Tay Valley Veterinary and Equine Centre Autumn newsletter 2011

STAFF NEWS We are delighted that Natalie Loh joined TVVEC in September. Natalie has worked as an equine intern at RDVS Edinburgh as well as spells with Clyde and Bearl Equine Clinics. She also worked as a treating vet at the Asian Games in China 2010, and attained a Masters degree in Applied Animal Behaviour and Science.

Blair Atholl 3DE 2011 Jamie’s 12th year as a course vet at Blair which this year included the European Young Riders Championships. Happily from a veterinary point of view it was relatively free from serious incident. Fraser and Amira were both vets at the Scottish Endurance Championships at Scone Palace in July, unfortunately wet weather washed out the second day.EVENING TALKS. We are delighted to welcome back John Keen from the RDVS Edinburgh to give this Autumn’s equine talk at TVVEC on Friday 18th November 7.30pm. When John last spoke two years ago we had over 80 attendees. This year John will talk about laminitis with particular reference to new developments in diagnosis and treatment of hormonal causes. We seem to get more cases every year and many of you will unfortunately be familiar with this cripplingly painful condition.

Monday 24th October Jamie will talk on Equine Winter Diseases at Inchcoonans Equestrian, Errol on behalf of the BHS Scotland. Contact BHS Scotland or TVVEC for more details.

BRINGING YOUR HORSE TO TVVEC We have a large enclosed car park at the back of the practice. Many people find it convenient (and cheaper!) to bring their equines to us for routine procedures such as vaccines or dentistry. For more involved lengthy procedures such as lameness examinations we are happy for people to leave trailers or boxes in the car park whilst examinations are taking place. Although we are happy to do reproductive scans at your stables we have equine stocks at the practice which can make scanning easier and safer.

Hay Gain – hay steamers You may have seen these advertised in the equine press and at shows. Evidence suggests that steaming hay has advantages over soaking in that dust and spores are efficiently removed but palatability is retained. Steaming can also reduce soluble carbohydrates which can feature as a trigger for laminitis. Haygain are offering an opportunity to lease steamers via TVVEC so you can assess the benefits for yourself.

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