SVS are a mobile team of Approved FEI Veterinarians who arrive at all appointments with the latest high-tech digital equipment.
As leading vets to some of the world’s most valuable horses, be assured that our extensive experience will give you security and comfort whilst performing all veterinarian treatments, from routine preventative treatments and dental issues to life saving emergencies and standing operations. SVS have close and strong partnerships with the leading UK equine hospitals for emergency referrals or planned operations. Our vets are specialists at working under pressure. Most members of the practice own horses or at least ride regularly so can relate and understand owners’ emotions as well as the importance of the horses’ wellbeing, from top competition horses to the much loved pet. The SVS mobile service is fully supported by our full-time staffed 12 stable rehabilitation facility at our base, near Shewsbury.
Mark is BEVA accredited
Saving time & money whilst improving equine health
We undertake all forms of stud work
Mark Siddle MRVCS offers a unique and rare stud service by working from superb equine facilities at home. His dedication and passion for stud work is second to none, giving you real peace of mind that your mare (and foal) are in highly capable hands at all times. Marks keen personal interest in foaling has lead him to gain an excellent reputation in all aspects of breeding. From being able to offer all mares a calm and peaceful environment even in high-risk situations that can sometimes occur, difficult foaling, maiden mares through to foal limb deformities and any other required procedures. Often clients send their mares due to foal for the last month of their gestation, to ensure she is settled and relaxed when the time arrives.
- Full care for mares to foal
- Artificial Insemination in house or at your own yard
- All scans and procedures for foaling and pregnancy
- 26 acres of good grass land
- Foaling boxes
- CCTV and 24 hr supervision with in-house vet
- Experienced staff to handle mares and foals
- Procedures for adoption
- Fresh frozen and chilled semen catered for
You can be assured that when your mare gives birth at our yard that all her needs will be met in a calm and peaceful environment. Also you have the peace of mind that should veterinary treatment be needed it is here and onsite for either mare or foal promptly without the need to transport. Often clients send their mares due to foal for the last month of their gestation to ensure she is settled and relaxed when the time arrives.
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Richard Fahey Racehorse Trainer
Mark Siddle BVSc MRCVS
After qualifying at the highly regarded University of Liverpool (Leahurst), Mark proceeded to take up key roles within leading Thoroughbred yards before becoming resident stud vet at the prestigious Irish National Stud for 3 years.
Mark’s travel and veterinary ambitions have seen him work at some of the most well known and highly regarded equine establishments in Australia, New Zealand and here in the UK.
Mark has cared for every type of horse including hunters, racehorses, polo ponies, sports horses as well as the beloved hack.
Mark is now established as a dynamic and world class Veterinary Surgeon heading up Siddle Veterinary Service. Leading a new concept in Veterinary care, SVS offers a totally mobile service. This cutting edge concept, delivers more to the horse owner than they could have ever imagined to receive from a local vet.
Nikki Turner left school at 16 years old, completing her GCSE’s before heading to Hindlip College to study Equine. With an interest in horse racing, Nikki went on to work with the likes of Alan Hollinsworth, within the point to point and national hunt fields. To pick up a diverse and broad range of experience, it was the world of showjumping that would be next as Nikki based herself with Janet and Anthony Lane at Smiths Farm.
Following four successful years in racing and competition yards, Nikki’s interest in rehabilitation and therapy took over, and led her to Droitwich to Newlands House Farm, where she could pursue her interest.
Nikki, now based at Siddle Veterinary and Siddle Equine Service, brings her wealth of rehab and therapy knowledge to the team as well as taking time out to compete her own event horse Campville Atlanta, who competed up to BE Novice level in her first year.
Emma Dainty ACPAT Cat.A, MCSP, SRP, HPC
Chartered Veterinary Physiotherapist - MSc
Siddle Equine and Siddle Veterinary are delighted to be continuing to work with Emma Dainty as resident Chartered Physiotherapist at their Shropshire base. Emma runs monthly clinics at our premises, providing an imperative service for the rehabilitation and therapy of equine patients, and working closely with Veterinary Surgeon Mark Siddle to formulate the most effective recuperation programme.
Qualified in 1996 as a chartered human physiotherapist, Emma has a broad experience with sports injuries. Emma acquired valuable experience within the NHS and RAF, before embarking on the Masters in Veterinary Physiotherapy at the Royal Veterinary College in 2001. Emma has been instrumental in the successful recovery of many orthopaedic and spinal cases both with large and small animals. Her caseload regularly includes a broad spectrum of horses and ponies in all disciplines, ranging from FEI international competitors and Racehorses, through to pleasure horses and pets.
