Oakham vet Vicky Marchi has recently returned from two weeks working as a volunteer vet at The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust in West Africa.
The charity acts to provide veterinary care, equipment and education to owners of working horses and donkeys. The lack of veterinary care and difficult living conditions means injuries and disease are commonplace. This can have a devastating effect as the families rely heavily on their animals for transport and farming.
"The most rewarding days were spent running veterinary clinics at the local markets where queues of horses and donkeys formed for treatment; many had walked for 4 hours to see us. We treated all conditions, including many tropical diseases not seen in the UK with very little equipment other than a stethescope and a thermometer! This presented a very different challenge to working under hospital conditions at Oakham but it was great to see animals improve and return to their families."
Taking care of your horse's teeth is essential to their well-being, not only to prevent disease but to ensure they are comfortable when ridden and performing to the best of their ability.
We recommend yearly check-ups with a vet or qualified equine dental technician, rising to six monthly checks once they reach twelve years of age.
A pre-season check gives us an opportunity to discuss your horse and your plans for the season without the pressure of impending competitions. We can review last season's achievements or problems and discuss how we can help you achieve your goals for the year ahead. We can also liaise with your farrier, physio or chiropractor to decide on a coordinated effort to get the best performance from your horse.
A huge thank you to all of our equine clients who came to the 'Pub Quiz' last month at the Grainstore Brewery. The evening raised a total of £470 for the Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance as well as being a really good night out! Thank you also to all of the local businesses who provided raffle prizes - one of the lucky winners was totally overwhelmed by her £250 bangle from Dawson's of Stamford.
Due to the popularity of the event we didn't have space for everyone who wanted to book a team. Apologies to those clients who weren't able to attend this time, we will keep you posted on future events and look forward to seeing you there.