The inpatient yard contains spacious loose boxes which are fully lined with rubber matting and fresh shavings. Fixtures to permit constant intravenous fluid therapy are fitted throughout and CCTV cameras are positioned to support 24 hour patient monitoring and enhance security.
Alice Sheldon takes overall responsibility for inpatient care as Clinical Director of Towcester Equine Vets. She is assisted by an experienced team of inpatient vets and nurses who perform the routine clinical checks and stable management duties.
You will receive a daily update from a member of the team after the morning ward round. Should you have any questions regarding your horse’s treatment please call the clinic on 01327 811007.
You are welcome to visit your horse during its stay at the clinic between 10am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Visiting outside this hours can be accommodated in certain circumstances through prior arrangement with a member of the inpatient team.
Your horse’s medical details are confidential. Please respect the confidentiality and privacy of other owners and patients when visiting.
Nutrition is key to supporting good health and healing. At the clinic extreme care is taken to tailor feeding regimes to individual requirements. Every horse is weighed on our weigh bridge on admission and weekly thereafter during hospitalisation.
Individual grass paddocks are available for horses who need gentle exercise and grazing as part of their rehabilitation. Hand feeding is frequently used by the nurses to tempt inappetent patients.
Horses often experience a sudden change in diet as a result of their treatment. The inpatient team are available to provide advise and support on how best to manage.
We aim to make hospitalisation as stress free as possible for you and your horse. A clear understanding of the associated protocols and administration can help with this.
You will be given a specific appointment time for admission to the clinic. Please bring your horse’s passport, usual rugs, and any ongoing medications and supplements currently being administered.
On arrival, please park as directed by the signs and report to reception on foot before unloading. A nurse will go through the admission form with you, including details of your horse’s normal stable routine. Surgical admissions will be allocated additional time to speak to the clinic vet to discuss further details.
Please arrange to collect your horse before 5pm on the day of discharge. Late arrivals, without prior notice, will be charged a small fee.
You will receive written discharge instructions with details of medication and re-examinations required and have the opportunity to discuss your horse’s home care with a member of the inpatient team.
INSURANCE AND PAYMENT
It is your responsibility to inform your insurance company of the veterinary treatment being undertaken. Each company has different protocols so please ensure you keep your insurance company up to date and that you comply with their requirements throughout.
Please note payment in full is required on collection of your horse unless prior arrangements have been made with the accounts department.