Have you heard of what3words?

It is an easy way to identify precise locations. what3words has given every 3m square in the world a unique 3 word address. The words are randomly assigned to each square and will always stay the same! This enables you to find any precise location, using just three simple words.

When it’s hard to describe where you are in an emergency, you only need to read out three words for people to pinpoint your exact location!

This is beneficial to our vets as it means they will be able to easily find your location, even if your horse is kept in a remote field, especially crucial when its an emergency call out!
Download the what3words app today and when booking your next appointment, provide the what3words location of your horse!



Our very own surgeon, Dr. Luis M. Rubio-Martinez has now published a book called ‘Complications in Equine Surgery.’

‘Complications in Equine Surgery’ is the first reference to focus exclusively on understanding, preventing, recognizing, managing, and prognosing, technical and post-procedural complications in equine surgery. Edited by two noted experts on the topic, the book presents evidence-based information using a clear approach, organized by body system. Featuring color images, the book contains detailed coverage of the gastrointestinal, respiratory, musculoskeletal, urogenital, and neurological systems.

Each chapter contains a short introduction of the procedure with explanations of when and how the procedure is to be performed. All chapters review how to recognize and prevent technical complications and explain how to manage post-operative complications.

Great work Luis!!

Current Equine Herpes Virus Outbreak

The BEF have produced the attached document (below) to advise people returning from Europe on their obligations with regards to the current EHV 1 outbreak.

Please read and take note – we really do not want this nasty virus spreading in the UK.  The fact that there are currently no shows in the UK due to the COVID restrictions will help reduce the spread.

Please note the comments regarding vaccination at the end of the document – it may be advisable to vaccinate if you are planning to go to shows this summer.

BS protocol March 2021 fv

Horse Rescue….

On 29th January 2021, one of our vets, Grace O’Donovan, was called out to a stallion that had become stuck down in his stable overnight. Macho had become stuck in the corner of his stable but was also suffering from lymphangitis of his right hind leg, making it difficult for him to stand up. The highly skilled animal rescue team of West Sussex Fire and Rescue were quickly in attendance to assist getting Macho to his feet. Macho was heavily sedated and moved onto skids so he could be moved to an area where we could assist him in standing up. Macho was extremely painful on his very swollen right hind, so a decision was made to assist him when he stood up using strops and a tractor.



Lymphangitis is an extremely painful condition causing inflammation of the lymph vessels and lymph nodes, usually in a hindlimb. Generally, but not always, there is a break in the skin or dermatitis which allows infection to get through the skin and into the lymphatic system. Once the infection affects the lymph nodes and lymph vessels it restricts the drainage in the leg causing the leg to swell. Lymphangitis is characterised by a ‘tree-trunk’ leg, pain when feeling the lymph nodes at the top of the leg, a high temperature and the horse can often appear ill, depressed and off their food.


Early intervention and treatment is essential in these cases.


We are pleased to report that Macho was released into the care of his own vet and  is making a good recovery.




SEH – COVID statement – Lockdown 3.0 – 5th Jan 2021

Following the PMs announcement last night that the nation will be entering into a third lockdown we felt it was important to reassure our loyal Sussex Equine Hospital clients that we will be providing a full, normal service both on the road and in the hospital.


As things stand at the moment the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has issued a very brief statement indicating that vets are able to continue with work as normal (having made the necessary risk assessments) and that it is unlikely that we will be restricted to emergency only procedures, as we were in the first lockdown.


The directive from the government is that where possible people should work from home. As such we are going to return to a skeleton staff working in the office, with the remainder of the office team working from home. With the fancy IT system that we have you will not notice a difference when you call the office. The hospital, clinical staff will not change at this stage.


This new variant of the COVID virus certainly seems to be more contagious, with this in mind we will be stepping up our human biosecurity protocols again, both in the hospital and out on the road. Please do let us know when booking appointments if anyone is unwell at the yards our vets and nurses will be visiting. Likewise please do not attend the hospital with patients if you are showing COVID symptoms. Other arrangements can be made to see patients if there are COVID concerns.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our clients for their support over the last year, we in return will continue to provide the highest possible levels of service and care that we can during this tricky time.


Best wishes to all for the New Year

The Directors