Eventing pre-season evaluations

Managing the modern day sport horse involves working in close conjunction with riders, owners, trainers and para-professionals to optimise fitness and performance to enable the horse to perform at a high level. Our vets understand the demands of competition and the desire to peak for specific events.

A pre-season check gives us an opportunity to discuss your horse and your plans for the season without the pressure of impending competitions. A thorough orthopaedic exam enables us to flag up any potential issues that may manifest as injuries later in the year. This will include flexion tests and lunging on a hard and soft surface. We can assess body condition, discuss fitness training and manage the timing of maintenance treatments. The aim of this is to optimise performance to peak for the most important events in your competition schedule whilst conforming to FEI clean sport regulations.

This exam will cost £50 (plus VAT), can be arranged with any of our vets and includes a written report. Any X-rays, scans or blood profile will be charged separately.

Postgraduate Certificate Studentships (Clinical Internship) in Equine Studies

The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham and Oakham Veterinary Hospital has developed an exciting 12 month postgraduate certificate (PG Cert) programme for early career veterinary surgeons interested in developing their clinical skills in equine studies combining clinical training with a formal qualification. Two scholarships are available beginning in September 2020 and February 2021. Both positions will be suitable for recent graduates or students currently in their final year.

The internships will be based at Oakham Veterinary Hospital, a clinical associate practice of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, where students have an opportunity to experience both first opinion and referral cases during their final year rotations. A team of nine practice veterinary surgeons is assisted by University staff specialising in equine medicine and equine surgery. The hospital provides a diverse case load to support clinical training supported by excellent clinical facilities. Clinical training will be provided in areas such as in-patient care, poor performance examination, diagnostic imaging and anaesthesia. The scholar will be expected to complement the teaching of University of Nottingham veterinary undergraduates.

Each position is offered for twelve months subject to satisfactory progress. Accommodation is provided consisting of a large two-bedroom flat situated on-site shared with the second intern, together with a generous stipend.

Eligibility Applicants from outside the UK/EU/EAA will not normally be considered. Applicants whose first language is not English must present evidence of having achieved an IELTS score of at least 7.5 (with a minimum of 7.0 in each component) alongside initial expression of interest. Graduates must have completed at least 26 weeks of clinical training outside their university. This may include clinical EMS, student externships or post graduate employment.

Application process

Further details can be found at https://www.oakhamvethospital.co.uk/equine-staff/equine-internship-program

Expressions of interest comprising a CV and covering letter should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 10th January 2020. Applications must be made formally to the University here ...https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy/how-to-apply/taught.aspx

An applicant's day, including an opportunity to meet with both university and practice partners will be held in mid-February.

Both the Equine and Small Animal Hospitals will be open at the following times during the festive period:

Monday 23rd December 8.00am - 6.00pm

Tuesday 24th December 8.00am - 4.00pm

Wednesday 25th December - Closed

Thursday 26th December - Closed

Friday 27th December - 8.00am - 6.00pm

Saturday 28th December - 8.30am - 12.00pm

Sunday 29th December - Closed

Monday 30th December - 8.00am - 6.00pm

Tuesday 31st December - 8.00am - 4.00pm

Wednesday 1st January - Closed


In case of emergencies while we are closed, please call the emergency number:

Equine - 01572 722647

Small Animal - 01572 722646

You will be directed to the Duty Vet's mobile. Please DO leave a message if the line is busy and they will call you back as soon as possible.

Please plan ahead and order food or repeat prescriptions by the 13th December, to ensure we have these in by the 20th December.

June 15th saw us opening up both our Equine and Small Animal units for clients and guests to take a peek behind the scenes, including the new CT suite. It was a great day with tours of the facilities, demonstrations and even a chance for some budding young vets to test their skills with our equipment! We're delighted to say that we also raised £353 pounds for the local Air Ambulance. Thanks to everyone who came along and helped make it such a special day and we hope to see you again next year!

Join us on Saturday 15th June for an 'access all areas' look at our extensive hospital redevelopment.  Our doors will be open from 11am to 4pm for hospital tours, a chance to 'meet the team', activities, competitions and demos.  All welcome, there will be refreshments available and free parking.

We are currently recruting for experienced small animal vets, veterinary nurses and receptionists.  Please see our 'Small Animal' / 'Vacancies' page for more information.  Applications or further enquiries should be made to Dawn Wright, HR Manager (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Tickets are now available for the Oakham Veterinary Hospital Stud Evening 2019 which will be held at the Rutland Agricultural Showground on Wednesday March 20th at 7pm. This will be a fun and informative evening that promises to be of interest to both professional and amateur equestrian breeders.

