Equine Vetting | Pre-Purchase Examinations
Vetting a horse is a key part of the buying process, regardless of whether you’re purchasing a high-end competition horse or a happy hacker. Here at Shotter & Byers, we have state of the art equipment available to perform extensive pre-purchase examinations anywhere in the UK or abroad.
The purchase of any horse always involves an element of risk but the pre-purchase examination aims to identify and quantify that risk in order to help you decide whether you wish to proceed with the purchase.
To perform a pre-purchase examination, the horse’s passport must be present to verify the horse’s identity. Without the presence of a passport, the examination cannot take place.
We will also require access to the horse’s full clinical history.
We do offer a ‘2 stage pre-purchase examination, (it may be that you only require a 2 stage vetting for insurance purposes) however this is a limited examination and we will require you to sign a disclaimer form to confirm that you acknowledge that the extent of this limited form of examination has been explained to you and that you accept and understand that such limited examination may not reveal certain conditions which may have been discovered during the course of a full 5 stage examination.
If you would like more advice on which vetting to choose and information on the cost, please do not hesitate to contact our office.
Equine Vetting Stages
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and British Equine Veterinary Association has divided the vetting process into five stages which are detailed below: