We undertake pre-purchase examinations on horses of all types and ages, either at NEH or at the premises where the horse is resident.
The pre-purchase examination provides purchasers with a veterinary opinion of the horse’s suitability for its intended use. The certificate issued can also be used to obtain insurance cover. All pre-purchase examinations comply with the standards issued by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the British Equine Veterinary Association (see BEVA/RCVS Guidance Notes)
A full 5-stage vetting examination is recommended, involving a preliminary examination, trot up, strenuous exercise, period of rest and a further trot and foot examination. However, a limited 2-stage alternative (comprising a preliminary examination and trot up only) is also offered.
Additional procedures such as radiographs, ultrasound scans, endoscopy or blood testing may be performed at the request of the purchaser. We recommend that a blood sample is taken at the time of the vetting to detect any drugs that the horse may have in its system.
We are able to perform a pre-purchase examination on a horse or pony that is an existing patient of ours if there is no conflict of interest and if the vendor agrees to allow the horse’s details to be made available to the purchaser.