Routine and Preventative Health Care

VACCINATIONS

It is recommended in the UK that horses, ponies and donkeys are minimally vaccinated against equine influenza and tetanus.

It is a client’s responsibility to ensure that their animal has sufficient cover for the regulatory authority of their chosen activities or discipline.

Equine Influenza

Most organisations follow the FEI guidelines which includes:

  • A primary course of two injections to be administered not less than 21 days, and not more than 92 days apart.
  • A third booster injection to be administered within 7 months (150 – 215 days) after the second injection of the primary course.
  • Once these three initial vaccinations are administered, subsequent boosters should be administered not more than one year since the last booster injection.

Additionally, it is a requirement for competing animals to have been administered a booster in the proceeding 6 months and 21 days of the competition. However, this booster cannot be administered within 7 days of the competition itself to allow for a sufficient withdrawal period.

Tetanus

Vaccination against tetanus is not mandatory for competition purposes, but strongly recommended as its endotoxins are found in manure and soil, which are contracted by wounds. Tetanus vaccination is often combined with the equine influenza vaccination or it can be provided on its own.

The primary course of two injections are provided at 4-6 week intervals, a booster should then be administered before 12 months and then subsequent boosters at a maximum of 2-yearly intervals.

Equine Herpes Virus

There are different types of herpes virus, however types I and IV are of most clinical significance and can be associated with respiratory disease, abortion and neurological disease.

It is strongly recommended that pregnant mares are vaccinated during the 5th, 7th and 9th months of pregnancy to provide effective immunity against abortion.

Other horses which are being vaccinated should be administered after 5 months of age. A primary course of two injections should be administered between 4-6 weeks, followed by subsequent boosters at no more than 6 monthly intervals.

Other vaccinations should be discussed with a veterinary surgeon and administered in accordance with the manufacturers’ recommendations.

CERTIFICATION

In October 2018 new legislation was introduced making it a legal requirement for every horse, pony or donkey in the UK to not only have a valid UK passport but to also be microchipped. Foals must have a passport and microchip by the age of 6 months, or by 31st December in the year of their birth.

To obtain a passport the horse must be have a valid microchip inserted and an identification drawing of its markings drawn by a vet. The identification drawing along with the owners chosen passport agency paperwork can then be posted to request for a passport to be issued.

DENTAL CARE

Horses, ponies and donkeys dentition is described as ‘hypsodont’ which means that their teeth continually erupt and are worn during the foraging process. However, the diet of our domestic animals is not consistent with that of the wild and there is the requirement to manage this continual eruption through controlled rasping of the occlusal surface.

Some horses develop additional problems such as gaps between their teeth (diastemata). Food material may become entrapped in these spaces and decay, which results in the development of dental disease if flushing is not regularly undertaken. Animals should routinely undergo dental examination at least every 12 months or less if there is a particular concern.

Our vets are experienced and capable of undertaking routine dental care which includes routine rasping, diastema flushing, examination for problems and subsequent management of advanced dental treatment if it is required. The extraction of wolf teeth is also available.

To facilitate a comprehensive dental examination and undertake routine rasping without unnecessary stress it is recommended that sedation is administered.
For this reason our dental examination fee incorporates the use of sedation.

Advanced dental treatment is undertaken by a visiting dental specialist, James Roxburgh MRCVS.

COMMUNITY HEALTH PLAN – COMING SOON…

Thornton Wright will be launching the option for clients to take part in a community health plan. This is to help clients divide the cost of routine healthcare and aims to improve the affordability of preventative healthcare, whilst providing peace of mind that your animal’s medical needs are being met.

Thornton Wright’s Health Plan includes:

  • Annual booster vaccination against flu and tetanus
  • Annual health check
  • Trot up examination
  • Dental exam and rasp (including sedation)
  • Worming Plan, including the provision of one worming treatment per year as indicated by your faecal egg count results and with efficacy against tapeworm
  • 3 x faecal egg counts
  • Discount: 10% off long term medications.

This health plan requires a 12 monthly direct debit commitment from the date of our visit to undertake the booster vaccination, health check, trot up and dental examination.

Our health plan appointments will be available on selected days each month.

Our reception team will aim to contact you to remind you to arrange your annual appointment, however it is ultimately your responsibility to contact reception with 1 month’s notice of the booster due date to schedule an appointment for this scheme.

GERIATRIC HEALTH

It is important not to forget the wellness of our elderly patients. As our horses, ponies and donkey’s age, so do their organs and this can give rise to many different diseases.

Our geriatric health provision aims to ensure that your elderly animal benefits from optimal wellness whilst not compromising welfare. Our specific geriatric horse assessment package includes a physical and oral examination, limited dynamic assessment and geriatric blood profile. Additional testing for any other specific diseases of concern (ie. Cushings) can be undertaken.

Some of our elderly patients may require long term medication. This medication may be the provision of anti-inflammatory treatment to help eliminate pain associated with ageing conditions such as osteoarthritis, or to provide specific treatment for a diagnosed condition.

PARASITE CONTROL

Understanding the correct timing and product to use to address and prevent parasite burdens can be challenging.

Responsible use of worming products (anthelmintics) is vital to prevent the build up of parasites from becoming resistant to the products that are available. Correct management aims to treat the burden of today whilst safeguarding treatments with a capability against the burden of tomorrow.

Our veterinary surgeons are able to offer individual or integrated, yard worming management protocols depending on your requirements. These protocols utilise recent scientific advice, faecal egg counting, and advice on targeted treatment. More advanced consultancy can deploy red worm serological (blood test) analysis and tapeworm saliva testing as required.

