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Facilities

 

The Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic is situated on a 6-acre site in Mereworth, Kent. The Hospital is an approved RCVS equine hospital.

The clinic’s main building houses the reception area, administrative offices, pharmacy, laboratory, radiography room, theatre, nuclear scintigraphy room and 2 general examination rooms (one with stocks).

There are three main barns housing 16 stables, eight of which have the facility to be monitored by CCTV. An examination area with stocks is located in one of the barns, and the other barn contains a JMB-approved measuring pad and a third general examination room. There is a separate row of 8 loose boxes used for nuclear scintigraphy and day cases. The isolation unit is a self-contained area away from the main stables and has two boxes, also monitored by CCTV, as well as a separate feed room and cleaning facilities.

Other units on the site include the MRI building which also houses our CT scanner, the farrier/dentistry unit and a post-mortem room. There are concreted areas for trotting-up and lungeing as well as a sand school lameness evaluations, poor performance assessments and for pre-purchase examinations. Outside paddocks are available for hospitalised horses if deemed appropriate and for mares admitted for AI (artificial insemination) during the breeding season.

Approximately 1000 horses are hospitalised at the clinic per annum, of which about 300-400 undergo surgery under general anaesthesia. A smaller number of horses have surgical procedures performed standing, in which the horse is sedated and under local anaesthesia can undergo certain surgical procedures without undergoing a full general anaesthetic (such as some laparoscopy procedures and minor orthopaedic operations). Other cases are hospitalised to permit detailed investigations and specialised diagnostic techniques (such as nuclear scintigraphy, MRI, CT, etc), or for medical treatments.

The senior clinicians are assisted by our residents, two hospital interns and the nursing staff. The hospital interns live on site, thus ensuring 24-hour care and monitoring of hospitalised patients from the time of admission to the hospital until the time of discharge.