24 April 2020
With the country in ongoing shut down we have now been advised that we can undertake essential vaccinations as long as social distancing guidance is maintained. By this we mean we will undertake vaccinations that would go over their breach date so those that would be required for the primary course or annual flu. We required that someone is present for the vaccination but at a distance well beyond the 2m recommendations and that you leave the passport outside the stable and leave your horse tied up. Horses that are needle shy and cannot be vaccinated safely without being held will not be able to be vaccinated at this stage as we have to protect our team from injury. BEVA are working to encourage a months grace period over this time should vaccinations lapse over the 12 months for equine influenza and hopefully we will receive an update in due course. All the UK sports governing bodies have reverted to annual vaccinations only during this time and will review their requirements after lockdown has completed. The HPA has advised that all ponies vaccinated in March or April last year have until the end of April to receive their yearly vaccination booster to avoid restarting but that when recommencing playing or umpiring they must be vaccinated within 6 months and 21 days again.
Mare vaccinations relating to EHV and Rota we consider to be still essential healthcare and will put measures in place to ensure horses still receive these, please contact us to make the necessary arrangements as we may ask you to collect the vaccines to give to your mares.
We have now commenced our worming program testing starts in April and many of your tests are already been completed. The remaining spring tests are aimed at being completed over the next 2 weeks and we will be contacting you to confirm arrangements.
I hope this helps to alleviate your concerns, your horses healthcare is very important and we will continue to monitor the situation and keep your horses healthy but for now lets all stay home and try and limit the impact of this awful virus. We are of course on call for emergency work and if you would like to be discuss a challenge you have with your horse, we now have telemedicine available so can remotely provide guidance!