Change in services from 2nd July 2021 - 22nd May 2021
Have you registered with another vet practice yet regarding our change in services?
It is with great sadness that I find myself writing to inform you of the cessation of veterinary services from Shorefield Equine Veterinary Practice Ltd from July 2nd 2021. After this date the practice will no longer be providing any first opinion veterinary services or a 24/7 emergency service.
I very much wanted to inform you by letter rather than email however due to breaches in confidence I have been forced to send this now as I did not want our loyal clients to find out second hand.
Firstly as I’m sure you can imagine this is by no means a decision that has been made lightly and there have been a number of factors that have led me to make this hard and sad change in lifestyle. I’m totally overwhelmed and humbled by the support you have all shown me over the past 5 years which makes the decision even harder than it already is.
As a lot of you may be aware Laura will soon be starting her maternity leave. We are so pleased for Laura and can’t wait to meet her new arrival however, she has been a massive support that the business will struggle to replace. Lots of you have met Zoe who joined us last year, when she started she was upfront and said that once things became a bit more normal again in the world she’d be leaving us to fulfil her dream of conservation work abroad and who can blame her, being in a hot country playing with seal pups everyday sounds like the dream. I’m truly grateful to have found such a brilliant support network in them both but even with their support I still find myself constantly overrun and burnt out due to the volume of clients we have and working without them is hard to imagine. Sadly it’s incredibly difficult to find an Equine Vet and despite an extensive search for replacements, recruitment within the profession at this point in time is very challenging and none have been found.
On a personal level I find myself trying to be split between everyone wanting routine appointments and not being able to get to anyone very quickly so working long days but also covering most of the on call emergencies throughout the night and weekends. I miss the days when I had time to come and see your horse but also have a piece of cake and a cup of tea. Alongside all of this I also have to try and manage a busy business. This is unsustainable for anyone and frankly I’m exhausted. I would really like to try and have some sort of work life balance again and do things normal people can do without being tied to covering all of the emergencies. Not many of you know but Emilia and I also have a little one on the way and I’d really like to be part of their life growing up.
So this has finalised my decision amongst many other things that have mounted up that I will be stopping work as a first opinion veterinary surgeon; but don’t worry it’s not totally goodbye. I plan to carry on working within the veterinary profession providing a routine and advanced dental service alongside pre-purchase examinations and second opinions. I will no longer be carrying out first opinion and emergency services. I will be keeping all the equipment so if you ever find yourselves needing dental work, a vetting or a second opinion I’ll be able to examine just as I am now but hopefully with more time to do it. It has been apparent for a while that I am unable to provide the service that either I or you want, given the long waiting times of 6-8 weeks for an appointment. This makes the working environment very stressful, not just for me but for everyone involved.
If you do need us in the future, there will still be some familiar faces. Debbie, Jemima and Laura (in 9mths!) will be continuing to work for us just in slightly different roles.
As such, it is with regret that I must ask you to register with another veterinary practice before 2nd July 2021. I shall endeavour to fulfil all our current commitments and bring as many current and open cases to a resolution up until the end of this date.
I never set out to create Shorefield looking to make my millions, I did it because I loved it and have a passion for horses. As such the practice will not be sold to another practice or to a corporate company. I will retain the business but just be adapting it offering a different service.
I want to thank you for your longstanding loyalty and for being a part of the practice. Your support has been and is very much appreciated and we can only apologise that we are unable to continue with the service we have been providing. I know that many of you will be just as sad as I am to see this change happen but I hope that you can also understand why I have made this decision.
Thank you so much for all your support over the years, I will miss you all dearly.
Coronavirus update - 7th January 2021
Following the latest government announcement that we are now in another national lockdown, we will continue to implement our coronavirus practice policy to ensure optimum safety for our clients, staff and the general public.
We will continue to provide full veterinary care on a risk assessed basis. Please get in touch if you have coronavirus or any symptoms, have been around someone with symptoms or have been asked to self isolate to help us stop the spread of the virus and we can discuss the safest way to provide veterinary care for your horses.
We just want to highlight some key points that we believe are very important in keeping everyone safe:
Continuing to social distance (2 meter distance)
Wear a mask at all times ( Unless medically exempt )
Please keep all gates open (where possible) to avoid unnecessary contact
No tea or cakes at the moment for the vets, as much as they wish that wasn't the case!
