 2024, with an evening of lectures on the 27th February. Details of lecture content, speakers and start time are below.    

Light refreshments will be provided.

Spaces are limited so please email beth.richards@theleh.co.uk ASAP to book your free place.

Essentials of Equine Practice 2024

Do you have any members of the practice that would be interested in attending our Essentials of Equine Practice course?

Wednesday 12th June – Friday 14th June 2024

The general theme is a practical approach to common clinical scenarios in equine practice. In previous years delegates have comprised of a combination of recent graduates and more experienced colleagues wishing to refresh their knowledge of general equine practice. There will be interactive case-based discussions alongside lectures from some of Liphook Equine Hospital’s finest vets, with a very strong evidence based and practical ethos throughout!
The registration fee of £500 includes 2 nights’ accommodation, all meals and entertainment.

Please click here for the booking form. 


We are pleased to welcome Chloe Simm BVM&S to the house vet team!

Chloe graduated from The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2020 and joined a busy mixed practice in Jersey for two years, before joining us as a house vet. Chloe enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but has a particular interest in lameness.
In her spare time, she enjoys walking her dachshund, Monty, and her Tibetan terrier, Clemmie.
𝐖𝐞𝐥𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐦 𝐂𝐡𝐥𝐨𝐞!

New regulations on prescription only medications

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has introduced new regulations on the 1st September 2023 which affect how Veterinary Surgeons can prescribe ‘prescription only medications (POM-V)’ such as antibiotics and controlled medications.

The key changes that will affect horse owners are:

Any type of antibiotics, controlled drug (ventipulmin, codeine, gabapentin etc) or POM-V can only be prescribed after your horse has had a physical examination by a vet. This applies to all antibiotics, including oral, injectable, and topical (creams and ointments).  Antibiotics cannot be given based on photographs only, an in person physical examination is legally required.

These changes have been implemented by the RCVS to ensure the safeguarding of both animal and human health against the risks posed by excessive antibiotic usage and the development of resistance.  They will also aid in guaranteeing that antibiotics and some other medicines are prescribed only when essential and when an alternate treatment is unsuitable.

Further information can be found at:


Please do contact us or talk to one of our vets, if you have any questions.


We are pleased to welcome Irene Diego Garcia to the ambulatory team!

Irene graduated in 2001 from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Leon, Spain. After a brief period in a mixed practice, she spent 7 years working in a first opinion equine practice in Ireland. In 2010 Irene moved to England, and has been working at equine practices, and more recently as a stud vet.
Her main interests include stud medicine, internal medicine and diagnostic imaging.
In her spare time Irene likes to travel, and loves the beach. She also enjoys reading and biking.
𝐖𝐞𝐥𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐦 𝐈𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐞!

We are pleased to welcome Bridey Shawyer BVMed Sci BVM BVS MRCVS to the house vet team!

Bridey grew up on the South coast, later moving to study at the University of Nottingham. She returned to the south, working in an ambulatory equine practice in Hampshire, and then on the Isle of Wight. She has a particular interest in equine medicine and reproduction.
Outside of work Bridey can be found walking Nuala, her miniature dachshund or helping with her family’s American Miniature stud.
𝐖𝐞𝐥𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐦 𝐁𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐲!

LEH donate stock to The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust

Clinic nurse Emily Buckley RVN paid a visit to The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust to drop off some surplus stock. The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust (GHDT) is VetPartners charity of the year,  and is a small charity, registered in both the UK and The Gambia. The aim of the GHDT is to reduce rural poverty in The Gambia through improving the health, welfare and productivity of ALL animals, but working animals in particular.

We’re so pleased our stock made the shipment in time, and is now in The Gambia helping horses and donkeys in need!

Rachel Tucker publishes article in European Trainer Magazine

Rachel Tucker, one of the hospital’s specialist surgeons, has written an article for this month’s European Trainer magazine about the use of CT scanning for diagnosing neck problems in the horse.
Rachel has a professional interest in the equine neck and has published and lectured at international conferences about her pioneering work on articular facet joint arthroscopy.

Warning: Laminitis alert

We have seen a large number of laminitis cases over the last few weeks.
The warmer weather and rain brings an increase in lush grass and so it is vital that you manage your horse’s intake. Each blade of grass is high in sugars called fructans, and can induce laminitis if eaten in large amounts.
Laminitis is a painful and potentially devastating disease that causes pathological changes in the anatomy of the foot that can lead to long lasting, crippling changes in function.
The classical signs of laminitis are easily recognised and include the horse or pony rocking back onto it’s heels in order to take the weight off the painful laminae at the toe. The horse or pony may be seen to be weight shifting between limbs, the hoof wall will feel warm and bounding digital pulses can be felt in the lower limb.
If you are at all worried, please contact your vet – 𝐏𝐑𝐄𝐕𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍 𝐈𝐒 𝐁𝐄𝐓𝐓𝐄𝐑 𝐓𝐇𝐀𝐍 𝐂𝐔𝐑𝐄!