West Bar Veterinary Hospital
19 West Bar, Banbury, Oxon OX16 9SA
Telephone us (24 hours) on: 01295 262 332


 Affordable treatment from an Experienced Team

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Experienced veterinary surgeons Clive Madeiros and Hannah Church are now able to offer a full range of equine services, from our North Banbury Equine Facility.

We can offer:
  • X-rays,
  • Ultrasound scanning,
  • Lameness work ups,
  • Vettings- full 5 stage,
  • Standing surgery_MG_6757efp
  • Annual vaccinations
  • Worming advice
  • Emergency wounds
  • and more…


Please give us a call to discuss how we can help.

Equine Articles

  For information on Livery Yards-  Best Practice For Livery Yards- June 2014

Equine Dentistry


Equine free of charge visit days

TUESDAY- Visits Between 10:00- 4:00 ONLY (AND NEEDS TO BE BOOKED IN BY MONDAY AT 12:00)- The villages this includes are: Ayhno, Adderbury/ Twyford, Kings Sutton, Bodicote, Bloxham, Milton, Milcombe, Middle Barton, Great Tew, Steeple Aston, Upper Heyford, Ardley, Fritwell, Sommerton and Deddington.

WEDNESDAY- Visits Between 10:00-4:00 ONLY (AND NEEDS TO BE BOOKED IN BY TUESDAY AT 12:00)- The villages this includes are: Woodford Halse, Preston Capes, Charwelton, Eyden, Cannons Ashby, Byfield, Chipping Warden and Aston Le Walls.

THURSDAY- Visits Between 10:00- 4:00 ONLY (AND NEEDS TO BE BOOKED IN BY WEDNESDAY AT 12:00)- The villages this includes are: Southam, Priors Marston, Harbury, Knightcote, Wormleighton, Napton on the Hill, Long Itchington, Offchurch and Radford.

Not all the villages are listed above but as long as they are in the same vicinity they will be included.   Southam Equine Visit There is also a Southam equine visit Fee of £15.00 which includes any visits within the Southam area, on the way to Southam but that are not booked between the 10:00- 4:00 Thursday Visits.

Horse MOT

Horse Vaccinations

Equine Vaccination Program

 At West bar veterinary hospital, we recommend vaccinations against Tetanus, Equine

Influenza and Herpes for all equines.



Tetanus is a life threatening disease caused by a bacterial toxin which effects the nervous system. The bacteria that produce the toxin are very common and found in soil. They can easily

enter the horse through minor cuts, grazes, or damaged feet causing Tetanus to develop. The tetanus bacterium is present in this area and we see cases of this several times a year. Treatment requires intensive care and a lot of horses do not survive. A simple, inexpensive vaccination programme can completely prevent this distressing and unnecessary disease.


 Tetanus vaccination schedule


Equine Influenza


Equine influenza (flu) is a respiratory virus that spreads very easily from horse to horse. It causes the horse to be lethargic for several weeks, and signs often include a nasal discharge, fever and coughing. Equine influenza outbreaks are still regular occurrences in the UK, and the only reason that they remain confined to a small area is because so many horses and ponies are now vaccinated. We particularly recommend 'flu vaccinations in all youngstock and older horses, all horses that mix with horses from other yards eg competing or hacking out, and all horses kept on yards with different horses arriving and leaving. Influenza vaccination is required for horses competing or going to training events under most governing bodies, e.g. riding and pony clubs, BSJA, BE, BD and under Jockey Club rules.


Equine Influenza vaccination schedule

Vaccinations all include a free health check, so they are a valuable opportunity for the vet to pick up on the early signs of any problems. The vets are also very happy to discuss management, worming, any other questions you may have, and to check your horses teeth at the time of the vaccination.


Vaccinations can be done at a home or yard visit, where you can share the visit fee between different horses, or why not bring the horse to the clinic and save the visit fee? Please give us a call if you would like further information.

Influenza vaccination guidelines for competition horses:


Initial programme

  • First vaccination: 21-92 days: second vaccination: 150-215 days: third vaccination                     ( for competition entry a horse is considered vaccinated 7 days after the second vaccination)
  • Annual boosters (for racing/ riding club) or
  • Boosters every 6 months (FEI competitions)


The herpes virus is responsible for three syndromes in the horse:

  • Abortion in pregnant mares
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
  • Neurological disease

 The virus is spread via aerosol inhalation i.e. in the air. Protection is available in the form of a vaccination, the timing of which is determined by the syndrome being guarded against. Where the concern is mainly respiratory, there is a vaccination which combines 'flu and herpes (Equillus Resequin) which is both effective and economic. It has been shown that the maximal protection against herpes abortion has been to vaccinate in mid to late pregnancy.




General protection against upper respiratory/ neurological syndromes either in the form of herpes only vaccine or Equillis Resequin (flu and Herpes). Initial course- 2 vaccinations 3-6 weeks apart then boosters every 6 months.


Pregnant mares and abortion prevention: Given during pregnancy at 5, 7 and 9 months of gestation.


