INFORMATION FOR REFERRING VETS
Referring a Patient
We aim to provide a friendly, personable service that supports your clinical evaluation, and to communicate with you as rapidly as possible. If you have any queries about a potential equine referral or wish to discuss a horse that you have referred, do not hesitate to contact us.
The reception for referral booking is open Monday to Friday, from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. After you have contacted us about a referral, we are happy to contact the client directly to organise appointment times and details.
If you have any queries, you are welcome to contact the Equine Centre during office hours for an update. After discussion with you, a final report will be sent to you and copied to the owner. In the case of direct referrals for imaging, the diagnostic imaging findings will be discussed with you as soon as possible and a written report with accompanying images will be provided.
We can provide copies of any scintigraphic or MR images in a format suitable for you to use. We welcome feedback on progress of cases.
Direct Referral Service for Imaging only
A direct referral service for imaging only is available, including electronic referrals; please talk to us about your requirements.
Pre Purchase Examinations
Equine pre-purchase evaluations can be carried out on an out patient basis. We need to know as much as possible about the horse, its age and intended use, whether or not the purchaser has any reservations about the horse and if it is to be insured for either all risks of mortality or loss of use prior to the examination. We also need to know whether examinations additional to the standard 5 stage pre-purchase examination are required. For example are radiographs required and if so, of what areas? Is an endoscopic evaluation of the upper airways required? Is it necessary to perform an ultrasonographic examination of the tendons or ligaments? Should a blood sample be collected for either storage or immediate testing for the presence of drugs, either for commonly used anti-inflammatory drugs or a whole screen?
It is helpful if both the vendor and purchaser can be present for the evaluation. We ideally require the vendor to sign a declaration relating to the horse's previous medical history, work status and management history. The vendor or their agent also has to give permission for collection of blood or sedation. If any unexpected findings materialise these can be discussed with the purchaser if they are present and, if appropriate, the vendor. Failing this, we need a contact telephone number for the purchaser so that we can speak with them if examination is necessary.
The horse will be required to be ridden for the examination. We can provide a skilled rider if necessary. If the horse undergoes radiography it will need to be sedated. If radiographs of the front feet are required the shoes will be removed. If we know in advance, it may be possible to arrange for the horse to be reshod.
We can also provide interpretation of radiographs or other images obtained elsewhere as part of an equine pre-purchase examination. The standard x-ray protocol varies between countries and we can provide a list of the views that we consider necessary. You are advised to contact us in advance.
Please click here to view BEVA/RCVS Guidance Notes on the Examination of a Horse on Behalf of a Prospective Purchaser