Coronavirus COVID-19 Advice For Equine Clients

Please read our latest guidance for Equine clients regarding visits and appointments following the Governments most recent announcement on Monday 23rd March.

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This information is correct at the time of publishing. Please be aware things may be subject to change at very short notice.

Latest update: 25-March-2020

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 23 March, and in line with the guidance we have received from our governing bodies, Scarsdale Equine Vets will now be providing essential and emergency care only, until these restrictions are lifted.

This is in line with all other equine veterinary practices. This emergency and essential treatment will, as normal be available 24 hours a day should you have an emergency.

Our vets, nurses and support staff are completely committed to equine health and welfare but in this extreme situation we are obliged to do everything we can do protect human health and that of our clients, staff and vulnerable people in society. As such we must do everything we can to comply with these guidelines.

We understand that you will have many concerns and queries regarding this so have compiled a few of the most commonly asked ones below.

What is Emergency & Essential Care?

This is treatment of horses that are sick or injured. Any conditions that you would call a vet out to normally as an emergency then we are here for you and we will be on hand to treat the condition.

If you are unsure whether you require an emergency call, please do not hesitate to call the practice and we can advise you of whether a visit is necessary or whether we can advise you by phone. When a visit is needed we will require you to observe social distancing as much as is possible and to have the minimal number of people (ideally one person) present at the visit.

Essential and emergency care does not cover conditions such as vaccinations, prescription checks, vettings, routine dentistry, mild lameness and poor performance.

If you are uncertain about any health issue with your horse, please ring the practice and our vets will be happy to discuss the case with you including whether it requires examination as an urgent case or whether we can advise treatment/management over the phone.


We have had many queries regarding whether we will attend for euthanasia. Euthanasia does qualify as essential care.

We will need to make some arrangements minimising those present to one person and liase with you regarding other factors, however we will work with you to make this as easy as possible in the circumstances.


We will NOT be doing annual flu or tetanus vaccinations for the next three weeks, and until our guidelines change. If this results in your horse going out of date, it is likely that there will be a vaccine amnesty to help everyone restart their vaccines.

There is no need to do the extra six monthly boosters at present as competitions are all cancelled so the mixing of horses is minimal.

Due to the lockdown measures, experts are of the view that a delay in annual booster will have no impact on equine welfare for the next few weeks.

Medication Reviews & Routine Medications

Many horses are coming up for their routine medical reviews. At this period of lockdown we have been allowed by our governing bodies the ability to discuss the progress and review by telephone as we have extenuating circumstances and therefore authorise some further supply of the medication.

Horses With Ongoing Health, Lameness Or Dental Issues

If your horse has ongoing health, lameness or dental issues, please ring or email to discuss how best to manage this in the short term.

Ordering Medication

For medication ordering, please contact the practice as normal but try to allow as much notice as possible to allow these to be processed.

We can often post medication out to you, if you come to the practice to collect, please call us when you arrive and follow the receptionist’s advice in order to pick up the medications safely.

Horse Owners That Are Self Isolating Or Vulnerable

If you require an emergency visit then we do require certain procedures to be put in place to safeguard both yourselves and our staff before we can attend. Please advise the practice when you ring to place the call of the situation so we can try to put arrangements in place for the visit to be carried out safely.


Please pay by card, ideally by phone or contactless, or online to minimise compromising social distancing measures.

Moving Forwards

We will continue to monitor and review the advice received from the government and our governing bodies and will let you know if anything changes.

This is a very difficult time for all of us, both clients and the practice, with everyone working in challenging times. We are grateful for you support and patience.

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