A NEW state-of-the-art equine veterinary clinic is hoping to open its doors later this summer.
The clinic, at Fairmoor, near Morpeth, is not only an expansion of one of the region’s foremost equine veterinary practices, the Alnorthumbria Veterinary Group, it is also significantly increases the range of cutting-edge equine treatments available in the region.
Now in the advanced planning stage, facilities will be available to all sectors of the equine industry, offering full hospitalisation and surgical facilities.
The foundations for this leading equine practice were laid more than 100 years ago when the two fledgling practices which now make up Alnorthumbria were not much more than a consulting room with a filing cabinet.
The group has worked hard to build up the practice reputation‘ and it has now become well recognised within this field. In addition to continually improving its facilities, its vets and nurses are also encouraged to constantly upgrade their qualifications.
Lesley Barwise-Munro, a past president of the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) and honorary vice president of the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC), is one of the three equine directors involved, along with Rosie Mould and Stephen Bradley.
Lesley said: “We have 24-hour equine vets available for emergency care day and night. We have five full-time equine vets, four Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) or European Certificate holders. We have a team of veterinary nurses training in equine veterinary nursing with the RCVS.
“This adds strength and depth to the level of care that we can offer your horse, pony or donkey at our current equine premises and at Morpeth in September.”
The equine division, a RCVS-approved Practice Standards Tier 2 equine practice, is run by a team of five experienced equine vets.
It is a BEVA Emergency Services Protocol Listed Practice meaning it is able to respond to Police and Fire Brigade emergencies. The team is also heavily involved with Newcastle Racecourse. However the services of the practice are available to all types of horses and ponies.
The new clinic is a huge investment, and will be of significant benefit to the equine industry in the region.
The equine centre adds to Alnorthumbria’s existing services, offering hospitalisation with 24-hour veterinary and nursing care including onsite accommodation.
There will be a confidential performance assessment area, two dedicated examination and diagnostic rooms and fully equipped operating facilities backed up by in-house laboratory facilities.
Equine veterinary services offered at the new clinic will include:
l Artificial Insemination.
l Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy which can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including suspensory ligament desmitis, tendon lesions and splints.
l Cutting-edge biological treatments including IRAP, PRP and stem cell therapy to help repair tendon and ligament damage and post-operative therapy.
l A modern equine dental service.
l Diagnostic services including digital radiography, ultrasonography, overground endoscopy, video gastroscopy, sinoscopy and respiratory endoscopy.
l Laser surgery for the removal of sarcoids, melanomas and certain performance-limiting upper respiratory tract abnormalities
l Access to specialists consultant surgeons.
Education about routine and emergency care of horses and ponies will be available for all ages of children and adults via yard or clinic-based workshops, client evenings and Pony Club talks.
Lesley said Alnorthumbria’s service to equines across north Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham and the Scottish Borders will not change as the ambulatory service remains the same.
She said: “The new clinic facilitates the additional care that is often needed if a horse, pony or donkey requires hospitalisation or further diagnostics such as x-rays, ultrasound scan, endoscopy, performance assessment or surgical procedures.”
The development at Morpeth also allows for the further development of the group’s Wagonway Road site in Alnwick, which will become a modern veterinary centre for small and farm animals.