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COVID-19 update: Client advice on what to do during the Coronavirus crisis

COVID-19 Update Farm & Equine

Please see our latest client guidelines below

Equine Client Advice

In response to the latest government guidelines, we are now only open for patients for that need essential care to avoid unnecessary suffering or maintain animal welfare. In order to help you understand the best way to look after your pet, please see the Q&A below.

Which conditions constitute emergences that need immediate care?

If your horse is suffering from any condition detailed below, contact us IMMEDIATELY so we can direct you to your nearest available practice.

  • Breathing difficulties
  • Open wound, laceration or puncture injuries
  • Trauma (e.g. car accidents)
  • Laminitis
  • Eye problems/trauma
  • Colic
  • Foaling difficulties
  • Foal emergencies (e.g. collapse or diarrhoea)
  • Recumbency or collapse
  • Severe depression
  • Choke lasting more than 15 minutes
  • Diarrhoea
  • Difficulty eating or drooling
  • Sudden onset ataxia (wobbliness)
  • Acute lameness. A sudden lameness that is obvious at the walk.

If the advice is to come into practice, please follow the advice below

  • Horses and Covid-19
  • Vaccinations
  • Dentals
  • Mare Scans
  • Foot care
  • Repeat Prescriptions
  • Time to Say Goodbye
  • Insurance

Horses and Covid-19

Can my horse get COVID-19?

There is currently no evidence that a horse or pony can suffer from or transmit COVID-19. The World Health Organisation continues to monitor the latest research on this and other COVID-19 topics. Please note this position is subject to change.


Can my horse receive their flu vaccination?

No. All flu vaccines including 6-monthly boosters are currently halted until further notice. If your horse needs vaccinating against a particular disease in a high-risk area (e.g. Tetanus or Herpes), your vets will risk-assess on as case-by-case basis to decide whether to vaccinate. Please note discussions are being held with equine sport regulatory bodies to try and relax the 365-day rule on annual vaccinations.


Can my horse’s routine dental care be carried out?

No. Routine rasping/floating will be postponed. However, if your horse suddenly stops eating, starts quidding or has a painful head/jaw, they will be seen under emergency and welfare guidance. Any work done will be done under sedation to allow social distancing to be maintained.

Mare Scans

Can mares be scanned to see if she is in foal?

Routine stud/reproductive work raises particular questions. The main question being is this essential for animal welfare. Foalings and sick foals will be attended to as normal, but there is no guidance from the RCVS, BEVA, BVA or any of our regulatory bodies on routine reproductive work. Implications for stopping breeding totally have consequences far beyond the veterinary industry and discussions with regulatory bodies are ongoing. Please contact us directly for the most up-to-date information on this.

Foot care

Can I get my horse’s feet trimmed or shoed?

The Farriers Registration Council confirmed on Tuesday 24 March that its farriers can continue to provide essential services to equines, using their judgement as to matters of priority and/or urgency, with appropriate social distancing, hand washing and equipment cleaning. Many are using a traffic light system for assessing essential care. Routine shoeing should be delayed for three weeks. Please check with your vet if special remedial shoes are fitted, as it may be necessary to reshoe within the current period. Please note this position is subject to change.

Repeat Prescriptions

Can I get repeat prescriptions?

Yes. It would be required normally that an animal is seen every six months to allow us to write the prescription for you. As this would not be deemed essential contact, the prescription is likely to be issued subsequent to a video or a phone call.

Time to Say Goodbye

Can I be there to say goodbye, if my horse needs to be put to sleep?

Yes. You can be close to your horse whilst adhering to government advice on social distancing and hand washing to keep our vets safe.


Will my horse insurance be affected if my horse can’t get their routine care?

Insurance companies are reviewing their policies regarding routine care to reflect the current period and reasonable adjustments. Please check directly with your insurance company for specifics.

If you still have questions that weren't covered above, please contact us directly.

What happens if my horse is ill, but I do not think it’s an emergency?

To respect social distancing rules, we are replacing our standard consultation service with video and telephone consultations. Please contact the practice to arrange an appointment. We also have a page giving advice on Video and telephone consultations here.

If it is deemed appropriate following this, your horse will receive veterinary attention if they are sick, injured or not attending is/or would lead to a welfare situation.

Farm Client Advice

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the British Veterinary Association, following Government announcements, have advised that farm animal veterinary surgeons are key workers.

We are working, but our services are limited to what is considered essential. In addition, each job is triaged by our staff and vets (essential or not) and a risk assessment is conducted at the time of making the appointment and on arrival of our vets at your premises. It is vitally important to both you and our staff that we observe the 2-metre (“length of a cow”) social spacing while we work together.

We request your patience in these difficult times as the above draws out the usual process of making an appointment and completing a call on farm. If we do not all observe the Government’s guidelines on social spacing and cutting out unnecessary travelling, our categorisation could be revoked!

What precautions are your vet practice taking to stop the spread of Covid-19?

We are observing Government guidelines. If staff suspect they have any symptoms of Covid-19, they will self-isolate at home. This may affect our day-to-day work and is another reason for triaging calls.

Farm FAQs

Can I collect medicines from the practice?

Yes, when they have been pre-ordered. Due to limited staff availability, try to phone a minimum 48-hours’ ahead. You will be advised at this time on our current pick-up protocol. Ring us as early as possible to add to existing orders or if necessary while you are sitting in your vehicle at our premises.

Which call out types are you still doing?

Each case will be dealt with individually. Our farm vets may be able to give telephone or video calling advice that allows you to carry out the treatment required. The use of photographs or short video clips sent to the vets can help with this. Please ring the practice with any enquiries.

Are there any special requirements when the vet arrives at my premises?

Yes. Staff will ask if anybody on your farm/premises is self-isolating, has Covid-19 symptoms etc. We must minimise risk of transmission when on farm by observing the 2-metre social distance rule. A single farm staff member to assist vets when on farm - there may be exceptional circumstances where more help is required, but our vets will risk assess this when on your premises.

Are you still TB testing?

Yes. We are following current APHA guidelines on TB testing during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Are you still doing Red Tractor inspections?

We are following the Red Tractor guidelines. Red Tractor advised on 25.03.2020 that they are not expecting vets to complete inspections currently and will understand if audits become overdue. Please check for further guidance and updates. If you have any concerns, contact the practice and/or Red Tractor for advice.

Can I vaccinate my livestock?

Yes. Subject to availability, we will continue to supply vaccines for you to administer. We ask you to plan ahead, allowing wherever possible more than the standard 48 hours, as we do not have large stocks in the practice as some wholesalers presently have slightly reduced delivery frequency.

If you still have questions that weren't covered above, please contact us directly.

Practice information

Kernow Farm and Equine

  • Mon
    8:30am - 5:30pm
  • Tue
    8:30am - 5:30pm
  • Wed
    8:30am - 5:30pm
  • Thu
    8:30am - 5:30pm
  • Fri
    8:30am - 5:30pm
  • Sat
    8:30am -12:00pm
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