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Long-Term Medication

Long Term Medications

Many of our patients require long-term and permanent medication, such as those older horses with conditions such as arthritis. In order to legally dispense or prescribe medications each individual has to be deemed as  'under our care'. The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) states that in order to be deemed 'under our care' the animal must have been examined within the previous 6 months.  Therefore all horses on long term medication must be examined at least every 6 months in order to meet this requirement. 

For this purpose we provide a prescription consultation where the vet will examine your horse and discuss their progress and lifestyle. In some cases further tests such as blood samples may be recommended.


For this purpose we provide a prescription consultation where the vet will examine your horse and discuss their progress and lifestyle. In some cases further tests such as blood samples may be recommended.

We understand this extra check can be frustrating for owners due to the extra expense and time however this check is very important as it allows us to:

-Monitor for any side effects of long term drug use
-Maintain an appropriate dose of medication
-Check no other conditions have developed which may interfere with the treatment.

If we were to prescribe medications without having examined your horse within the last 6 months, the vet who prescribed the medication could face disciplinary proceedings from the RCVS, potentially having serious implications on their career. 

If possible we try to combine these checks with visits for other treatments such as vaccinations and dental care.

Please contact us if you have any queries regarding the above.