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Laboratory Christmas & New Year 2020 -2021 Opening Hours

Please click on the link below to view our Laboratory Christmas & New Year Opening Hours:

ย 2020 Xmas Opening Hours

NEW Liphook Equine Laboratory App

We have designed an App with lots of useful information and links. This is intended to replace our popular Lab Book and contains all of the info sheets previously printed in our No-Nonsense Guides. As well as saving the planet, this will enable more frequent updates and make all of the info more accessible on the move. The App also enables you to order supplies and lots more! It is available as a free download ย on Google Play store and the Apple Store:
Please click here to download via theย Google Play store
Please click here to download via the Apple Store

New look โ€“ same great service!

We are thrilled to unveil our new logo which has been refreshed to reflect a more contemporary and cleaner look.

We have modernised the horse icon whilst still keeping the same colours and appearance.

Over the coming weeks and months, you will start to see the new logo appear on our literature, online platforms, signage and uniforms etc.

 

 

VetPartners Nursing School at Liphook Equine Hospital – welcome new students

This week we welcome our new first year equine veterinary nursing students, for their first week of training.
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http://www.vetpartnersnursingschool.co.uk/

 

A huge congratulations to Victoria South who has been elected for BEVA Council.

A huge congratulations to Victoria South who has been elected for BEVA Council.
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BEVA (British Equine Veterinary Association) Council members lead the association, influencing the direction it takes and working on projects that aim to advance the equine veterinary profession, while improving the health and welfare of horses.

Housevet Positions

Housevet Positions

Applications are invited for the next 3 housevet positions starting in December 2020,ย  early Spring and mid-Summer 2021.

The Liphook Equine Hospital is an internationally renowned equine referral hospital with state-of-the-art facilities based in Hampshire in the South of England. The hospital has 10 RCVS and EBVS specialists who are supported by the housevets a diagnostic imaging clinician, medicine resident and approximately 70 nursing and support staff and a large on-site laboratory.ย  The hospital team works closely with the large ambulatory team of 11 vets who provide first-opinion care to horses in Hampshire, Sussex, Surrey and beyond. More details of the practice are available on our website www.TheLEH.co.uk.

Currently, ย we employ a team of four Housevets who work for a fixed -term of 18 months. The housevets work as a team alongside the hospital clinicians and nurses. The housevetsโ€™ prime duties include anaesthesia, intensive care monitoring and the day to day management of the 50 hospitalised in-patients, including both diagnostic procedures and treatments.ย  Orthopaedic investigations, including nerve blocks, are an important part of the role and, in addition, there will be ample exposure to other diagnostic techniques (such as radiography, scintigraphy, ultrasonography and MRI) as well as to colic and lameness work up.ย  The housevets work under the direction of recognised Specialists in both Surgery and Medicine and are well supported by a large team of excellent nurses, who work shifts to provide full 24 hour care.

The position is challenging and the hours are long but there is a tremendous amount of experience to be gained by applicants with suitable enthusiasm and a desire to learn.ย  Accommodation is provided in a house in a nearby village. As this house is shared with the other members of the housevet team it is, unfortunately, not suitable for couples.ย  No pets are allowed in this accommodation.ย  The out of hours rota is shared equally between all members of the housevet team and the duty housevet is required to stay on site, at nights and weekends, in a self-contained flat. ย The team of housevets work a shared rota for their part of the out of hours system whilst other veterinary surgeons in the practice are responsible for the ambulatory calls and for the surgical and medical rotas. Duty nurses take all phone calls outside office hours.

These positions are offered for a fixed term contract of 18 months.ย  Following the term as a housevet it is not expected that any vacancies will occur in the practice for assistantships but we have found that, in past years, our housevets have had little difficulty finding suitable employment either in practice or in residency programmes.ย  Indeed, there seems to be a widely held view in the profession that our housevets have received some of the best post-graduate training and clinical exposure currently available in the UK.

We are looking for enthusiastic team players to join our friendly but hardworking Hospital team, who are all dedicated to providing first class care to the horses, ponies and donkeys entrusted to our care.ย  The majority of the hospitalised cases are referred patients but we also have a large first opinion clientele and there may also be a limited opportunity to become involved directly with first opinion outpatient cases during your stay.ย  As you will be in frequent contact with owners and referring veterinary surgeons, a good, confident and sympathetic manner with both clients and professional colleagues is essential.ย  For this reason, we look for those who have been qualified for at least a year, preferably more, and candidates who have not previously worked in practice in the UK for at least one year or who do not have English as their mother tongue may be at a disadvantage in the selection process, as fluent spoken and written English is essential.

In addition to an above average salary and rent-free free accommodation we also provide a car allowance, house and mobile phone, uniform, private health insurance and a free private accident/disability insurance scheme.ย  More importantly perhaps, we also offer good working conditions and, we believe, a happy and supportive environment.ย  There is ample scope for your professional development and continuing further education within the practice.

