Joint Measurement Board (JMB)
Chaseview Veterinary Clinic has a measuring pad approved by the JMB and Nigel Misselbrook is one of two vets in Herefordshire on the list of Official Measurers. For full details refer to the website www.thejmbonline.co.uk
Horses and ponies can be measured from 4 years old ageing from the 1st of January in the year of their birth. Annual certificates last until 31st December. After two measurements horses 7 years and older receive a Full Certificate. The same Official Measurer cannot be used in consecutive years.
The animal must have all four shoes removed and the feet must be correctly prepared and balanced as for shoeing with the wall taken down level with the bearing edge of the sole.The animal should already be trained to stand still and squarely, wearing a headcollar and lead rope only, with the minimum of fidgeting.
If the animal is not microchipped, we will insert a chip post measuring (this payable to the Practice by separate transaction).
Vaccination of your horse is an important part of routine health care and essential to prevent some potentially life threatening diseases. The two most commonly administered vaccinations are to prevent against equine influenza and tetanus.
Equine Influenza - Is a highly contagious, viral respiratory disease. Approved vaccination schedules are published by the British Horseracing Authority and International Equestrian Federation (FEI) and these form part of the entry requirements for horses competing at their events. The manufactures of each vaccine also provide a vaccination protocol.
Tetanus - Tetanus is caused by a bacterium found in soil, Clostridium tetani. This enters the blood steam via an open wound. Approximately 90% of unvaccinated horses that develop tetanus die. Therefore it is recommended that all horses are vaccinated against tetanus.
Vaccination can begin from 3 months of age.
Two injections are given 4-6 weeks apart
The first booster is given 1 year later
Thereafter boosters are given every 2 years.
It is advised that all mares receive a tetanus booster 4-6 weeks before foaling. This ensures the foal protected in the first 6-12 weeks of life
Medicine and lameness investigation and treatment is a core part of our equine service. This includes the evaluation and treatment of respiratory and gastrointestinal problems, foal medicine, dermatology, ophthalmology, artificial insemination (fresh, chilled and frozen semen) and routine fertility health screening including bloods and swabs for mares and stallions.
We recommend that your horse’s teeth are examined at least annually to identify any abnormalities at an early stage. Our vets perform routine dental rasping using a combination of hand and power instruments. In addition to performing a detailed oral exam we are able to offer high quality radiography to aid evaluation of diseased teeth and sinus pathology.
The aim of a pre-purchase examination (PPE), or vetting, is to carry out a thorough clinical examination on behalf of the potential purchaser to identify and assess factors of a veterinary nature that could affect the horse’s suitability for its intended use.
Two levels of PPE are available, a thorough five-stage or a less detailed two-stage. These are carried out in accordance with guidelines set by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA).
For further information on PPE and what the five- or two-stage procedure entails please visit: BEVA Pre-Purchase Examination Guidance notes
Our vets are trained Official Veterinarians licensed by AHVLA to perform pre-export clinical examination, testing and certification for export. If you are intending to export your horse, please initially contact the AHVLA 01228 403600, then organise an appointment through our reception staff.
Equine Nutrition & Body Condition Scoring
Your horse’s diet is vital to it’s well being and health. Please click on the link for more information on nutrition, weigh gain and weight loss and body condition scoring.
Do horses require a passport and microchip?
In 2004 it became a legal requirement that all horses, ponies, donkeys and zebras be issued with a DEFRA registered approved passport. The only exceptions are defined populations of identified, listed wild and semi-wild horses in designated areas of Dartmoor, Exmoor and the New Forest in England.This brought the UK in line with EU legislation which treats the horse as a potential food animal. It also helps to improve the identification of horses.
Do horses have to have a microchip?
All passports issued after 1st July 2009 must be accompanied with the insertion of a microchip. The microchip, by law, must be inserted by a veterinary surgeon. Other methods of identification, such as freeze branding or DNA verification, do not replace the requirement for a microchip.
When should a passport be applied for?
All foals must have a passport issued and microchip inserted by 6 months of age or by 31st December in the year they are born, whichever is later. If the foal is sold or moved without the dam earlier than this, the foal requires a microchip and passport.
For all adult horses, a passport application should be applied for as soon as possible, a microchip will be inserted as part of the passport application process. If the horse already has a valid passport, the horse does not have to be microchipped
It is an offence to have a horse in your ownership that does not possess an up-to-date passport.
How do you apply for a passport?
Please contact the relevant breed society for passport forms if your foal is to be registered with a specific society, otherwise we can supply standard Pet-ID or Weatherbys paperwork.
What does the owner do if the passport requires updating with change of address or new ownership details?
The organisation that has issued the passport must be notified within 30 days. The passport-issuing organisation (PIO) may require that the passport be returned for updating. They will a temporary document until the passport is returned.
The horse has died what should the owner do with the passport?
It must be returned to the issuing body within 30 days. They are required by law to invalidate the passport (and, if a microchip was implanted, the microchip number). You may however request that they return it once they have finished with it.
Lost passport, what to do?
The owner should contact the PIO as soon as possible. They will issue a duplicate passport and will sign Part II of Section IX thus prohibit the animal from ever entering the human food chain.
Does the Medicinal Treatment Section IX for Human Consumption need to be signed?
This section must be signed before the horse can be exported, sent for slaughter or administered medication. A horse is declared ‘not intended for human consumption’ by the owner signing Part II of the Medicinal Treatment Section IX. Once this is signed it cannot be reversed. This enables the veterinary surgeon to administer any drugs that are required. The only drugs that are required to be recorded in the passport are any vaccination.
A horse is declared ‘intended for human consumption’ by the owner signing Part III of the Medicinal Treatment Section IX. This limits what drugs the horse can be administered as they could potentially enter the human food chain. If the owner no longer wishes the horse to be available for human consumption or drugs are required to be administered that are not suitable to be given in a horse for human consumption, then Part II can be signed and any necessary drug can be administered to the horse.
Some medicines that are regularly prescribed cannot be administered AT ALL to a horse that has the passport signed as ‘intended for human consumption’. The most commonly used of these substances is phenylbutazone (BUTE). Administration of such products should have passports signed with the declaration ‘not intended for human consumption’.
Does the passport need to be available?
A horse must now be accompanied by the passport at all times. There are exceptions to this rule: for example, when a horse is at pasture, is stabled, in emergency situations, leaving a competition or event area for training or test purposes, or being moved on foot, only if the passport can be made available within three hours. The passport must also be available at the time of treatment if the horse is being given a veterinary medication.