Saying goodbye to Emma, Anne and Jennifer

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EMMA Pearson, one our assistant vets at Robson & Prescott, has been crowned European triathlon champion after competing in Israel.

And now she has decided to become professional.

Considering how much she has achieved this whilst working full-time as a vet shows her dedication and commitment to her sport.

We all wish her well. She will be leaving at the end of July although we are hoping that she will continue to work part-time for us, commitments permitting

It has been a busy week at Robson and Prescott with the retirement of Anne Rutter and with Jennifer Shutt leaving for a short period to travel to Canada.

Jennifer has been an assistant vet with us for two years and she is taking exams in Canada to see if she can practice there.

Jennifer had a desire to travel and has been studying hard for these exams so we wish her well with them.

We’re holding another of our hugely-popular equine client meetings at Morpeth town Hall on May 30, so we hope to see you on the night.

This meeting is entitled “Journey to the centre of the horse” and will cover worming and gastric ulcers.

We are seeing increasing numbers of horses, particularly those in competition, with gastric ulcers.

They often show fairly non-specific signs such as intermittent low grade colic, altered appetite and poor performance, often related to stress and feeding. Jane Hedley, Merial territory rep will discuss the symptoms diagnosis and treatment.

Worming will also be covered and with the increasing concerns about worm resistance the importance of an effective worming programme shouldn’t be undervalued. As a practice we regularly see cases of cyathostomiasis in the spring, this is where red worm lie dormant within the gut wall over the winter as larvae, in the spring these hatch and pass through the intestinal wall often in huge numbers causing massive damage to the gut wall.

As a result of this damage the intestines are unable to absorb nutrients and function correctly with a resulting diarrhoea and marked weight loss, we are seeing an increasing number of these cases each year, affecting mainly youngster up to three and four years old and often being fatal as the horse becomes weaker, inappetant and finally recumbent.

The need for youngster is especially important. Grace Spedding and Kate Lazenby two of our qualified nurses who have a special interest in parasitology will also be on hand to offer advice about worm egg counts, which are currently free, and draw up specific worm programmes for individuals or yards. Everyone is welcome and please contact the surgery for further details.

Chris Green, Director and Senior Vet