Applicants are requested to send in a covering letter and a CV to Barbara.Thornley@theLEH.co.uk. . Closing date for applications Monday 31st August 2021.

Using โ€œGrey-zonesโ€ in interpretation of lab results

If all results of diagnostic tests were clearly either positive or negative then our lives would be simpler! Unfortunately that is not the case and we are all used to seeing borderline values. This is probably an inevitable result of progress and the fact that we now tend to get presented with early-stage disease cases of all types, rather than end-stage disease which rarely presents diagnostic difficulties. Many diseases are not simply either โ€œpresentโ€ or โ€œnot presentโ€, and may exist along a spectrum of development. With many lab tests we have to use judgement as to when a mild increase merits further action versus further monitoring. For example, if GGT is normally <50 iu/L, should we be concerned when it increases to 55, or 75, or 150โ€ฆโ€ฆโ€ฆ?
We are now offering further guidance alongside our seasonally adjusted ACTH values and you will now see a โ€œgrey-zoneโ€ on the lab forms alongside your result. For example, this week we suggest an ACTH cutoff value of 49 pg/mL with a grey zone from 20-73 pg/mL. This indicates that a PPID case is very unlikely (P<0.05) to have an ACTH <20 pg/mL, and a normal horse is very unlikely (P<0.05) to have an ACTH >73 pg/mL.
The ACTH result should be interpreted in the context of the degree of clinical suspicion and we will always help you with this where you have time to enter clinical history on the submission form. If a test is being run in quite a speculative fashion with no strong clinical suspicion of PPID then the result ought to be above 73 pg/mL (this week) to be reasonably convincing for PPID. On the other hand if you are pretty convinced clinically that a horse has PPID then you should remain suspicious even with values as low as 20 pg/mL, and perhaps advise TRH stimulation testing as the next step (NB. TRH stimulation tests are hard to interpret at this time of year, although a negative result makes PPID unlikely).

VETPD – INTERNAL MEDICINE CHALLENGES FOR ADVANCED PRACTITIONERS โ€“ A 2-DAY INTERACTIVE & PRACTICAL COURSE

Fri 6th Nov 2020 – Sat 7th Nov 2020
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@ Liphook Equine Hospital
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For more information and to book your place, please click here:

Experienced Equine Vetย 

Due to expansion of our ambulatory team, we are looking to recruit a highly motivated and experienced equine ambulatory vet.ย  A minimum of 5 yearsโ€™ experience in equine practice is required.ย  We have a diverse client base but with an increasing number of high level competition horses and stud clients. Experience in all aspects of equine ambulatory work is essential and specific expertise and knowledge of reproduction is of particular interest. Our ideal candidate will either have or aspire to achieve a post graduate qualification in their chosen field.ย  Excellent client communications skills and ability to work as part of a team are vital.

We currently have a team of ten equine ambulatory vets (including 7 RCVS certificate holders) with the most up to date mobile equipment such as fully wireless DR radiography systems, digital ultrasonography, endoscopy, shockwave, power dental equipment etc. The ambulatory team has full back up of our tier 3 hospital which includes 9 RCVS specialists and full range of facilities such as Scintigraphy, CT and MRI.

This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to further develop their skills and advance their career. The practice offers an excellent working environment with a highly competitive package.

If you are interested in applying for the position please submit an application to Carrie Goodbourn, Business Director, Liphook Equine Hospital, Forest Mere, Liphook, Hants, GU30 7JG or by email to carrie.goodbourn@theleh.co.uk including your CV and a covering letter. Applications should be received no later than Friday 14th August 2020.ย For an informal discussion please call Carrie on 07917851129.

We would like to welcome and introduce to you Victoria Tannahill, who has joined our surgery team.

Victoria graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2007 and subsequently served in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps for five years, treating military working animals in the UK and abroad. She then decided to pursue a career in equine surgery and completed an equine internship at the Royal Veterinary College, a short spell in equine ambulatory practice, and an equine surgery residency at the University of Bristol. She has obtained RCVS certificates in equine practice and large animal diagnostic imaging, and became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2020. After a period working as an Academic Clinician at the University of Glasgow, Victoria joined the Liphook Equine Hospital surgery team in March 2020.
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Outside of work, Victoria enjoys exploring the local area with her labrador Elsie, and she continues her commitment to the Armed Forces as a reservist.

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The Liphook Equine Hospital has provided us with fantastic service for our competition horses for the past 30 years. The team’s depth of experience offers a 5 star level of care for any situation and we have really put them to the test over the years! From the day to day routine treatments to the ” never been seen before ” emergencies they offer knowledgeable and realistic advice.

— Mrs. Elaine Wilson, Milland, Hampshire