Horse owners on the Isle of Wight are delighted with a Wiltshire equine practice’s decision to place a permanent vet on the island, ensuring that the county’s horses can receive speedy treatment when they need it, 24/7.

Horse owners on the Isle of Wight are delighted with a Wiltshire vet practice’s decision to place a permanent vet on the island, ensuring that the island’s horses can receive speedy treatment when they need it, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Endell Veterinary Group’s Equine Hospital in Wiltshire has relocated Florus Oskam, one of their team of equine vets, to the island.

Equine vet Florus Oskam with his horse, Billy.Now permanently on-site, Mr Oskam is able to provide a prompt routine and emergency, mobile ambulatory service around the island 24 hours a day. He also has the back up of mainland ambulatory vets who also, as usual, spend time on the island. Appointments with specific vets to visit the island can also be arranged.  

Isle of Wight horse owner Marion Wager believes the new service has already helped to save her pony’s life. The mare recently had a bout of colic and needed urgent veterinary attention.

She explained: “When I called Endells as an emergency at 7.30am in the morning and they said that Florus would be with me in 15 minutes, it was a massive relief as I knew Teasel needed to see a vet ASAP. Within the hour Teasel had been stabilised and blood tested, Florus was able to check her again later in the day and promised he could be with me within minutes if I needed him during the night.

She added: “It’s such a relief knowing our vet is now so close by, especially for emergency situations like this. With a colic case like Teasel’s a long wait could have been fatal.”

Mr Oskam said: “We have been providing a veterinary service on the Isle of Wight for the past 30 years and have a very loyal client base. For years they have been asking us for a permanent service on the island and we are delighted to be able to provide it at last.”

Anita Niccolls, dressage rider and trainer on the Isle of Wight, added: “It’s very reassuring to know that a vet of Florus’s calibre is now resident on the Island and that we are able to have continuity of vet care should a horse need further treatment at the practice’s equine hospital in Salisbury.”

 

 

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