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  on Google Play store and the Apple Store:
Please click here to download via the Google Play store
Please click here to download via the Apple Store

New look – 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.



Liphook Equine Hospital invite you to a virtual equine educational evening on ‘Understanding Equine Back Pain’

Understanding Equine Back Pain

Tuesday 8th December @ 7pm

Come and join our FREE online ‘ZOOM’ client evening.

Click HERE for more information

To book your FREE place, please contact our reception team on:01428 723594, or via email to



Covid-19 update 5th November 2020

Following the announcement of lockdown in England from November 5th, we want to reassure you that we will continue to be here to care for your horses, whilst still respecting the new guidelines.

As an essential business, we are able to continue to care for your horses and whilst carefully observing the latest guidance our services will continue.  If you are worried about your horse, please contact us. You can continue to obtain medication from the practice during this period.

Thank you for your patience and support of the measures in place to ensure you, your horse and our team are safe.


We are recruiting!

These positions are now filled.
We are looking for enthusiastic people to join our yard team, based at our state- of-the-art specialist equine hospital in Liphook.
– Yard Nurse Vacancies
– Groom Vacancy
Please use the following link for more information, please click here.

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.


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.
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.

Covid-19 Updated Protocols:

Following last night’s update from the Prime Minister we have reviewed and carefully updated our protocols:
It is clear that we will be working with social distancing for the foreseeable future. Our vets are workers coming into contact with different clients and it is very important for us to maintain this distance, both on the road and in the hospital, to protect ourselves and to protect the health of our clients, their families and the public.
Yard Visits:
🔴 When our vets visit your yard, please wear a face mask
🔴 Please adhere to the 2m social distancing, where possible
🔴 Please have you horse ready
🔴 Only one client to attend the appointment / handle the horse (where possible)
Visiting the Hospital:
🔴 Only one client should come in with a horse, whenever possible. If a second or third person travels, please do not enter the trot up, yard or reception
🔴 Social distancing must be respected at all times
🔴 All clients must wear masks (unless exempt) whilst on the yard, on the trot up or in reception
🔴 Visiting is by prior appointment only and a maximum of 2 visitors per horse
🔴 Clients to please wait outside, in their car or box
Please do not be offended if a member of staff asks you to put a mask on, or to keep a 2m distance from them. This is just to ensure we can all keep safe.
We are still able to offer our full equine veterinary services, and remain dedicated to providing the best veterinary care to your horses, ponies and donkeys, in as safe a way as possible.
Thank you for your understanding and support!
From all of us at Liphook Equine Hospital

Housevet Positions

Housevet Positions

Applications are invited for the next 3 housevet positions starting in December 2020,  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.  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

Currently,  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 housevets’ 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.  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.  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.  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.  No pets are allowed in this accommodation.  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.  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.  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.  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.  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.  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.  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.  More importantly perhaps, we also offer good working conditions and, we believe, a happy and supportive environment.  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 . Closing date for applications Monday 31st August 2021.

Using “Grey-zones” 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 “present” or “not present”, 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 150………?
We are now offering further guidance alongside our seasonally adjusted ACTH values and you will now see a “grey-zone” 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).