Towcester Veterinary Centre’s springtime immunisation advice for horses

February 7, 2021

Springtime usually signals an increase in activity for many horses, whether that’s more time out in the paddock, more riding, competitions, transport, and generally mixing with more people and potentially other horses. More activity means more exposure to bacteria and viruses.

To give horses the best protection from serious and life-threatening diseases they should be vaccinated annually. 2020 was a particularly difficult year so if there’s a chance your vaccine schedule could be overdue, spring is the ideal time to organise immunisations for your horse. Plus, if you’re entering official competitions, you’ll need to be up to date with vaccines.

Check out our Equine Rounds and book a spring checkup.

Towcester Veterinary Centre’s equine vets routinely vaccinate horses against:

Equine Influenza

  • A virus affecting the respiratory system, resulting in a high fever, runny nose, and cough.
  • Typically affects young horses.
  • Rarely fatal, however, it can be a very debilitating disease.


  • Caused by production of endotoxins by the bacteria Clostridium tetani.
  • Following a wound, if unvaccinated or overdue, horses must be given a tetanus antitoxin injection urgently to prevent tetanus infection.
  • This is usually a fatal condition.

Equine Herpes Virus (EHV)

  • Usually given to breeding stock.
  • Common virus worldwide.
  • EHV-1 causes respiratory disease in young horses, paralysis in all ages/types, and abortion in pregnant mares.
  • EHV-4 causes a less severe respiratory disease, and occasionally abortion.

If you’d like to know more about equine immunisations, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and ask for advice from Towcester Veterinary Centre’s equine vets.

Contact us about your horse’s vaccinations.

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