Do not enter the office in any circumstances. For repeat prescriptions and medications that are being collected from the office please call us and we will explain our procedure
We are currently not charging for any appointment cancellations so please do not worry if you need to rearrange your appointment due to coronavirus.
Please find links below with RCVS guidance and BEVA guidance.
Please stay safe and any questions don't hesitate to contact us:
New battery powered Ultrasound machine! 23rd May 2020
EQUIPMENT UPDATE - NO POWER REQUIRED!
We are pleased to announce the arrival of a new battery powered Ultrasound machine. This is a versatile machine allowing not only fertility scanning but also musculoskeletal scanning for lameness problems. This will allow us to examine your horses and ponies on the yard with no need for power.
This is in addition to our portable and battery powered endoscope, capable of endoscopy of the upper respiratory tract and stomach as well as our battery powered and wireless DR x-ray system.
Services update - 18th May 2020
As a result of the current advice from the government, as of Monday 18th May 2020 we will be performing RISK ASSESSED routine, essential and emergency equine veterinary care.
We are pleased to announce that our vaccine supplier is providing support for those clients whose horse’s vaccination have lapsed as a result of the Coronavirus restrictions. The offer is limited to previously fully vaccinated horses who missed their annual booster vaccination as a result of the lockdown. We can offer the second vaccination of the primary vaccination course free of charge; please note that visit charges still apply. If you fall into this category, please contact the office on 01579-228786 as soon as possible to book in.
We are doing all that we can to safeguard human and equine health and welfare and to comply with the government guidelines. However, if you think that social distancing is not possible and can not be maintained please discuss this with us prior to arrival.
We thank you all for how considerate you have been since the start of lockdown and that you and your families remain safe and well.
COVID-19 Emergencies only! March 2020.
Important update regarding Covid-19
Due to the latest Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and government advice, our service will be changing to 24/7 emergency only cover. The duration of this is currently unknown but we shall inform you of any changes as soon as we are made aware.
If you have appointments already booked with us, we will be calling you tomorrow to rearrange so please wait for us to call you.
We believe these measures are a very important step in stopping the spread of the virus, saving lives and reducing the burden on our NHS.
If you have an emergency then please call us on 01579 228786 as normal, your horses welfare is our priority.
Please stay safe and drop us an email or Facebook message with any questions.
Shorefield Equine Veterinary Practice
COVID-19 Update- March 2020.
As I am sure you can all understand we all need to be be enforcing stricter policies around our visits and social distancing to help protect our local community particularly those at higher risk.
In guidance with veterinary governing bodies the following will
Visits will be risk assessed. Any appointments that are currently booked in and do need rearranging, we will be in touch. Please bear with us.
We won’t be seeing vaccines, routine dentals, colt castrates, pre-purchase examinations and other visits deemed as non-essential
If we do need to visit, we ask that social distancing is strictly implemented and the amount of people at a visit must be restricted therefore we will discuss this with you before we attend
Please allow at least two days for the ordering and collection of medications, we will arrange how you can make collections at the time of ordering
Debbie and Jemima will be working from home therefore there will only be one phone line so if it is engaged please bear with us and if you have an emergency please call the pager on 07623 984736 (this may need to be reviewed in the coming days so keep an eye on the facebook page and website)
Your horse’s health is of upmost importance to us so if you have any concerns please call us and we can discuss the best options and provide advice.
Please stay safe everyone and continue to follow the government advise.
COVID-19 - March 2020.
We are currently continuing with our usual full service, but we will be implementing a few sensible precautions:
If you are showing symptoms/feeling unwell or in isolation and your horse(s) needs to be seen by a vet, please give the office a call so we can work out the best way to help your horse.
If you have hand washing facilities on the yard, we would be grateful for you to offer these to the vets at the end of the visit. We do have our own hand hygiene products on board, but as we all know washing with soap and water is best -
Don’t forget the Happy Birthday song!
Please don’t be offended if we don’t greet you with a handshake
If you need to collect medications from the office, please arrange this in advance.
Due to the ever-changing advice we will keep you updated on our procedures.
Thank you for your co-operation in these unsure times.
