Winter 2016 newsletter







 *** Dates for your diaries! ***

 Client Evening:

 ‘Nutrition and Gnashers’ an evening of presentations and discussion relating to nutrition and dentistry with special emphasis on the geriatric equine. Nutrition presentation by Katie from Dengie Horse feeds and a dentistry talk by our Vet Ben Payne. Booked for 28th March at Pebmarsh village hall, starting at 7pm.  Places are limited so please telephone the clinic on 01787 269006 to reserve your seat.

The Vets Charity Ball is back!

Tables are very limited for this sought-after event taking place on the 21st October 2017 at The Fennes, Bocking. Dancing to ‘Soul Kitchen’ and a champagne reception. Tickets are £60.00, please contact the practice on 01787 269006 for more details or to book a table.

 Our new website!







Have you looked at our new website? Full of useful factsheets, past newsletters and a meet the team page. You can also order your repeat prescriptions online now too! We would love to know your thoughts!

Our receptionist Leila is running the Cambridge half marathon on the 5th of March to raise money for Danaher RSPCA. If you would like to sponsor Leila, you can do so using this link:

 AI – time to get planning!





Love is in the air! It’s that time of year again to start preparing for the breeding season. Catley Cross has long been a BEVA Approved Practice for both chilled and frozen AI and vets Craig Rutland and Karen Church are both highly experienced in designing breeding programs for mares of all shapes and sizes!  There are very competitive packages available for both chilled and frozen AI so please check out the website or speak to either Craig or Karen for more information.

 News of an exciting Research Project into Equine Laminitis – free trial option.     



We are pleased to announce that a scientific study into equine laminitis, devised by Partner Craig Rutland and supported by the Royal Veterinary College and Waltham, will be launched in 2017.  Here’s Craig to explain what the project involves.
‘As many owners will know, laminitis is a common, unpredictable and potentially devastating disease which affects the equine hoof.  Some individuals are very prone to laminitis whilst others on the same diet and management do not develop the condition.  Many laminitis-prone animals suffer repeated episodes which progressively damage the feet and leads to chronic pain and lameness.  My study aims to investigate liver function and hormone production by body fat in cases of laminitis in order to try and understand why some horses are at much higher risk of laminitis than others’.
‘The study will use left-over blood from samples taken as part of the normal management of laminitic cases to measure levels of the fat-derived hormone adiponectin plus several different markers of liver damage.  Blood samples are commonly taken from laminitic cases to measure insulin, test for Equine Cushing’s Disease or measure certain blood proteins.  The vet attending will also run through a quick questionnaire to establish a few facts about the horse and its management immediately prior to the laminitic episode.  A follow-up questionnaire at six and twelve months later will allow the horse or pony’s long term outcome to be monitored.  The aim is to determine whether the levels of adiponectin or liver enzymes are different in individuals that recover well from laminitis compared with those that deteriorate or have further episodes’.
The study is kindly supported by Waltham and the RVC and there will be no cost to the owner for the sampling or any of the tests’.
We hope that you will be able to support this valuable research project if a vet is called to treat your horse or pony’s laminitis. Of course, the primary focus of any veterinary visit is still to provide appropriate care, advice and treatment for your animal.  If participation is not for you your horse’s treatment will not be affected in any way.

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