Shorter days, colder nights and wintery showers have arrived so we thought it would be a good time to share some top winter care tips...

Atypical Myopathy is a frequently fatal condition caused by severe muscle damage, not only of the muscle of walking and posture but also of the breathing and heart muscles. The disease is seen in grazing horses and was first reported in the 1940s, but is becoming more common with many cases seen across the UK and Europe.

What is colic?

Colic is a broad veterinary term used to describe any form of abdominal pain. Colic can be triggered by many different causes; most of these are gastrointestinal in nature but occasionally colic can be the result of urinary and reproductive problems and even some severe respiratory disease can present as colic.

As we confirmed earlier this week our full range of routine and emergency services will be available throughout the second lockdown. However, as part of our efforts to restrict the spread of the coronavirus we would like to take this opportunity to reacquaint our clients with our telemedicine consults that were launched at the end of March during the early stages of the pandemic. This service offers a face to face consultation with one of our veterinary surgeons without the need to leave your home/yard.

Circumstances under which a telemedicine consult may be appropriate are:-

  • For a live video assessment by a vet in order to determine whether a physical assessment is required. This could apply to wounds/skin issues etc.
  • In order to assess a horse before prescribing repeat medication . In these exceptional circumstances, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons have made clear that prescribing medicines following a video consult can be appropriate and in the best interests of animal welfare.
  • Before commencing return to work protocols/ turn out

During lockdown these appointments are being offered at a reduced rate of £25. This fee will be charged at the time of booking however if the vet decides that a visit/hospital consult and a physical examination are required the £25 will be deducted from our standard consult fee.

The appointment is very easy to set up - we use a program called Whereby which works either via an app or the web browser on your mobile phone. All you need is good 3G/4G reception or a WIFI connection.

For further details please contact our reception team.

We have introduced a new 'recommend a friend' voucher scheme. If you know a friend or family member that would benefit from Oakham Veterinary Hospital's equine services then email this voucher to them to complete and hand it to the vet at their first Oakham Vet Hospital appointment, you'll both receive £10 credited to your account! 

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We are looking to recruit an administrator/receptionist to join our busy equine office team. Our hospital draws cases from a wide area of the East Midlands and beyond, and is a leading referral centre for surgery, imaging, lameness investigation and sport horse services.

The successful candidate must demonstrate an ability to provide excellent client care whilst showing an ability to multi task and work under pressure. Essential skills required for this role include:

• Sympathetic and efficient telephone manner

• Diligent, hardworking, organised and conscientious

• Flexibility to work as part of team/adapt to business demands

• Experience with office IT, word processing, data handling and web based systems

• A knowledge and understanding of the equine/veterinary industry

Full support and training will be given as there will be an increasing degree of responsibility as the role grows.

HOURS: 35 hours per week to include some Saturday mornings.

Please forward your CV and a cover letter including your salary expectations to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Closing date Friday 30 October, 2020.

Worming Strategy

A robust de-worming strategy is an important part of your horse's general healthcare plan. A high worm burden may result in ill health, weight loss, poor condition, diarrhoea and most seriously, colic.

Care of the elderly horse

A horse or pony of 18 to 20 years of age is entering the golden years. Some horses remain in excellent condition until the moment they pass, while others deteriorate quickly or slowly over time. Horses are living longer and often live healthy lives into their early thirties. Because of the physiological changes normally associated with aging, older horses require a more stringent healthcare routine, environment and diet.

As you will be aware from Friday 24th July facemasks become mandatory in shops and supermarkets in England. As much of our COVID-19 secure guidance has been taken from the Governments Working safely during COVID-19 documents, we will also require clients to wear face coverings when visiting our practice.

For us in the equine department, this means that anyone wishing to enter equine reception or visit an inpatient will be asked to wear a face covering. A one way system is now in place for clients entering both SA and Equine reception and clients will be asked to make use of the hand sanitisers available upon entry. Once admitted to the equine lorry park you will NOT be asked to continue wearing a face covering. The fact that we mitigate risk using other methods such as social distancing and that we can interact with clients in an outdoor space means coverings are unnecessary in this environment.

If you have any questions please ask our reception team. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Computed Tomography

Computed Tomography (CT) is the latest specialist imaging equipment to be added at Oakham Veterinary Hospital. The CT scanner takes multiple, single slice x-rays and is able to create a highly detailed 3-dimensional reconstruction of the patient. Using sophisticated software, we can use the acquired images to fully visualise and understand the location of the pathology. CT imaging is ideal for examining bone or soft tissue structures of the head, neck and limbs of horses, or anywhere in a dog or cat.

At Oakham Veterinary Hospital we are passionate about the promotion of preventative healthcare. Part of this is to make sure your horse’s vaccinations are kept up to date. Horses need to be vaccinated to prevent unnecessary suffering and to promote horse health. The consequences of lapsed vaccinations can be expensive and disruptive.

We have implemented strict protocols for clients bringing horses to the hospital for appointments. We ask that clients please observe the following for the safety of both yourselves and our staff.