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Vettings - pre-purchase examinations and advice

Penn Equine Vets’ experienced equine veterinary team can help you with pre-purchase examinations and practical advice before you purchase.

Purchasing a new horse can be a daunting decision. Is the animal fit and healthy? Do they have any underlying health problems that could affect their wellbeing or performance? Are they suited to their intended new purpose with you?

A horse vetting, or pre-purchase examination, is a thorough assessment of the animal which follows British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) guidelines, and after which we can provide the best practical advice on whether the horse is fit for purchase and suitable for your specific needs.

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Why choose Penn Equine Vets to assist your next purchase

Penn Equine Vets’ team have the experience and knowledge to help you make the best decision and reduce potential risks around purchasing a new horse to suit your needs. From a new companion to a racehorse, for pleasure riding or an equestrian competitor.

We provide both 2 stage and 5 stage horse vettings to help you determine whether a potential new horse is suitable for the intended use you wish to buy for. These stages are:

  • Stage 1 – Preliminary examination
  • Stage 2 – Trotting up
  • Stage 3 – Strenuous exercise
  • Stage 4 – A period of rest
  • Stage 5 – The second trot and examination

We are also able to do additional procedures as requested, such as x-rays and endoscopy as part of the vetting.

Please contact the practice to discuss your requirements with one of our experienced equine vets.

Our equine vettings catchment area

Penn Equine Vets will happily perform vettings (pre-purchase examinations) for our current clients, as well as non-registered clients looking at a potential new horse within our catchment area – see below.

Area covered by Penn Equine Vets for purchase examinations

Penn Equine Vets’ equine services

Once you have made your purchase, Penn Equine Vets in Frome can provide you with a comprehensive range of equine veterinary services – learn more.

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