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Congratulations James and Ian!

James and Ian both passed their orthopaedic certificate examinations in January.They now both hold the Certificate of Advance Veterinary Practice (Equine Surgery – Orthopaedics). Gaining a certificate is a huge achievement and involves a great deal of dedicated study over many months. It demonstrates that the holder is experienced and competent in the discipline and every veterinary surgeon who is over five years qualified should have a certificate. If they do not then they should be asked why!

We are now one of the only practices in the UK where every veterinary surgeon employed in a practice holds a certificate. Ben and Duncan hold certificates in Equine Internal Medicine.

Priors Farm Team News

Jo Wilson will be getting married in August to fiance, Sam.We are all looking forward to the big day and wish her and Sam all the very best for their future together.This year is a very busy year for Jo as she will also be entering her third and final year of study towards herVeterinary Nurse qualification having passed her second-year exams in May.fi

Sacha has adopted a whippet form the RSPCA. Olive is charming and has made a regular appearance at the of ce.

The team has several keen gardeners and there has been intense competition and debate within the office regarding tomatoes, potatoes and slugs!!

JOINT SUPPLEMENTS Magic or Medicine?

With just a passing glance at any horse magazine we can see that joint supplements are very big business. The bewildering array of products available makes choosing the right one very difficult. However what is the ‘right one’ and is there any evidence to support the use of joint supplements in the horse?

Joint supplements were initially used as an adjunct in conventional medicine
to help alleviate the symptoms of arthritis in humans. These supplements were quickly adopted by the public for use in their pets, as they had gained a reputation for being not only effective but also very safe.

There are many ingredients used in joint supplements either alone or in combination. These include Glucosamine, Chondroitin Sulphate, MSM, Hyaluron, Turmeric, Garlic, Green-Lipped Mussel Extract, and the list goes on… Of these only a few have been subjected to any formal experimental testing and most experiments have been performed using Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulphate.

Both Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulphate are found in the cartilage that lines the joint and they are believed to either help prevent or help treat cartilage degeneration. Unfortunately there is very little evidence to suggest that either of these ingredients actually work in a horse suffer- ing from arthritis. Problems that have been identified include whether the products are absorbed in to the blood stream, where the products end up and whether they actually have any beneficial effect on the joint cartilage itself.

There is certainly some evidence that the products do help and it is thought that Glucosamine will help prevent arthritis and that Chondroitin Sulphate will aid with cartilage healing. If the products did not help at all then they would soon have fallen out of favour! The products also appear to be safe and largely free from side-effects.

Therefore it is vital when choosing
a joint supplement that you know exactly what products the supplement contains and how much product is in the supplement. As supplements are not medicines they are not required to meet the same rigorous standards that a medicine must legally meet. Therefore the supplement may not contain what you think it does and may not contain the quantities of product or the quality of product
that you are expecting. They may also make a lot of unsubstantiated claims with out any avenue of re-dress if they are false.

New Equipment

We continue to invest in the latest technology at Priors Farm so we can provide the very best service to you and your horse.

We have purchased a 3.3m gastroscope to enable full assessment
of the stomach and upper duodenum.This is essential in diagnosing stomach ulcers and other conditions affecting the proximal digestive tract.The endoscope is fully portable and we can easily examine your horse at your yard.

We can also offer video-endoscopy of the upper respiratory tract at your yard with a new respiratory endoscope.This not only allows us to easily assess the airway but you will also see what we are look- ing at at the same time.This will better help us to explain what we are seeing and will hopefully give you a better understanding of any abnormalities that we find.

We have also improved our laboratory equipment with the arrival of a new Haematology machine.This allows us to provide you with accurate results on the same day the blood samples are taken.