Frequently asked questions:


Can I ride my horse after they have received their vaccination?

The vaccines we use today are not live vaccines as they have been in years gone by. We normally suggest only light work (ie not getting into a sweat) for 24-48 hours after the vaccination. Vaccination reactions are rare and if they occur are usually confined to a soft tissue swelling where injection was administered.


When can my foal start its vaccinations?

Foals receive antibodies from their mothers via colostrums (in the first 12 hours of life). Therefore it is important to make sure the mare has good immunity before foaling. Therefore we recommend giving a tetanus booster in the last 4-6 weeks of pregnancy which will then provide the foal with some protection for the first 6-12 weeks of life.


If the mare is not covered for tetanus, then an injection for tetanus antitoxin (an 'antidote' to the tetanus infection) should be given to the foal as soon as possible after birth to provide temporary cover for 3-4 weeks


Foals can start their vaccinations from 5 months of age.

Our vaccine prices

  • Flu and Tetanus- £27.04
  • Tetanus- £14.07
  • Flu- £26.01
  • Herpes- £27.52
  All the above prices include VAT

Horse Worming and Products

worm eggLet us take the hassle out of worming for you! For a very reasonable cost we will supply you with all the wormers you need and perform three free worm egg counts a year!

West Bar Vets Annual Worming programme- £60 to worm your horse and Faecal analysis for the whole year!!

For just £60 per year, it includes all treatments deemed necessary plus analysis of sample from your horse three times annually!. Our programme is tailored for your horse and takes away the guess work. It covers treatment against all the important equine parasites (roundworms, bots, all three species of tapeworm and all larval stages of small redworm). How our programme works: In DECEMBER you will worm your horse with EQUEST PRAMOX (provided by us). In MAY, AUGUST AND NOVEMBER, you will provide us with a fresh dung sample from your horse. We will provide a wormer containing a suitable active ingredient if this is indicated by the sample results. Reserving products only for when they are necessary reduces the build up of resistance to wormers and prevents overmedicating your horse, thus improving the sustainability of your worming programme. Samples must be fresh and given to us in a sealed and labelled plastic container. Please drop these off prior to 1pm Monday- Friday. All wormers can be collected via our Veterinary Hospital in Banbury or by prior arrangement from one of our 3 branch surgeries located in Adderbury, North Banbury and Woodford Halse any time after the 1st of the month. Wormers can also be sent by post on request (small charge for postage will apply) Horses must be at least 6 1/2 months of age to start the programme.   Faeces collection Protocol: 1. Faeces must be collected in an air-tight sealed container and as full as possible, this will prevent any air contamination. Air contamination can cause the eggs to mature, preventing them from being detected by Ovassay and Mcmasters, this will then give us lower levels than it should be. 2. If you are collecting from the one horse, please could you collect the sample from 3 areas of the faeces, this is because the distribution of worm eggs and coccidia within the faeces is uneven, so by doing this it will then give us a more accurate reading. 3. Lastly the sample must be FRESH

Horse Wormers that we stock at West Bar Veterinary Hospital

  • Noromectin Equine Paste- each syringe of 140mg ivermectin is sufficient to treat 700KG bodyweight- £6.17
  • Strongid- P Paste- each syringe is sufficient for up to 600KG of bodyweight- £12.81
  • Panacure Paste- 1 syringe per 600KG of bodyweight- £12.94
  • Equest oral gel- 1 syringe per 575KG of bodyweight- £13.17
  • Equest Pramox- 1 syringe per 575KG of bodyweight- £20.72
All of the prices above include VAT      

Purchase Vetting

The pre-purchase examination provides assessment of the horse at the time of examination to help inform the potential purchasers decision whether or not to continue with their purchase. The assessment reflects the objective facts ascertained by the veterinary surgeon on the day of the examination.

5-stage vetting

This is considered the gold standard examination.

Stage 1: preliminary examination In brief this is a thorough external examination of the animal at rest using visual observation, palpation and manipulation to detect clinically apparent signs of injure, disease or physical abnormality. At this stage incisor teeth, eyes and an auscultation of the horses heart and lungs at rest his performed.

Stage 2: Walk & trot in hand This is performed to detect any gait & action abnormalities. Flexion tests on all limbs are performed.

Stage 3: Exercise phase Usually the horse is ridden and given sufficient exercise to: 1. Allow assessment of the horse under increased breathing and heart rate 2. Allow assessment of the horses gaits 3. For the purpose of stage 5

Stage 4: Period of rest and re-examination During this time respiratory and cardiovascular systems are monitored as they return to resting levels

Stage 5: Second trot up The horse is trotted in hand to look for any signs of strains or injury made evident by exercise. It is strongly recommended that a blood sample is taken for storage for possible future analysis to detect substances present in the horses system at the time of examination may have masked any factors affecting the horse suitability to the purchaser (added costs apply)

  There is also a 'Limited pre-purchase examination' or 2-stage vetting examination which only includes the first two stages as shown above. It should be noted that there are obviously limitations and higher risks that the potential purchaser should be aware of. Passport horsemeat