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;

  • Back Soreness

  • Burns

  • Dermatitis Conditions

  • Founder – Hoof

  • Muscle Recovery

  • Navicular

  • Neurological

  • Post Injury – Extremity

  • Post Injury – Trunk

  • Stress Fracture

  • Suspensory Injury

  • Surgical Applications – Laser Scalpel

    •  Cauterize

    • Cutting

    • Soft Incision

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


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)

  • Lethargy

  • Harsh dry cough

  • Nasal discharge

  • Off food

(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

  • Vaccination

  • 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


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.


  • Gastric Ulcers

  • Cushings and Equine Metabolic Syndrome—What does it mean for my horse?

  • Understanding Colic

  • 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!


Atypical myopathy is a condition which affects the horses muscles. Although rare, it is a serious condition and needs prompt veterinary attention.

It is caused by a toxin (hypoglycin A) found in the leaves and seeds of  Sycamore trees. Cases are more commonly seen in autumn and spring as the increased winds blows the leaves and seeds off the trees.

It usually affects young horses at grass and can been seen in multiple horses within a group.

Horses typically present with generalised muscle stiffness and weakness and may appear to have trouble eating. Within 48 hours, they can become unable to stand and find it difficult to breathe. They often have dark brown urine due to the breakdown products from muscles (myoglobin) leaving their body via the urine.

Prevention is based on not allowing horses to ingest Sycamore leaves or seeds. Fencing off Sycamore trees, not using fields which contain Sycamore trees, or picking up leaves and seeds whilst poo picking will limit a horses access to the toxin. Ensuring the horse has sufficient grass during high risk periods will make the leaves and seeds less appealing!

Office hours Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm

Shorefield Equine Veterinary Practice, Unit 3 Ashleigh Meadow, Tregondale, Menheniot, Liskeard, PL14 3RG

Registered No. 7295376