Archive for February 2020

Accounts Administrator Vacancy

Due to a change in circumstances we are looking to recruit an Accounts Administrator. The role will be based within our small accounts team based at the Practice in Liphook, Hants. The main duties will involve operating the purchase ledger system and processing sales ledger invoices. The role will also involve an element of general accounts office administration such as assisting with the monthly statement run, entering job sheets, answering the telephone and an element of credit control.

The successful candidate will need to have good written and verbal communication skills, be computer literate with knowledge of MS Excel and be able to work within a team with excellent attention to detail. Experience of working in a commercial office ideally in an accounts environment is required and excellent attention to detail, numeracy and experience of dealing with clients both over the phone and face to face are essential. Whilst a knowledge of horses would be helpful it is by no means essential. We have a bespoke accounting package for which full training will be provided.

This position is offered on a full time contract (Monday-Friday). You will be based at the practice in Liphook and due to the rural location own transport is essential.

A competitive salary package is provided.

To apply please send a cv with covering letter stating current salary and including two referees to Carrie Goodbourn by email accounts@theleh.co.uk or by post to Liphook Equine Hospital, Forest Mere, Liphook, Hants, GU30 7JG.

Liphook Equine Hospital Open Again

We are very pleased to announce that the final set of test results from the horses at Liphook Equine Hospital have all come back perfectly clear.

Although we took the cautious step of temporarily closing our hospital to ensure no risk to the wider equine community, we are now fully confident that there is no infectious threat from either the hospital or the horses that have been staying here. Consequently the Hospital is now open again for business as usual.

We thank all of our clients and our veterinary colleagues for their understanding, support and patience over the last couple of weeks and of course to the team at Liphook who have worked so hard to ensure this outcome.

We send our best wishes to everyone at other yards currently awaiting test results. Please continue to follow the advice of your own veterinary surgeon regarding your personal circumstances.

Update – Current Position at Liphook Equine Hospital

We are pleased to report that, further to the decision to take the precautionary step to cease movement of horses in and out of the Hospital, we currently still have no horses in the Hospital showing signs of EHV-1 infection. Our initial concerns began at the beginning of last week with a horse that was admitted as an emergency to the Hospital which was subsequently shown to be shedding a very low quantity of EHV-1. That horse is now back at home and doing well. To be clear, we have had no fatalities or serious illness from EHV-1 at any time here at the Hospital. We have detected trace amounts of EHV-1 in a nasal swab from one other hospitalised horse late last week. This horse is in our isolation facility and remains fit, well and shows no signs of illness. It is uncertain whether this horse’s swab result was a consequence of transmission from the original horse admitted to the Hospital or a pre-existing latent infection. All other inpatients were swabbed at the same time and all returned negative results. We continue to monitor all the horses in the Hospital extremely closely but currently have no horses with clinical signs of EHV-1 infection in the Hospital.

8th January 2020 – Isolation of horses at the Liphook Equine Hospital

On the afternoon of Wednesday 8th January, a case of Equine Herpesvirus 1 (EHV-1) was confirmed at Liphook Equine Hospital. The single horse was managed in the Hospital under isolation conditions between the evening of the 6th January and the afternoon of the 8th January, when the horse returned home. Tests from the confirmed case revealed a very low level of virus. Some other horses on the yard from which the horse came have also developed symptoms indicative of an infectious viral disease caused by EHV-1 and known as equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy or “neurologic EHV”. Although not common, this disease is well recognised in the UK. We must remain vigilant about the possibility of transfer to other horses staying in, or visiting, our hospital who could contribute to further spread of the virus to horses elsewhere.

EHV-1 infection is governed by a voluntary code of practice that dictates that all movement of horses should cease while investigations take place. Thus, for the time being, all movement of horses both on and off the premises has ceased and we have chosen not to accept cases at Liphook Equine Hospital other than local life-threatening emergencies. We have contacted everyone who had a horse in the practice during this period and are confident that every precaution has been taken to implement appropriate containment measures. We remain hopeful that the period of isolation will not be prolonged, but this depends on further developments and laboratory testing.

Work by our ambulatory vets on the road will continue as normal and there will be instances where our veterinary specialists may be able to attend your horse at your premises or at a local practice in order to continue to provide services including elective surgeries, lameness investigation, gastroscopy and other diagnostic procedures. We are grateful to our veterinary colleagues in local practices who are working with us in the most productive and supportive way. Emergency referral admissions will be considered on an individual risk/benefit basis.

We believe our bold actions are essential for us to deliver on our commitment to observing biosecurity measures and to ensure the welfare of our patients and the wider horse population. We very much appreciate your understanding, patience and support during this challenging period. Please do call to discuss your individual requirements and we can run through options available to you.

For what to look for in cases of EHV-1 please see below:

Early signs of EHV-1 infection in horses are often just a fever with dullness and poor appetite. Respiratory signs such as a runny nose or cough might also be seen as well as enlarged glands under the jaw. In rarer instances more serious symptoms can develop such as abortion and abnormal neurological signs. If they develop, they frequently involve weakness and wobbliness of the hindlegs and tail and difficulty passing urine or faeces, although other odd behaviours are also possible.

Essentials of Equine Practice course: Friday 19th June – Sunday 21st June 2020

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

This is a 3-day residential course held at West Dean College, Chichester, and at  Liphook Equine Hospital. The course is aimed for recent graduates and more experienced colleagues wishing to refresh their knowledge of general equine practice. The course is also suitable for final year veterinary students. The course focuses exclusively on what you need to know in ambulatory equine practice and has a very practical emphasis.

There is a charge of £495 which includes 2 nights’ accommodation, food and entertainment for all 3 days.

For further information please click here

If you would like to book a place (or places), please complete a booking form. For further information please email tasha.wilson@theleh.co.uk

VetPD 2-Day Wetlab: Ultrasound of the Equine Upper Limb, Neck, Back & Pelvis at Liphook Equine Hospital – 11th – 12th February 2020

VetPD 2-Day Wetlab: Ultrasound of the Equine Upper Limb, Neck, Back & Pelvis at Liphook Equine Hospital

11th – 12th February 2020

Early Booking Discount – Deadline: 5th January 2020

For more information, please click here.

Liphook Equine Hospital – Christmas and New Year Opening Hours!

We hope you and your horses have a happy and healthy holiday. However, should your horse need us we are open for emergencies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Please click here to see our Christmas and New Year Opening Hours!

Laboratory Christmas & New Year 2019 – 2020 Opening Hours

Please click here to see our Laboratory Christmas & New Year 2019 – 2020 Opening Hours

Liphook Equine Hospital has some exciting news to announce!

VetPartners has become the first UK veterinary group to set up a school of equine nursing.
 
The nursing school will be based at Liphook Equine Hospital in Hampshire.
 
The course will be led by Liphook’s Head Clinic Nurse and Head of Centre Rosina Lillywhite.
Please click here for more information

BEVA Congress 2019

Looking forward to seeing many of you at BEVA Congress this week – please do pop along to our stand and say hello.