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First Opinion Practice


BELL EQUINE ambulatory service provides 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 routine primary care and lameness evaluations, preventive medicine (e.g. vaccinations, dental care, routine health reviews etc), pre-purchase examinations ("vettings"), 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 FEI events and even the Olympic Games at Greenwich. We are happy to attend any equine patient, be it a racehorse, showjumper, broodmare, pleasure horse, donkey or pet. 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 convenient 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 offer reduced visit fees. We also 'zone days' for routine calls (see below).

We have a designated 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 call the clinic to book appointments with as much notice as possible to allow us to offer appointments to suit.

We also provide reduced visit fee zone days for pre-booked visits to other areas: Meopham and Headcorn on MondaysChelsfield on Tuesdays and ThursdaysSevenoaks on Thursdays and Swanley and Sittingbourne on Fridays.

To take advantage of these discounted zone days for routine appointments, please call to book with as much notice as possible.  The days are very popular and do get booked up, so booking with as much notice as possible will enable us to offer an appointment on the requested day at a time that is convenient.