Our regulatory body the RCVS and BEVA have recently issued updated guidelines for vets treating horses.
These are guidelines not rules so are open to interpretation. The principals behind these guidelines are that all interactions be thoroughly risk assessed, weighing the risks against the potential benefits. Each situation, be it an emergency or a vaccination presents a unique set of risks vs potential benefits.
We at SEP take the Covid19 pandemic very seriously and consequently are employing social distancing practices and other bio security measures to protect ourselves and our clients when we attend horses, and would ask our clients to do likewise.
In the light of the recent guidance, by taking responsible measures we are able to attend horses that are not emergencies. Each case needs be assessed on an individual basis. To this end we suggest that you call the office or one of the vets to discuss the situation. It may be that we are able to attend even non urgent calls given suitable distancing procedures or even conduct a video consultation to avoid any risk.
We thank you for your understanding and assure you we will continue to do our utmost to look after your horses’ needs in a responsible safe fashion.
Mirroring our GP colleagues we will also be providing video consultations as an alternative to physical examinations for appropriate cases in order to maintain safe social distancing without compromising patient care.
Please contact either our main number 01749 830666 or our Pager Service 07623 984669. When attending emergencies our vets will be following the latest social distancing guidelines and trust that our clients will respect these guidelines too. Please do inform us if you are aware of any increased risk of exposure to COVID-19.