Routine Heath Checks

We carry out routine health checks as standard with all vaccinations and dental procedures. We recommend all equines have a thorough annual health check as this will help detect many conditions early which will help improve the outcome of any treatment undertaken.

24 Hour Emergency Cover

We provide our own emergency out of hours cover with all calls taken by a specialist answering service who then page the vet on call. There is a surcharge for services provided out of hours and all treatment must be paid for at the time of consultation


Celtic Equine Vets would recommend that all horses should be vaccinated against influenza and tetanus. Horses may also be vaccinated against Equine Herpes virus.

Equine influenza
The primary vaccination course consists of 3 injections with 4-6 weeks between the first and second injection and 5 months between the second and third. Boosters can be given annually however in light of the increased levels of circulating flu virus we recommend horses be vaccinated aginst Flu every 6 month. All horses competing in FEI competitions require a flu vaccination within six months + 21 days of the competition and no vaccination shall be given within 7 days of the day of arrival at the FEI event. Most other equine organisations now require horses to have had their flu vaccination within the 6 months prior to the competition. Many venues now require horses to have had their flu vaccinations every 6 months.

The World Organisation for Animal Health recommends that the influenza vaccine contains the Ohio/03 and Newmarket/2/93 strains. Currently, only one vaccine on the UK market contains these recommended strains. We are using this vaccine because it provides the best protection for your horse.

The primary vaccination consists of 2 injections 4-6 weeks apart. A booster is then required 12 months later and then every 2 years. Tetanus can be given as a combined injection with influenza (see above).

EHV (Equine Herpes Virus)
For active immunisation of horses to reduce clinical signs due to infection with Equine Herpesvirus 1 and 4, two doses should be given 4-6 weeks apart followed by 6 monthly boosters. To reduce abortion due to EHV-1 infection, pregnant mares should be vaccinated during the 5th, 7th and 9th month of pregnancy.

Routine and Advanced Dentistry

Alan, Nicola, Marta and Caroline are fully qualified and experienced in all aspects of routine dentistry. Alan has a particularly strong interest in equine dentistry and is experienced in all aspects of advanced dentistry and takes dental referrals from local Equine Dental Technicians (EDTs). Celtic Equine Vets has invested heavily in new and modern dental equipment including portable battery powered mechanical rasps which allows for detailed and precise rasping.

We are equipped to deal with all aspect of equine dentistry from routine “rasping” to standing oral extractions under modern sedative infusions and regional local anaesthetic “nerve blocks”. We also have invested in specially designed pony mouth gags, head stands and sets of pony rasps so we can professionally treat smaller ponies/shetlands.

Our portable digital X-ray machines ensures we can take any necessary radiographs “stable side” as part of any dental investigation/treatment where required. Our dental packages include the sedation that is required to perform a thorough dental examination and a thorough and proper dental treatment/rasp. A free dental check to evaluate if any dental treatment is required is included in the cost of annual vaccination.

Medical Investigations

Through the use of our portable diagnostic equipment (X-ray, ultrasound, video endoscope and ECG machine) and referral of blood and tissue samples to specialist laboratories for expert interpretation we are able to investigate and treat the most complex medical conditions. Conditions such as cardiac, respiratory and gut related issues such as colic, weight loss and diarrhoea  can all be investigated at your premises.

Lameness Investigations

Again through the use of our portable digital x-ray and ultrasound equipment and use of regional local anaesthetic “nerve blocks” Celtic Equine Vets can conduct thorough and indepth lameness investigations at your premises. We work closely with many farriers and can advise remedial farriery with the support of feet radiographs when required. Our digital radiographs can be e-mailed to specialist orthopaedic vets for referral/second opinion when required.

Stud Medicine

We offer a host of services for broodmares, stallions and newborn foals.


  • Routine sampling for CEM (and other veneral diseases) EVA and EIA testing: should be done after the first of January each year.
  • Fertility checks.
  • Preparation for natural covering or artificial insemination.
  • Artificial insemination.
  • Pregnancy diagnosis.
  • Management of Twin pregnancies.
  • Pregnancy follow-up.
  • Assisted deliveries.


  • Routine sampling for CEM (and other veneral diseases) EVA and EIA testing: should be done after the first of January each year.
  • Castration.

New Born Foal:

  • Routine health check.
  • Bloodsampling for IgG estimation.
  • Umbilical scanning

Our pregnancy scans at just £45 offer excellent value for money with a copy of  the pregnancy e-mailed to the client free of charge.  Please contact the office for package prices for Chilled Semen Insemination.  We are working towards having the practice BEVA accredited for Artifical Insemination in the near future.


Due to new legislation all newborn foals must now be implanted with a microchip. Also from October 2020 all equines must have a microchip.We are happy to implant our own microchips or those chips supplied by the clients relevant breed society. Please see the fees sections for our relevant prices. Equine passports can also be completed at the time of microchipping for an additional cost.

Worming Advice and Programmes

Celtic equine actively promotes targeted worming ,where possible, through the use of worm egg counts and will help create and constantly advise on each horses individually tailored worming programme.


Our very competitively priced castration packages include the cost of sedation, local anaesthetic, pain relief, and a 5 day course of anti-inflammatories and antibiotics. The only additional costs are tetanus anti-toxin if the animal is not vaccinated for tetanus and a visit charge. We can perform standing open castration and recumbent closed castration surgeries at the clients premises. Please contact the office for special group rates. Owners will be sent an information sheet in advance on the  castration procedure and what is required on the day of the operation.

Pre-purchase Examination

We strongly recommend a five stage pre–purchase examination for any horse you are considering buying. This normally takes up to two hours and comprises a very thorough examination of the horse. Vettings may also be required by insurance companies.

Laboratory Services

We use specialist laboratories that provide fast accurate results and advise to us within 24 hours of us sending a sample. We feel that this gives the best results available for our clients because we are getting the opinion of some of the country’s top veterinary pathologists and internal medicine experts.


We have close links with the all the  referral equine hospitals in the South for cases that need advanced treatment or surgery.