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A Successful Evening

We had a busy evening with visitors at the hospital on 25th July - happily not with sick horses but a fun evening firstly with a visit from the West Kent Meopham Pony Club and then our Emergency First Aid talk.

Vet Emma Houghton gave a talk on first aid and bandaging to the West Kent Meopham Pony Club. Emma kindly hosted her old Pony Club here at the clinic and our resident horse (well, resident PLASTIC horse!) BELLE was a perfect model while they practiced their bandaging skills! They also put our weigh bridge to the test as you can see in the picture!

Later in the evening, we were joined by a full house of clients and horse owners for our Equine First Aid talk. We started the evening off with a talk from our new clinical director and vet Francesca Taylor, who introduced herself and gave an introduction to our Horse Health Programme (HHP).  As Francesca explained in her introduction to the scheme, it is a fantastic opportunity to save a substantial amount of money on routine preventative health care, while splitting the cost up over the year in a small monthly payment.  If you would like to know more about the programme, please follow the link HERE which lists all the benefits and enables you to sign up if you would like to. If you would prefer, please feel free to speak to any of our members of staff who will be happy to help.

After a short break and the opportunity to take a tour of the hospital and have a bite to eat, equine veterinary nurse Ruth Gravenell gave an invaluable presentation on equine first aid. The presentation covered what to do in various situations, from colics to eye injuries; from wounds to horse's stuck in ditches. Ruth discussed the situations when it is imperative to call your vet ASAP and above all, how to make sure you do not put yourself or horse in any further danger when dealing with various emergency situations. She also ran through what happened when a filly belonging to a family member went exploring where she shouldn't and became stuck in a bog! With the help of the fire brigade who winched her to safety and our duty vet, she was extracted and made a full recovery none the worse for wear after her adventures! 

All proceeds from the night are to be donated to local charity Kent Horse Rescue, which will go towards any veterinary treatment for horses in their care. KHR are a charity who rescue, rehabilitate and re-home horses in need of help. For further information on the work the charity do, please see their WEBSITE.

A huge thank you to Ruth for organising the evening, to Francesca for her informative talk and to Rachael and Anna for being on hand during the evening. And finally a big thank you to everyone who came along and made the night such a great success!