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Acupuncture at Swanspool Veterinary Clinic

Our vet Katharine is now fully qualified and registered with the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists (ABVA) to perform acupuncture on equine patients.

Up to 90% of horses with musculo-skeletal problems improve with acupuncture and it also enables horses not to require long-term pain relief drugs.

Acupuncture involves the placement of very fine needles in special points on the horse’s body to relive pain or soreness in that area. It is normally very well tolerated although the horse can be sedated for the treatment if they are needle-shy. The session includes thorough palpation and examination of the horse to identify the problem areas. Each sessions lasts 30-45 minutes.

Acupuncture is great for neck pain, back pain, ‘cold backed’ horses, horses that are not working well under saddle, horses showing reluctance to bend, sacroiliac or pelvis problems and some headshakers. It is very useful in horses with arthritis which is causing referred pain due to compensation by other muscle groups (i.e. hock arthritis causing back pain).

Most horses will show an improvement after one treatment, although we recommend a course of 4-7 treatments with gradually increasing intervals and then a ‘top up’ treatment every six months or so as acupuncture as a good cumulative effect.

We are doing a special offer on acupuncture whereby the first consultation and treatment is £80 (including visit charge) and subsequent treatments £60 (including visit charge).

Please follow the link below to watch Katharine performing acupuncture on a horse.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fx_-cTUXQcI&feature=em-upload_owner

New Fact Sheets

We have just uploaded our latest Horse Flu Fact Sheet, and the Vaccination Amnesty Fact Sheet. Both are free to download, and definitely worth a read!

Top 10 Skin Conditions Evening Talk

Top 10 Skin Conditions Swanspool Equine Veterinary Clinic evening talk on Tuesday 20th August 2013 is hosted at the Wellingborough Museum, just 2 minutes walk from the practice. Get there for 7pm for a 7.30pm start. The speaker is Katherine Baxter MRCVS. Parking at the surgery, the castle theatre, (please note the multi storey car park is now closed in the evenings). Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. Vets will be available for questions on the evening also. We look forward to seeing you there!

Dates For Your Diary

Tuesday 19th March - Georgie Hollis presents a Wound Care Evening Talk FREE-Wellingborough Museum 7.30pm Start.

Monday 25th March - Charity Quiz Night – Raising Money for Guide Dogs - Club Diana Wellingborough 8pm Start Max 8 people per team £2 per person. Raffle.

Tuesday 26th March - MSD present a Farm Evening Talk –TB testing & Schmallenberg Virus - FREE-Wellingborough Museum 7.30pm Start - Please call the office to book.

Saturday 1st June - Charity Disco – Raising money For Guide Dogs - Wellingborough Gleneagles Club – Ticketed event, further details to be confirmed. Please enquire at the surgery

Charity Challenge

As a practice we are dedicated to raising awareness of animal charities so a group of 6 staff are taking on the charity Coniston Challenge. This involves walking to the peak of the ‘Old Man’, biking through the Grizdale Forest and kayaking across the Lake Coniston, all in aid of guide dogs. Throughout the year we will be holding a number of fund raising events which we would love to see you at.

Horse Passports

IMPORTANT NOTICE - HORSE PASSPORTS: From this point on, ALL passports will need to be checked by the vets or receptionists before ANY drugs can be dispensed. For your horse to be allowed to have But you MUST sign section IX "is not intended for human consumption". Please remember to take your passport to all visits. This is as a result of the recent horse meat scare and the subsequent enforcing of the law by the governing bodies. Your co-operation is very much appreciated.

Swanspool Equine Newsletter

Our latest Swanspool Equine free newsletter is ready for download here.

Latest free Newsletter

Our latest Swanspool Equine free newsletter is ready for download here.

Colic warning info sheet 2012

Recently we have had a significant increase in the number of colic’s. We've created this free information sheet for you. You can download it here.

Evening Talk 21st November 2012

Swanspool Equine Veterinary Clinic Evening Talk; Topic:‘Colic—The Inside Story’ Speaker: Richard Payne BSc,BVSc, CertES(Orth), DipECVS, MRCVS a leading surgeon from Rossdales Equine Hospital. Date: Wednesday 21st November 2012 Time: 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start. You can view the poster here for full details.