VACCINATIONS

It is recommended in the UK that horses, ponies and donkeys are minimally vaccinated against equine influenza and tetanus.
It is a clients’ responsibility to ensure that their animal has sufficient cover for the regulatory authority of their chosen activities or discipline.
Equine Influenza

Most organisations follow the FEI guidelines which includes:

  • A primary course of two injections to be administered not less than 21 days, and not more than 92 days apart.
  • A third booster injection to be administered within 7 months (150 – 215 days) after the second injection of the primary course.
  • Once these three initial vaccinations are administered, subsequent boosters should be administered not more than one year since the last booster injection.

Additionally, it is a requirement for competing animals to have been administered a booster in the proceeding 6 months and 21 days of the competition. However, this booster cannot be administered within 7 days of the competition itself to allow for a sufficient withdrawal period.

Tetanus

Vaccination against tetanus is not mandatory for competition purposes, but strongly recommended as its endotoxins are found in manure and soil, which are contracted by wounds. Tetanus vaccination is often combined with the equine influenza vaccination or it can be provided on its own.

The primary course of two injections are provided at 4-6 week intervals, a booster should then be administered before 12 months and then subsequent boosters at a maximum of 2-yearly intervals.

Equine Herpes Virus

There are different types of herpes virus, however types I and IV are of most clinical significance and can be associated with respiratory disease, abortion and neurological disease.

It is strongly recommended that pregnant mares are vaccinated during the 5th, 7th and 9th months of pregnancy to provide effective immunity against abortion.

Other horses which are being vaccinated should be administered after 5 months of age. A primary course of two injections should be administered between 4-6 weeks, followed by subsequent boosters at no more than 6 monthly intervals.

Other vaccinations should be discussed with a veterinary surgeon and administered in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations.

CERTIFICATION

In October 2018 new legislation was introduced making it a legal requirement for every horse, pony or donkey in the UK to not only have a valid UK passport but to also be microchipped. Foals must have a passport and microchip by the age of 6 months, or by 31st December in the year of their birth.

To obtain a passport the horse must be have a valid microchip placed and an identification drawing of its markings drawn by a vet. The identification drawing along with the owners chosen passport agency paperwork can then be posted to request for a passport to be issued.

DENTAL CARE

Horses, ponies and donkeys dentition is described as ‘hypsodont’ which means that their teeth continually erupt and are worn during the foraging process. However, the diet of our domestic animals is not consistent with that of the wild and there is the requirement to manage this continual eruption through controlled rasping of the occlusal surface.

Some horses develop additional problems such as gaps between their teeth (diastemata). Food material may become entrapped in these spaces and decay, which results in the development of dental disease if flushing is not regularly undertaken. Animals should routinely undergo dental examination at least every 12 months or less if there is a particular concern.

Our vets are experienced and capable of undertaking routine dental care which includes routine rasping, diastema flushing, examination for problems and subsequent management of advanced dental treatment if it is required. The extraction of wolf teeth is also available.

To facilitate a comprehensive dental examination and undertake routine rasping without unnecessary stress it is recommended that sedation is administered.
For this reason our dental examination fee incorporates the use of sedation.

Advanced dental treatment is undertaken by a visiting dental specialist, James Roxburgh MRCVS.

COMMUNITY HEALTH PLAN – COMING SOON…

Thornton Wright has launched the option for clients to take part in our community health plan. This is to help clients divide the cost of routine healthcare for your animal. The cost per animal is £12 + VAT per month and aims to improve the affordability of preventative healthcare, whilst providing peace of mind that your animal’s medical needs are being met.

Thornton Wright’s Health Plan includes:

  • Annual booster vaccination against flu and tetanus
  • Annual health check
  • Trot up examination
  • Dental exam and rasp (including sedation)
  • Worming Plan, including the provision of one worming treatment per year as indicated by your faecal egg count results and with efficacy against tapeworm
  • 4 x faecal egg counts
  • Discount: 10% off long term medications.

This health plan requires a 12 monthly direct debit commitment from the date of our visit to undertake the booster vaccination, health check, trot up and dental examination.

Our health plan appointments are available on selected days each month.

Our reception team will aim to contact you to remind you to arrange your annual appointment, however it is ultimately your responsibility to contact reception with 1 months notice of the booster due date to schedule an appointment for this scheme.

GERIATRIC HEALTH

It is important not to forget the wellness of our elderly patients. As our horses, ponies and donkey’s age, so do their organs and this can give rise to many different diseases.

Our geriatric health provision aims to ensure that your elderly animal benefits from optimal wellness whilst not compromising welfare. Our specific geriatric horse assessment package includes a physical and oral examination, limited dynamic assessment and geriatric blood profile. Additional testing for any other specific diseases of concern (ie. Cushings) can be undertaken.

Some of our elderly patients may require long term medication. This medication may be the provision of anti-inflammatory treatment to help eliminate pain associated with ageing conditions such as osteoarthritis, or to provide specific treatment for a diagnosed condition.

PARASITE CONTROL

Understanding the correct timing and product to use to address and prevent parasite burdens can be challenging.

Responsible use of worming products (anthelmintics) is vital to prevent the build up of parasites from becoming resistant to the products that are available. Correct management aims to treat the burden of today whilst safeguarding treatments with a capability against the burden of tomorrow.

Our veterinary surgeons are able to offer individual or integrated, yard worming management protocols depending on your requirements. These protocols utilise recent scientific advice, faecal egg counting, and advice on targeted treatment. More advanced consultancy can deploy red worm serological (blood test) analysis and tapeworm saliva testing as required.

Experienced equine clinicians
available for emergency care 24/7
Call us on 01652 240 071

Normal office hours: Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5pm

Experienced equine clinicians

available for emergency care 24/7

Call us on
01652 240 071

Normal office hours:
Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5pm