When your horse falls ill, you want to make sure that it gets the very best care and treatment possible.
Thankfully, there are plenty of specialist equine vets and surgeries in the UK, and we’re going to take a look at some of the best.
Liphook Equine Hospital
Forest Mere, Liphook, Hampshire, GU30 7JG
One of the largest specialist equine practices in the country, Liphook have a highly experienced team and offer a 24/7 ambulatory and referral service covering the Hampshire, West Sussex, Surrey and Berkshire areas.
With internationally recognised specialists on their team, the care they offer is cutting edge and compassionate, and the hospital is regarded as one of the best of its kind in the country.
Chine House Veterinary Hospital
Sileby Hall, 12 Cossington Road, Sileby, Leicestershire, LE12 7RS
Established in 1952, nowadays Chine House is the biggest equine veterinarian practice in the East Midlands, employing 12 surgeons and over 20 nurses and other staff, benefitting from four RCVS post-grad certificates and a European Diploma between them.
With fully integrated first opinion, ambulatory and hospital services, they can offer a full range of high-quality care to their patients, and carry out most procedures at the home of the client.
The Arundel Equine Hospital
Tortington Lane, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 0BG
The Arundel Equine Hospital is one of the oldest specialist equestrian vets in the country, having been founded back in 1950, and it is currently the only equine hospital in West Sussex approved by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Covering West and East Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire, they have a team of 17 experienced ambulatory veterinary surgeons, who provide high-class care to all kinds of horses, including top class international racehorses. They even have their own app on the iTunes store!
Rainbow Equine Hospital
Rainbow Farm, Old Malton, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6SG
The Rainbow is the largest fully equipped RCVS tier 3 equine referral hospital in the North East, with state of the art facilities and an experienced staff with specialists in soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery, internal medicine and diagnostic imaging.
As well as their hospital facilities, the Rainbow practice also offers a team of equine-only mobile vets and have an extensive range of in-house lab services and a purpose-built fertility unit.
Ashbrook Equine Hospital
Middlewich Road, Allostock, Cheshire, WA16 9JQ
Offering a full range of equine veterinary services, the Ashbrook Equine Hospital in Knutsford is the only tier 3 approved equine hospital in Cheshire, with an experienced mobile team offering home treatments in the surrounding area.
Their team have particular expertise in lameness, reproduction and dentistry, but are happy to help with whatever is ailing your horse.
Buckingham Equine Vets
Sparrow Lodge Farm, Wicken Park Road, Wicken, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK19 6BZ
Covering the Buckinghamshire area, from Banbury to Bedford and Northampton to Aylesbury, the friendly and experienced team at Buckingham Equine Vets offer high-quality care at affordable prices.
While the practice was only founded in 2011, it has already been awarded the Tier 2 accreditation from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and is currently benefitting from a partnership with the Royal Veterinary College, the UK’s oldest and largest veterinary school.
Tyrrells Equine Clinic
Coombe Farm, Coombe Road, Kelshall, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 9SA
Established by Jason Tyrrell in 2000, the Tyrrell’s Equine Clinic is one of the best in the Hertfordshire/Cambridgeshire area, with a team of four equine only vets, who share over 40 years of experience between them.
They also offer a full ambulatory service and pride themselves on treating each horse, pony or donkey in their care on an individual case by case basis.
Oakham Veterinary Hospital
Ashwell Road, Oakham, Rutland, Leicestershire, LE15 7QH
The Oakham Veterinary Hospital is one of the leading equine hospitals in the country, providing a great level of care throughout the East Midlands.
They’re approved as a tier 3 RCVS hospital and are led by three highly experienced senior partners, supported by four assistant vets, two interns and seven nurses, and have a strong relationship with the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science.
Royal Veterinary College
Hawkshead Lane, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL9 7TA
RVC Equine is part of the University of London and has a rich history of caring for horses, with the largest number of RCVS equine specialists of any teaching hospital in the UK.
As well as helping to educate the next generation of equine vets, patients at the RVC know that they’re getting a high standard or care as all treatments are carefully monitored and heavily scrutinised.
Harbens Farm, Mill Lane, Laughton, East Sussex, BN8 6AJ
Situated in the beautiful South Downs, the Cliffe Equine Centre care for horses in East and West Sussex, and have their own purpose built surgery, with a large operating theatre, hospitalisation boxes and a full range of diagnostic facilities such as radiotherapy.
Cambridge Equine Hospital
Cambridge University Veterinary School, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ES
Part of the University of Cambridge, the Cambridge Equine Hospital provides a full equine veterinarian service, while benefitting from a close partnership with the neighbouring Queen’s Veterinary School, with expertise in anaesthesia, diagnostic imaging, neurology, clinical pathology and oncology.
Tay Valley Vets and Equine Centre
8 Whitefriars Crescent, Perth, Perthshire, PH2 0PA
The Tay Valley equine vets in Perth is home to eight experienced and friendly vets, as well as six veterinarian nurses, and also have spacious loose boxes should your horse need to stay for the day.
As well as this, they have a comprehensive ambulatory service and offer vaccinations, equine dentistry and health checks too!