Making the most of our new premises

WELL, winter’s definitely here and aren’t I glad that we now have fantastic new premises!

Although I still have to venture out to see horses trot up, it has made a huge difference to my working life.

The opportunity to have horses in for the day, generally to investigate a lameness means that I can nerve block, scan and x-ray if necessary all in the same day, in most cases reaching a diagnosis that I can then treat that same day, which makes a huge difference for the client, horse and myself.

Being able to work out of one premise with everything to hand has taken some getting used to but it does make a big difference to my working day and job satisfaction.

Mud fever not surprisingly given the wet weather is on the rise and there is the usual debate of whether to wash or brush the mud off. I think as long as the mud is removed then it doesn’t matter but applying some form of barrier cream does help and pay particular attention to any white areas. Removing any scabs is paramount to treatment as the bacteria which causes mud fever is an anaerobe i.e. doesn’t tolerate air, so any scab or mud allows it to multiply and spread.

We have already seen some quite nasty cases with secondary cellulitis where the infection gets below the skin and causes marked pain and swelling of the affected leg.

We have our practice standards inspection by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons this week.

There is an awful lot of form-filling and criteria to be met so at the moment the office is filled with paperwork.

Our inspection will be over three to four days and is quite intense with not only the inspector checking paperwork but also asking staff and clients about the practice. Fingers crossed all goes well.

I’ll be away for the first day as I have to go on a casualty management course. This is compulsory to attend at least every five years if I want to continue to do racecourse and point-to-point work, so a trip to Cheltenham for me next Tuesday.

Piccolo is still sound despite not keeping any shoes on in this mud and his head is looking great, he seems to be enjoying his enforced time off.

By SALLY BOOTH, director and senior vet