WE NOW HAVE A SURGICAL AND THERAPEUTIC LASER! August 2019
Our laser allows us to use it in a surgical and/or in a therapeutic capacity.
In the surgical area, the laser beam can be used for cutting tissue like a scalpel. High temperatures of up to 300 °C cause the cells to pop open and evaporate. This process is called vaporisation leading to cutting and coagulation with minimal bleeding.
The benefits of a laser scalpel includes greater precision, reduction of bleeding via instantaneous cauterisation of wounds, and faster healing for the patient.
The use of the laser therapeutic capacity helps with inflammation, pain relief, accelerated tissue repair and cell growth, improved vascular activity and metabolic activity. It can help reduced fibrous tissue formation in wound healing as well as improved nerve function and faster wound healing.
Uses in horses;
Founder – Hoof
Post Injury – Extremity
Post Injury – Trunk
Surgical Applications – Laser Scalpel
NEW X-RAY MACHINE! August 2019
We now have an even better X-ray machine wivery high quality radiograph images, its completely battery operated making it much easier for those yards with no power, its much faster than our older machine and much more robust.
Superior image quality from AGFA’s MUSICA 3 image processing software
Higher resolution for more accurate diagnosis
Adjusts contrast and brightness to optimise imaging
Ultra-fast image acquisition
NX3 workstation – intuitive fast workflow and image sequence
Improved cost and workflow efficiency
Delivers more consistency by better compensating for incorrect exposures
Includes Automatic Exposure Detection (AED), which allows seamless use with almost all x-ray systems
WELCOME LAURA! April 2019
We are delighted to welcome vet Laura to the practice. Laura has worked locally since graduating 6 years ago. Having an experienced extra pair of hands has helped no end in covering our growth in client demand and she is a welcome asset to the team. Lee also gets a well deserved night off once in a while (but we don't wan't him to get too comfy!)
EQUINE FLU - February 2019
Understandably we have had many calls about the equine flu outbreak, currently details are limited however the confirmed cases this week are in Suffolk and Yorkshire unfortunately some horses involved aren't vaccinated.
We are encouraging our clients to be vigilant and to minimise contact and exposure.
As always, we promote strict bio security policies on yards particularly when new horses arrive on to the yard.
What is Equine Flu?
Equine flu is an infectious disease which affects the upper respiratory tract of horses.
What are the symptoms?
High temperature (>38.5°c)
Harsh dry cough
(vaccinated horses may show milder signs)
Clinical signs usually appear within 1–5 days of exposure to the flu virus and they can last for 3–6 weeks
How is equine flu spread?
Equine flu is contagious it can be spread via infected horses releasing contaminated droplets into the air when coughing, it can also live on surfaces, objects and peoples’ clothing that have been contaminated by these droplets. Strict hygiene is key to preventing the spread of equine flu.
Maintaining high hygiene standards
Avoid traveling your horse unnecessarily
Don’t share hay nets, buckets and other equipment between horses
Isolate new horses
Please call us on 01579 228786 or 07884 482438 for any further help and advice
Here is a useful link to “Hands On Against Disease” published by World Horse Welfare
Designed for the first time breeder, these kits have everything you need in preparation for your first foal. The kits include the following:
· Comprehensive foaling information pack
· 1 x Vetwrap
· 1 x pair long sleeve gloves
· 1 x 500ml bottle lubricant
· 1 x pair blunt scissors
· 1m string for tying up placenta
· 1 x bag for placenta
· 2 x small towels
· 1 x umbilical dip
· 1 x enema
· 1 x bottle and teat
· 2 x sample pots
· 1 x Protexin Quickfix
Kits are priced at £36 inc VAT.
If you would like to purchase one send us a message or contact us on 01579 228786 during normal working hours or email
CONGRATULATIONS EMILIA! March 2018
We are pleased to announce that Emilia has passed her final BEVA/BVDA dentistry exams and is now a fully qualified equine dentist. This qualification is notoriously difficult to attain and takes an awful lot of hard work and dedication; we look forward to working alongside her.
Cushings and Equine Metabolic Syndrome—What does it mean for my horse?
Tendons and Ligaments—Why do they cause so many problems?
Dates and times of upcoming talks will be confirmed via our Facebook page and website!