First Opinion Practice

The BELL EQUINE ambulatory vets provide a comprehensive range of veterinary services to our first opinion clients whose horses are stabled within the catchment area of the practice (approximately within a 25-mile radius of Mereworth). Services include pre-purchase examinations ("vettings"), routine primary care and lameness evaluations, preventive medicine (e.g. vaccinations, dental care, routine health reveiws etc), reproductive management of mares and stallions, and emergency services (available 24h/day, 365 days/year). The ambulatory vets also routinely perform the tests required by the state for the export and import of horses. Our vets are frequently on call for equine events ranging from local horse shows, Point-to-Point races, Pony Club events to the Olympic Games at Greenwich.

We are happy to attend any equine patient, be it a racehorse, showjumper, broodmare, pleasure horse, donkey, pet, or whatever. We always try to send the vet of your choice to you, but in an emergency the nearest available member of the team may need to attend. Most of the initial consultations and advice can be offered at the horse’s stable yard, but, either to suit the client or to use more specialised equipment, we can also make appointments to use the facilities of the Hospital (such as trot-up areas, the sand school, X-ray machines, endoscopes, etc).

Routine appointments can be made Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm. Wherever possible, and if acceptable to the client, we try to "marry" routine calls in the same area together; this is more efficient for the vets and allows us to attend clients at a reduced visit fee.
We have a vet in Bexley every Monday and Wednesday who can undertake routine visits to individual horses and yards in the area at a minimal visit fee. If you would like to take advantage of this arrangement, please phone the clinic before 5pm on the preceding Tuesday.

We also provide reduced call outs on pre-booked visits to other areas e.g. Chelsfield on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as Sevenoaks on Thursdays. Please ring the day beforehand or even earlier to take advantage of these discounted call out fees.