The BEVA Trust has previously joined forces with The British Horse Society (BHS), and five other major horse welfare charities (Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Blue Cross, RSPCA, Horseworld and World Horse Welfare). The project aims to open lines of communication with owners whose horses are deemed “at risk” through the provision of subsidised castration, microchipping, and tetanus vaccination.
The BEVA Trust contributed to these events by coordinating the necessary veterinary expertise.
Over the past two years the BHS has coordinated a number of similar events that have been delivered working with partners including local veterinary practices and the BEVA Trust. These events not only help to get new groups of horse owners engaged with veterinary care but also have direct benefits in terms of equine identification, some reduction in indiscriminate breeding and some protection from disease. Important background information is provided below:
Important Background Information
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.