Emma was selected to work at Greenwich Park as a Veterinary Physiotherapist during the London Olympics 2012.
Chosen to head up the farrier services at the Olympic test Event in Hong Kong in 2007 and then named as Head of Farrier services for both the 2008 Olympics and Paralympics, Ian is resident farrier at Siddle Veterinary and Siddle Equine Service. Spending 3 and a half weeks in Hong Kong for the test event, trying out the new purpose built farriery area and forge, Ian looked after an estimated 240 horses over the Olympic and Paralympic event.
Ian lives in North Wales and is also honorary lecturer at Liverpool Large Animal Hospital. Working closely with Chantal and Mark on both the veterinary and equestrian sides of the business, Ian proves an invaluable addition to the team.
Chantal Siddle started her equestrian life at the young age of 2, born to highly regarded BHSI – Nessa Nashat. Qualifying as a BHSAI at just 17 years old, Chantal had progressed through the Pony Club route gaining that vital knowledge and experience required to succeed for this turbulent career path.
Chantal’s career has taken her across the continent and back working for the likes of Ginny Leng, Leida Stryke and training with Anky Van Grunsven. Kenneth Clawson has also become a life long friend as well as an influential trainer.
Returning to rural Shropshire, Chantal now teaches and competes full time from her impressive and well facilitated base. Currently training riders at every level, her impressive address book boasts JRN and juniors, FEI pony riders, Intermediate and international event riders as well as those from the pure dressage discipline. Chantal’s humorous and likeable personality makes her ideal to teach those with fewer aspirations within the sport and is ideal for grassroots and novice combinations.
PA / Practice Manager
Emma is now a familiar voice to most of our clients on the end of the phone. Emma left education having qualified in Secretarial Studies and Business Administration and she went on to work in the NHS and did her nurse training before having a break in her career to have her two young children. She went back to work in the NHS as a Medical Secretary and came to work for SVS / SES to further her career whilst combining it with her love for horses.
Having ridden as a youngster, Emma has recently come back to riding and owning horses. She has a young cob she bought as a foal and a Shetland. She is hoping to do some low level dressage and general hacking with her older horse. Emma lives in mid-Wales with her husband and two children and has a small menagerie of animals including ducks, chickens, lambs as well as her horses, our very own Dr Doolittle!
Rider and horse analyst
Founder of Centaur Biomechanics, Russell specialises in horse and rider performance analysis. With a career steeped in equestrianism, Russell has worked with the likes of Di Lampard and Tim Stockdale, as well as heading over to Germany for a time. Whilst completing his degree, Russell managed a rehabilitation centre for 16 months.
Russell brings the very latest software and techniques to help maintain performance and increase soundness of both horse and rider. Through Siddle Veterinary, Russell uses video and gait analysis software to support the work carried out by resident Vet Mark Siddle. With Siddle Equine, Russell focuses on the rider posture to enhance performance. Russell has provided performance analysis to the BEF World Class Performance Programme since 2006.
Siddle Veterinary Service offers a portfolio of rehabilitation and therapy packages which can run as stand-alone treatments, or parallel alongside an ongoing veterinary treatment. The staff at SVS have a wealth of experience second to none, providing the most ideal environment for your horse to recuperate under their watchful eye.
The team continue to stay up to date with all cutting edge treatments and research, ensuring they offer the very best rehabilitation service to horses and owners.
With an array of industry experts on hand, there really couldn’t be a better place poised to give your horse the very best chance of full recovery.
The Shropshire yard was specifically designed and built to aid the recuperation of patients. With an indoor stabling block (all stables and examining areas are fitted with rubber matting) and 24 hour supervision, horses are continually monitored by fully qualified staff.
For those horses requiring controlled exercise, the 60m x 30m surfaced arena offers the ideal place for gentle lunging or ridden work. The rubberised horse walker is perfect for those needing some gentle stretching and walk work.
Horses in the latter stages of their rehabilitation may require some daily turnout, and our ample grazing sectioned in to secure paddocks provides the ideal place for this.
In our rural and quiet location, ample hacking is available for those stepping up to road work.
Activo-Med Combi System
The new Combi Pro is a unique rug that provides both sequenced Pulsed Electromagnetic and Massage therapy to the horse. By enhancing venous blood flow, this combination of therapies can be used on many equine problems and conditions as well as having great results when used on a pre-warmup program before exercise and a recovery program after exercise. What’s more, the Combi Pro rug treats the whole of the horse, from the top of the neck to the tip of the tail, and now also the shoulders and stifle.