Speakers will include our own stud team Matthew Hecking and Victoria Marchi, Lorna Wilson from Elite Stallions, Sarah Stoneham from TopSpec and current British Eventing Performance Coach Chris Bartle (Yorkshire Riding Centre).

We expect this to be a very popular evening and tickets are limited so please reserve your place as soon as possible by contacting our reception team on 01572 722647 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tickets are available at £10 each and this is payable when the reservation is made.

In accordance with current guidance from the AHT, Oakham Veterinary Hospital Equine are recommending booster vaccinations for any horses that have not been vaccinated in the last 6 months.

We strongly encourage owners to be extremely vigilant and aware of the clinical signs of flu which include harsh, dry coughing, nasal discharge, lethargy and an increase in temperature (>38.5°c). These clinical signs may be mild and not all horses will present with all of these. If you are concerned please isolate the horse immediately and contact us as soon as possible. We can visit the horse and take a swab and blood sample and send it for testing, free of laboratory charges, to the Animal Health Trust’s equine influenza surveillance scheme which is funded by the Horserace Betting Levy Board.

Equine flu is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the equine influenza virus. The virus is spread from horse to horse via respiratory droplets by direct contact as well as coughing and via indirect contact where appropriate biosecurity is not being followed. The virus relies on this transmission to new horses to survive and one of the most notable features of flu is the very quick spread of clinical signs in groups of horses and its ability to spread large distances in the air. We encourage owners to consider existing biosecurity arrangements in your yard. Horses that have been vaccinated recently should not be travelled/ compete for at least 7 days, as this is when your horses immunity is at its strongest. It is important to note that some vaccinated horses have still tested positive for flu but vaccinations ensure that the symptoms are mild. Our advice is that any horse that has a raised temperature (>38.5°c) has a at least a week’s rest for every day they have a temperature.

Please see the factsheet below for further details.



Download this file (What to do with equine flu.pdf)Equine Flu Factsheet[ ]414 kB

The final phase of our equine hospital redevelopment is well and truly underway.  The steels are up on the extension which will house our CT scanning room and the internal refit of our surgical areas is in progress.

The initial expansion started last year with the completion of a purpose-built stud barn offering specialised mare and foal stabling with a self-contained stallion block, teasing room, lab facilities and semen storage area.  This meant we could use existing stabling for the creation of a residential area for the Nottingham University Vet School students who are on rotation with us.  It also allowed us to redevelop the first barn into three brand new consult rooms, equine client waiting area, scanning room and x-ray suite complete with a new gantry x-ray which provides better image quality and accessibility.

We hope that Spring 2019 will see the completion of our CT suite, which will be used by both the equine and small animal departments and is a new service that the Partners are very excited to offer.

Thank you to all of our clients for bearing with us through the disruption and inconvenience that the building work has, at times, caused.  We are finally seeing the benefits from the updated outpatient facilities and will continue to do so over the next few months.

Here at Oakham Veterinary Hospital we would like to wish all of our clients a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Both our equine and small animal departments will be open on Christmas Eve until 4pm, then our phones will be moved onto the 'out of hours' recorded message until 8am on Thursday 27th December.  During this time when the hospital is closed we will be operating our usual emergency cover.  If you need an equine/farm vet please phone 01572 722647, for a small animal vet please phone 01572 722646.  You will hear a short recorded message informing you which vet is on duty and their contact number (it's worth having a pen and paper handy).  If the duty vet does not answer their mobile please leave a message as they are probably with another poorly animal and will get back to you as soon as it is possible to do so.

We will be open as normal on Thursday 27th, Friday 28th and Saturday 29th December with 'out of hours' service starting from 4pm on Monday 31st December to 8am on Wednesday 2nd January when normal service will resume!

On Wednesday 29th August 2018 OVH Equine hosted our annual referring vets CPD day at The George Hotel and Business Centre in Stamford.  Nineteen delegates enjoyed a day of talks covering surgery, imaging and medicine.  This was followed by a trip up to Burghley Horse Trials to watch the first horse inspection.  Many thanks to all those that attended, we hope to see you again next year!

This week we were delighted to present Paula Scaife, from Cancer Research UK, with a cheque for £1000.  The money was raised at client evenings, through competitions and sponsorship during 2017.

A huge thank you to all of our clients for your generous donations, it's fantastic to be able to support such a worthy cause which touches so many people's lives.