We are a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) approved equine hospital.
Located in the heart of Kent, the BELL EQUINE VETERINARY CLINIC (BEVC) was established in 1989. Since then it has expanded to become a large specialist equine hospital and ambulatory practice.
Currently, 23 veterinary surgeons work in the practice, supported by over 28 nursing, stable and office staff.
BEVC aims to offer a professional, efficient and compassionate service to our clients and their horses, as well as pursuing the goal of clinical excellence.
The two main parts of the practice, the first opinion practice and hospital, are fully integrated with each other. As a result, your horse will benefit from the immense depth of knowledge and experience of all 23 vets and other members of the practice team in both regular formal and ad hoc informal case discussions.
Between them, the vets hold two Diplomas from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), five Diplomas from European specialist colleges, two American Diplomas and six RCVS post-graduate Certificates. Four of the vets are recognised by the RCVS as specialists in one or more areas (including internal medicine, surgery and diagnostic imaging) and three have Advanced Practitioner qualifications in one or more areas (including anaesthesia, equine practice and dentistry). In conjunction with the Royal Veterinary College, we have co-supervised residency training programmes in medicine, surgery and diagnostic imaging, and we are currently running a joint surgery training residency.
Our nursing team includes four Equine Veterinary Nurses (EVNs) and four Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVNs) (with equine specialism). We are also a registered veterinary nurse training practice and currently have one trainee RVN.
We are fully accredited by the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme as an Equine Veterinary Hospital and have received 'outstanding' awards in all available categories of the scheme; client services, in-patient services, diagnostic services, team and professional responsibility and ambulatory services.
In addition to providing the highest standard of veterinary care for our patients, BEVC is committed to clinical research and development, and to education, both for clients and veterinary surgeons. We have ongoing clinical audit and evidence based medicine programmes. Our vets have established strong professional relationships with equine veterinarians from around the world, and we are closely involved with a number of national and international veterinary organisations. We currently have links with the Royal Veterinary Colleges and the University of Nottingham and regularly host their equine-track final year veterinary students for periods of clinical experience at the hospital.