My horse, my horse, my kindgom for a horse
A considerable portion of my weekly caseload involves the care and treatment of horses and ponies. I visit a number of breeding farms and racing yards on a regular basis. Having worked with horses since qualifying in 2001, I am very competetent and confident in the diagnosis and treatment of the myriad conditions which can afflict your trusty steed. I can advise on worming and vaccination protocols relevant to your needs and the needs of your horse.
Additionally, I have gained excellent proficiency in routine surgical procedures such as castration. This procedure is conducted under general anaesthesia for ease, safety for horse (and vet!) and efficiency. Considerable levels of skill, knowledge and expertise are warranted to ensure safe induction (off to sleep we go!), maintenance (I feel no pain!) and recovery (wakey wakey!) in all cases. The execution of the procedure in field conditions demands meticulous planning and preparation for sterile surgery. I use the mantra of the 7Ps at Mallow Vets to ensure that the surgical procedure is delivered in as safe a manner for the patient as possible:
In light of the horse meat debacle earlier this year, I also offer a passport and microchipping service for your horse. Is is a legal requirement for your horse to be passported and any relevant treatments must be recorded in the relevant section. Additionally, there are certain medications whose administration to a horse permanently precludes that horse from entering the food chain. I am happy to advise on all aspects of such treatments.
No foot, no horse
I have experience in the diagnosis and treatment of common lamenesses in horses and liase with a local farrier where required. For those laminitic ponies and horses, I can also advise on feeding, management and shoeing strategies to help keep Neddy sounder for longer!
and at the end of days......
When your friend is approaching the end of it's happy and contented life, a difficult decision may need to be made regarding euthanasia (humane destruction). It is within our control that horses do not suffer unnecessarily. Where all other remedies and treatments have failed, Neddy can be given a massive and overwhelming dose of anaesthetic, from which there is no recovery. Neddy goes to sleep and never wakes up. Allow me, your trusted veterinary surgeon to advise and guide you at this most testing time.