St James Veterinary Group's own Equine Team are there for you 24/7, 365 days a year for comprehensive veterinary care of your horses, ponies and donkeys.
Geriatric Health Check
Our horses are healthier and living longer, but it is important to ensure our older companions are not forgotten.
With St James Geriatric Health Check we can pick up any signs of developing old age problems before they become a problem.
The Geriatric Health Check will ensure we are doing as much as possible to maintain the health of our older horses for as long as possible, whilst giving you a discount of over 25% off routine prices.
Keep your horse happy and healthy - Sign up for the St James Geriatric Health Check!
Equine Offer Days
Discounts for equine clients -
Mondays & Wednesdays: East of Swansea
Tuesdays & Thursdays: West of Swansea
Monday - Friday: Gower
Discounts are available on these days on visit fees, examinations, vaccines, tooth rasping, micro-chipping, passports and other routine procedures.
Discounts only apply if payment is made on the day of the visit and if visits are booked with at least 24 hours notice.
Please ring 01792 403600 to arrange your visit.
Faecal Egg Counts
The Equine Team at St James carry out faecal egg counts in house to give you rapid results and a plan of action for your individual horse.
At St James we recommend that you routinely treat your horse once a year for all worms (preferably late autumn) and test the faeces for strongyle worms at three other points in the year to assess if further treatments are required.
Only 10% of horses carry 90% of the worms!
If you worm horses that do not have a high worm burden, then not only are you giving your horse unnecessary drugs, but you may also be contributing to worm resistance.
Those horses that do need treatment must be dosed correctly. Under-dosing also leads to worm resistance. Use a weigh tape to help you or ask your vet if you need some help working out your horses weight.
Contact the team on 01792 403600 to discuss dropping a sample in or for more information.
The Equine Team at St James Veterinary Group are proud to provide high quality preventative health care and emergency treatment for your horses and ponies.
Contact our Whitegates surgery on 01792 403600 during working hours or if you need our services out of hours contact us on 01792 205000 so one of our Equine Team can get in contact with you as soon as possible.
We are able to attend any emergency your horse may have regardless of the time of day or night as well as providing routine work for you and your equine friend.
The Equine Team can provide vaccinations, dental work, sedation, passports and microchipping as well as lameness work-ups, digital x-rays, tendon scanning, pregnancy and reproductive scanning, endoscopy, pre-purchase examination, JMB measurements, sarcoid treatments, castration and other surgical procedures.
The Equine Team are working to become REACT champions. This is an initiative with the British Horse Society and University of Nottingham to promote awareness of colic with horse owners and veterinary practices.
Information can be found in the following link:
This summer it was Strangles awareness week. This is a campaign run by RedWings, BHS, KBHH, BEVA and other organisations. The Equine team all took 'the pledge to stamp out strangles'. More information can be found in the following link:
Ifan graduated from Cambridge University and has since become the Equine and Farm Animal partner of practice. He has been out treating horses for St James Vet Group for over 20 years. He is an active member of the South Wales branch of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and has been a past secretary and president of the association. He is currently their Public Relations Officer. He is also a member of the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) and the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA). In his spare time Ifan is kept busy by his young family and is also a school Governor. He also keeps a small flock of Ryeland sheep, some of which he has shown at The Royal Welsh Show and also enjoys long-distance running to keep fit and for competition.
Alex is originally from Bath and after training in Liverpool joined St James in 2009. She has become a common sight out at the livery yards and stables that St James visit. Alex has two ponies herself that she trains and competes in Mounted Games, travelling all over the World to compete at the highest level. She has previously achieved British, European and World Titles in the sport. Alex is used to seeing many sporting injuries and gets a real sense of achievement seeing her clients horses back in competition after problems or illness. To reach Alex about your horse ring the practice on 01792 403600
Tamara is another of St James Equine Vets. She was born and raised in the Netherlands. She got her Veterinary Degree at the University of Ghent, Belgium in 2013, joining the team at St James at the end of the year. Growing up Tamara could be found near the stables or on a horse, helping to train young dressage horses. Tamara enjoys all sides of equine medicine, with a keen interest in equine reproduction and obstetrics as well as cardiology.
Imogen is a Swansea girl and graduated from Bristol Veterinary School in July 2016. She is thoroughly enjoying working with both the small animal and the large animal teams. In her spare time, Imogen enjoys surfing, horse riding and walking her dog