The 4 important factors for successful therapy sessions are Intensity, Frequency, Duration and Combination of Treatments.
The rug is lightweight, robust and cool being available in either the traditional Goretex and Mesh or full Mesh. The rug contains:
14 powerful cyclonic massage modules
19 pulsed electromagnetic spools.
As well as fully qualified veterinary staff who are on site 24 hours a day, and a qualified support team, SVS has regularly attending experts in specific fields.
Emma Dainty, chartered physiotherapist, runs regular clinics at the Centre, usually on a weekly basis. Emma has worked with a variety of orthodontic and spinal cases with a variety of horses from hack’s to world class athletes.
Ian Hughes, farrier at the 2008 Olympic Games, is SVS’ official farrier. With an exemplary knowledge of remedial and corrective shoeing, Ian can support the work of the veterinary team by consulting patients and ensuring a high level of footcare.
In terms of measuring and monitoring, Russell Guire of Centaur Biomechanics is another regular at SVS. Using the advanced technologies of Gait Analysis, actions not usually seen by the naked eye, can be assessed and treatments adjusted accordingly.
The resident team also provide a variety of massage treatments which are used across the board on all patients.
The Zamar System
The ZAMAR system (designed by Italian refrigeration specialists) provides cold and hot treatment, combined with massage therapy, to improve circulation and promote healing. It is designed to help reduce and prevent joints problems, muscular strains and soreness. The machine is non-invasive and can be used both prior to and following competition for general maintenance of the legs, as well as to help with recovery from an injury.
With these machines costing in the region of £2,600m, they are not readily available to every horse owner, thus again proving SVS as the ‘place to be’.
The Cyclo-Ssage lightweight magnetic rugs have a series of small motors positioned throughout the rug in line with the various major muscle masses. These gently vibrate and stimulate the muscles in three different directions, called cycloidal massage, which helps to improve circulation and aid relaxation. The intensity of the motor can be adjusted to specific treatment requirements.
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Breeding: from unborn to new born
With the many new additions at SVS, we are focussing on the medical side of breeding and your new addition...
As part of any breeding programme, consideration should be given to protecting the stallion, the mare and her unborn foal from diseases which affect health and production. There are three viruses which are a potential threat to the mare and foal where the risks can be reduced with vaccination.
Equine Viral ArteritisEquine viral arteritis (EVA) is a contagious disease causing abortion in pregnant mares. It is a notifiable disease - there is a legal requirement to notify DEFRA in the event of positive tests for EVA. The severity and variety of symptoms caused by EVA can vary widely. Infection may be obvious, or there may be no clinical signs at all. The clinical signs of EVA include flu-like respiratory disease and fever. Mares infected late in gestation may give birth to foals with potentially fatal breathing problems.
The equine arteritis virus causing EVA is most frequently spread through direct contact, with infected horses transmitting the virus through respiratory secretions. However, it is also spread through the semen of infected stallions, either directly during mating or indirectly via artificial insemination (AI). The stallion is a very important source of the virus as, once infected, some stallions can become carriers, shedding the virus for anything from several weeks to a lifetime.
It is important to ensure that any stallions being used for breeding purposes, either directly or via AI, comply with the Horserace Betting Levy Board Code of Practice on EVA. If you are a mare owner, you shouldn’t hesitate to ask to see papers certifying that the stallion is clear and has been vaccinated, before it is allowed to breed with your mare.
Equine Herpes Virus
Equine herpes virus (EHV) is a highly contagious viral infection which can cause respiratory disease, abortions and neurological disease. There are two different types of EHV which cause disease in horses: EHV-1, is less common, but can be severe in its effects, causing abortion and neurological disease. EHV-4 is very common and causes respiratory disease.
In breeding mares, an infection of EHV-1 can seriously endanger the life of the foal, and is the most commonly diagnosed cause of infectious abortion. As a previous infection can leave a horse as a carrier, the nature of the virus is such that there may be no signs of respiratory disease present in the mare prior to abortion. Most abortions occur in the last trimester (or third) of pregnancy. The foal is usually born dead. Those infected in the womb and born alive usually die shortly after birth.
EHV is a contagious viral disease which passes from horse to horse through coughing and inhalation of infective viral particles. Horses that become carriers can intermittently shed virus and so infect other in-contact horses. Typically, carriers show no signs of the disease, but will shed virus at times of stress or excitement, such as when mixing with new horses at stud. The tissues and membranes of an aborted foetus are highly infectious and every effort should be made to keep potential infection away from susceptible mares.
