Pre-Purchase Examinations/”Vettings”

Having a horse ‘vetted’ or examined by a vet prior to purchase is an important part of responsible horse ownership.

img-equine-vettings-2We perform many vettings each year and can provide you with a professional and informed opinion on the suitability of a horse before you buy them. Having a horse vetted by one our vets gives you peace of mind as well as confidence in the horse you are investing in.



We offer comprehensive five-stage vettings complete with a full written report and a VDS blood sample that is stored at Newmarket for up to six months in case further testing is required.

The vetting will consist of the following 5 stages and will take up to two hours:

  • Preliminary examination
  • Trotting up and flexion tests
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Period of rest
  • A second trot up and foot examination

We seek to identify existing or potential issues with the horse, so you know exactly what you are buying.

We do carry out two stage vettings on occasion, however we do not routinely recommend these when buying a horse. If you need any further advice please ring the practice and talk to one of the vets who would be happy to run through the procedure with you in more detail and answer any questions you may have. Please call the practice for the current vetting fees. Please note that if the blood is tested at a later date for medicines there will be a further charge.

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