Field Officers from the BHS, WHW and RSPCA identify “appropriate cases” for these clinics and the owners are invited to register for the clinic where they will, for a fee and subject to certain provisos, be castrated and microchipped. “Appropriate cases” must meet a number of criteria including that they come from within a 20-mile radius and the Field Officer must consider that the colt/stallion would not be castrated were it not for the clinic.
All known equine veterinary practices covering the source area are contacted with the date, venue and rationale for the clinics (many offer to help). They are also asked if they would be willing to provide emergency call out cover after the event should any post-operative complications arise.
The contact details of the appropriate practices are given to the owners along with very comprehensive (illustrated) discharge notes.
All attendees receive check-up calls a few days after the castration.
Whilst there is a clear contract in place stating any follow-up fees are to be covered by the horse owner, the BHS are ultimately responsible for any reasonable unpaid bills.
Owners will bring colts and stallions to the site where they are castrated on a “conveyor belt” system which enables twenty or more horses to be castrated in a day.
All horses must be booked on to the day in advance and are given a specific timeslot.
One team of vets takes care of pre and post op care, with two separate teams carrying out the castrations.
No horse is allowed to leave the site without authorisation from the supervising vet.