Latest Newsletter 2012

Our latest Swanspool Equine free newsletter is ready for download here. This month we are covering the Swanspool Equine Evening Talk, the Northants Horse Trader website, plus a great article of To rug or not to rug?

Shetland Pony Castrates

We've posted some new pictures here of Kat teaching our final year student, Carys, to perform a pony castrate.

Cushing’s Voucher

We are doing our Cushing’s Voucher again between Sept 2012 – Nov 2012, you can download our handout for more information here, there is further information here. Has your horse or pony suffered from laminitis in the past? Is your horse overly hairy, looking a bit pot-bellied or just not his or her normal self? If so read more here in our Equine Topics section of the website.

Summer Newsletter 2012

Our latest Newsletter is available for download here! This newsletter covers our Open Day, and Staff News. More information on our Open Day can be found here on our Swanspool Veterinary Clinic Small Animal website.

26th June Evening talk

Topic: ‘Clean Air For Clean Breathing’ & Dealing With Sinus Problems.
Speaker: Becky James MSc & Sarah Smyth MRCVS
Date: Tuesday 26th June 2012
Time: 7pm for a 7.30pm start
Venue: Wellingborough Museum
This talk will also involve a demonstration of a hay steamer. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. There will also be goody bags for each client.
We look forward to seeing you there!

You can download the poster for the evening talk here.

Vaccination Amnesty Month April 2012

As like last year’s national vaccination month, we are running our own exclusive vaccination month again in April. This will enable you to receive your second vaccination free of charge if your horse meets the criteria below.

  • Your horse MUST be over 12 months of age and either never been vaccinated or their booster must be at least 3 months overdue.
  • Their initial vaccination must be completed within the month of April. Vouchers are valid until and must be redeemed by 31st May.
  • PLEASE NOTE THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE THE COST OF THE VISIT, THIRD VACCINATION OR ANY OTHER TREATMENT.

Please call the office and mention vaccine month to arrange visits.

Strangles awareness talk 21st March 2012

Due to the high level of concern regarding strangles at the moment, we have decided to hold a meeting on Wednesday 21st March 2012 @ Wellingborough Museum, 7.30pm. As this is short notice we will only be sending posters to large yards so please spread the word, if you’re worried come along. We will do our best to inform you and answer any questions. Our talk the following week will still be going ahead. Download the information sheet here.

Client combined evening talk on Tuesday 27th March

Our client combined evening talk is on Tuesday 27th March. Why not come to our evening talk to find out all you need to know about ‘Remedial Farriery’ & ‘Reproduction’. You can download the talk information sheet here. We look forward to seeing you there!

We're on Facebook

We're on Facebook! Here you will find our very latest news, new photos, so please drop by and have a look.

Strangles Outbreak

We have identified strangles in the area. DON'T PANIC! At this point it seems contained to one yard but please maintain strict biosecurity on your yard. For more information please refer to our handout where the advice remains the same from our Laminitis and Strangles information sheet (Jan 2010), simply click here.

Winter Newsletter

Our winter newsletter is available to download here. In this issue we cover our evening talks, our new website, worm egg counts, special offers, plus many more items for you to read. We hope you enjoy!

Evening Talk

This event date has passed. Fit not Fat + Swimming and Aqua treadmill demo. Swanspool Veterinary Clinic Evening Talk. Our team will be holding a talk on Wed 30th November at Moulton College Pitsford Site - Equine Centre. For full details please click here to read the poster! Admission is FREE but please ensure you call the surgery on 01933 222145 (option 2) to book your place before 25th November, as tickets are needed.

Let's Talk About Cushing's

Has your horse or pony suffered from laminitis in the past? Is your horse overly hairy, looking a bit pot-bellied or just not his or her normal self? If so read more here in our Equine Topics section of the website.

Handouts, downloads, and newsletters!

Check out some of our downloads! We've made available some of our handouts from current and previous newsletters, and handouts. They all can be found here. By means of an example here is our Laminitis and Strangles information sheet from Jan 2010, simply click here.

Any Vet, Any Time

Free Visits with our new “Any Vet, Any Time” scheme, other conditions apply to “Any Vet, Any Time” scheme. To find out more please download and read our handout here.

ADDITIONAL PAGES

Our Swanspool Equine Topics and Downloads are free resources and infomation that we put together to help keep you informed of the latest equine advice, and offerings.