If a mare aborts, or a foal dies or becomes ill within 14 days of birth, then seek veterinary advice immediately, and place the mare (and, if appropriate, the sick foal) in strict isolation.
A vaccine is available to reduce the risk of abortion due to EHV. It is administered to the mare during pregnancy. It is also recommended that other animals be vaccinated, including stallions, as the herd is far better protected as a whole against this potentially serious disease.
Whilst we are all used to the knocks and bangs to ourselves and our horses a day’s hunting can bring, one particular problem can turn into something a lot worse if not dealt with properly.
Blackthorn (Prunus spinous) is a perennial shrub common in hedgerows and thickets and particularly common in the West Midlands, the fruit it bears is commonly known as the Sloe, and whilst a bit of Sloe Gin in your hipflask might warm you up out hunting, the thorns that the Blackthorn produces can leave your horse, and even yourself, with painful injuries.
The shrub bears narrow thorns up to 5cm long, which can penetrate a horse’s skin and break off leaving fragments embedded in the tissue. The blackthorn then sets off a chronic foreign body reaction which leads to heat, swelling and pain within hours. If a blackthorn should penetrate a joint or tendon sheath the reaction can be very severe causing extreme pain and joint/tendon sheath swelling and lameness.
To ensure the best success rate if a blackthorn penetration is suspected rapid treatment is vital. If you suspect a blackthorn has penetrated synovial structures such as joints or tendon sheaths then urgent veterinary attention is required.
In most cases the thorn can be identified quickly and then carefully removed with a small pair of tweezers or similar. You must take extreme care to avoid breaking off the thorn tip when removing. It can be useful to clip away the hair around the entry site gently to aid visibility. Poulticing can also encourage expulsion of the thorn from the tissues if the end is not obviously visible or you suspect the tip has broken off in the tissues.
If a thorn should penetrate a joint or tendon this can require surgical intervention to flush the joint and remove the thorn. A veterinarian can use ultrasound examination of the area in question to determine the size of fragment, depth and direction of penetration to allow them to make the best decision regarding removal. Ultrasound is also useful in determining the proximity of the thorn to any vital structures. Blackthorn penetrations into synovial spaces will always cause severe lameness, if the affected joint/tendon sheath is treated quickly then a rapid recovery is more likely.
The only real preventative measures you can hope to take are well fitting boots and, should you be unlucky enough to suffer an injury, prompt diagnosis and treatment will make all the difference to your horse and get you back in the saddle soonest. Only you know if you have encountered possible blackthorn injury and a thorough examination of legs is recommended on return from hunting.
Equine rotavirus causes viral enteritis in young foals. It is the most common cause of diarrhoea in foals, with younger foals showing the most severe clinical signs. The diease is characterised by profuse, watery, smelly faeces and although the foal may often have a normal temperature, it may appear depressed and not suckle. The diarrhoea usually lasts for around 4-7 days, but may persist for weeks.
Contact us immediately if foals start with scour as infected foals will require aggressive and thorough supportive therapy.
It is spread by environmental-oral or faecal-oral transmission and is a hardy organism that may persist in the environment for over nine months. Good stable management and maintenance of a clean, disinfected environment is particularly important at foaling - especially if there is a history of rotavirus infection. Avoid mixing resident mares and foals with visiting horses, and keep animals in the same stall to minimise the movement of animals around the yard. For the best protection, a vaccine is available for use in pregnant mares. This increases rotavirus antibody levels in the mare which are then passively transferred to the foal through the colostrum - improving the immune capability of the foals and providing protection during the first few weeks of life.
As always, SVS are happy to assist and discuss any of your breeding concerns. Contact the practice for more information on breeding health and vaccination.
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Tel: 01948 710959
Fax: 01948 710949
Monday to Friday:
9.30am - 12noon
(24 hour answerphone, regularly checked)
- Both insured and uninsured cases accepted
- Fully equipped mobile vet carrying high-tech mobile digital veterinary...
- imaging devices:
- Digital radiography in your own yard
- Video endoscopy in your own yard
- Digital ultrasonography in your own yard
- 24 hour call out
- Pre-purchase examinations (private and sales)
- Lameness investigation and treatment
- Stud services and foal care
- Approved FEI Veterinarians
- Routine standing surgery (e.g. castrations)
- Referrals to specialist equine hospitals, where necessary
- Blood testing and laboratory facilities
- Artificial Insemination
- Based in Shewsbury, Shropshire
Office 01948 710959
Long Barn, Northwood Wem, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY4 5NP
Founded by experienced equine vet Mark Siddle and his wife Chantal, we offer our clients a high quality, personal and comprehensive veterinary service in their own yard.