The Equine Centre is a second-referral clinic. This means that all the clinical cases we see come with a referral from, or with the knowledge and approval of your own vet. This is necessary, as after your horse has been to the Equine Centre, and been diagnosed and possibly treated by us, they will return to the care of your own vet.
The reception for referral booking is open Monday to Friday, from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. We try to arrange appointments for in-patients, whose appointments might take three to four days, at the beginning of the week. Main appointment times are 9.00 a.m., 11.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m., although alternative times can be arranged when necessary. It is also possible for horses to be admitted to the Equine Centre at the weekend in which case the intern on duty will admit your horse.
Confirmation of an appointment is sent out by post, fax or e-mail, depending on how soon your horse is coming to us. Sometimes paperwork will be ready in reception, for you to complete on your arrival. The paperwork comprises confirmation of the date and time of your appointment, together with the name of the clinician in charge of your case. There are two copies of a consent form, which has to be signed before any investigations can commence. The consent form covers all possible investigations, and many of the points will not necessarily be relevant for your particular circumstances.