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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.

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.

Julie Potier joins the hospital medicine team

Having worked for 3 years at Liphook initially as a hospital assistant, then as a housevet and lately on the first opinion road vet team, Julie has recently taken a new position as an Internal Medicine Resident.

Registered with the European College of Equine Internal Medicine, the residency position consists of 3 years of clinical training, publishing research articles and attending/presenting talks at international congresses, before taking an examination to become a board-certified specialist.

Internal medicine specialists provide expert care for horses, ponies and donkeys with medical diseases. They promote research and contribute to increased knowledge and understanding of how diseases develop, how to diagnose them, how to treat them and how to prevent them.

Welcome to the hospital medicine team Julie,  and best of luck in your new role!

Liphook Equine Hospital invite you to an evening of: Equine CPD Lectures For Farriers and Equine Veterinary Surgeons

Please click here for more information!

Thursday 13th June 2019 

Venue: The Petersfield School, Cranford Road, Petersfield, GU32 3LU 

Doors open 7pm for food & drink / Prompt 7.30pm start 

 

The digital cushion and its relationship with the external hoof 

Jay Tovey FWCF 

Various methods of measuring the depth of the digital cushion (DC) to an assumed external reference point above the heel bulb are being used in a belief that different farriery or trimming techniques can alter the depth, health and composition of the DC and thus improve the strength and depth of the horn in the heel area. 

Jay qualified in 1996 and has been competing in farriery competitions since he was an apprentice. He has represented England as an apprentice and also as a qualified farrier competing at many international competitions all over the world. He became a Worshipful Company of Farriers judge in 2008 and was on the farriery team at the London Olympics 2012. He passed the AWCF in 2013 and then went on to pass the highest exam possible, the FWCF in 2017. In 2018 he was also appointed as a WCF examiner. Jay is passionate about farriery education and runs his own farriery tuition business and is also a tutor for BFBA’s AWCF and FWCF course. 

 

Flexural and angular limb deformities in foals & yearlings 

Jane Boswell MA VetMB CertVA CertES (Orth) DECVS MRCVS 

RCVS and European Specialist in Equine Surgery 

This presentation will provide an overview of the causes and clinical signs of flexural and angular limb deformities in foals and yearlings. It will review the conservative treatment and management of these conditions and provide guidelines for when surgical intervention is required. 

Jane is an an RCVS and ECVS Specialist in Equine Surgery. She joined Liphook Equine Hospital in 2000 as one of the surgical team, and became a partner in 2006. As well as surgery, she has a particular interest in magnetic resonance imaging and lameness diagnosis. She has been invited to lecture extensively on these subjects both in the UK and abroad. Jane has been an examiner and chief examiner for the RCVS Certificate in Equine Surgery and for the ECVS Diploma in Equine Surgery and is a Regent on the Board of European College of Veterinary Surgeons. 

 

To book your place, please contact our reception team on: 

01428 727200, or via email to tasha.wilson@theleh.co.uk 

 

We would like to introduce to you Iain Brunt BVetMed MRCVS, who has joined the house vet team.

Iain graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2017 and has since been working in mixed practice whilst also doing charity work, in Namibia. He has a particular interest in equine internal medicine, and in his spare time he enjoys running, climbing and enjoying the great outdoors.
 
This means we have to say a sad farewell to Ellen Heddle, who leaves us this Friday. We wish Ellen the very best in her future position.
 
We currently employ 4 house vets who stay with us for 18 months. Their main responsibility is to look after the veterinary needs of all of our in-patients. Their prime duties are emergency assessment, anaesthesia, intensive care monitoring and the day to day management of the 50 hospitalised in-patients, including both diagnostic procedures and treatments.

Equine Veterinary CPD – Tuesday 19th March 2019

 

WE ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED! Please email tasha.wilson@theleh.co.uk, if you would like to be added to the waitlist

Liphook Equine Hospital are pleased to announce the date of our first Equine Veterinary CPD of 2019. The event will take place on Tuesday 19thMarch at Liphook Equine Hospital, and is very kindly supported by Boehringer Ingelheim. To book your FREE place, please contact our hospital reception team on: 01428 727200, or via email to tasha.wilson@theleh.co.uk. Numbers are limited!

 

Please click on the following link for more information:

CPD 19th January 2019

 

 

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