We understand that many of you want clarity over the suspension of routine equine vaccinations during the current human COVID-19 crisis. Our regulatory body has issued guidance on what does and doesn’t constitute essential work. Annual and six monthly vaccines for equine influenza are not currently considered essential. We are therefore not able to give routine annual or six monthly influenza vaccines until further notice. All other equine practices should also now be adhering to this. There are a limited number of scenarios where equines may still be vaccinated.
For those concerned that their horse, pony or donkey’s vaccination protection will be overdue, the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is in discussions with the numerous competition societies to request an amnesty following a suspension of flu vaccines for one month (due to end late April). They are also in talks with vaccine manufacturers to provide discounted/free vaccines should a vaccine course restart be required by the competition societies.
The health and welfare of your animals is of paramount importance to us at St David’s Equine, however animal vaccination is not as high a priority as limiting the spread of human coronavirus, saving human lives and beating it!
We apologise to those of you who will be affected by this temporary halt. We hope you understand our collective approach as the veterinary profession. If you feel this is likely to adversely affect you, one of the St David’s Equine vets will be happy to discuss your situation with you, in confidence. Most importantly however, please be assured that if you are concerned at all about the health or welfare of your horse, pony or donkey, we are at the end of the phone and our vets can still attend animals in emergency and those with serious disease or injury.