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Andrew Hillier
Andrew Hillier is Ballinger Equine's Managing Director
Ballinger Equine is proud to announce that with effect of 1 March 2023, our Managing Director, Andrew Hillier, has been appointed a Board Director at the Veterinary Management Group (VMG). The appointment was confirmed at the VMG’s 2023 Annual General Meeting. Veterinary Management Group The Veterinary Management Group (VMG) is the professional association for all...
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Ballinger Equine is an RCVS Approved Graduate Development Practice
Ballinger Equine is proud to announce that it has been awarded RCVS Approved Graduate Development Practice status. The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Veterinary Graduate Development Programme, VetGDP, provides an effective period of workplace-based support for all veterinary graduates as they begin their first role in practice. Developing clinical and professional capabilities Developed in...
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Ballinger Equine Practice Manager, Louise Shakespeare
Everybody at Ballinger Equine is thrilled to welcome Louise Shakespeare as our new Practice Manager. Louise is the latest addition to the management team joining Andrew and Susanna as they continue to develop the practice. Professional practice management Louise brings a wealth of management experience and an understanding of the continuous improvement model applied within...
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Ballinger Equine operates its own 24/7, 365 out-of-hours emergency service throughout the Christmas and New Year holidays
The Ballinger Equine practice office at East Barn will close for the Christmas Day and Boxing Day Bank Holidays on 26 and 27 December respectively and for the New Year’s Day Bank Holiday on Monday, 2 January 2023. But, our team of veterinary surgeons continue, as they do every year, to provide uninterrupted, out-of-hours emergency service throughout...
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Bonfires, fireworks and smoke frighten horses and ponies
Fireworks, bonfires, smoke and sudden loud noises do not mix well with horses and ponies – or other animals. Large organised fireworks displays and bonfire parties are almost upon us again for Guy Fawkes night and the Diwali Festival of Lights which is traditionally accompanied by colourful lanterns and fireworks. For those us with animals,...
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Oak, acorns and oak leaves contain tannins which are toxic to horses and ponies. Acorn and sycamore seed poisoning can be fatal for horses and ponies.
Autumn has arrived bringing with it two seasonal poison hazards for horses and ponies – sycamore seeds or ‘helicopters’, and acorns. Atypical myopathy (sycamore poisoning or seasonal pasture myopathy) is a disease caused by the ingestion of sycamore seeds, seedlings or leaves and is often fatal in horses and ponies. Acorn poisoning requires urgent veterinary...
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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Everybody at Ballinger Equine is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen. We respectfully offer our thoughts and condolences to the Royal Family. Emergency service only on Monday 19 September Monday 19 September, the date of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral, is a national bank holiday. Out of...
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Equine Influenza vaccine
British Equestrian (BEF) has issued a further update to the statement released jointly with British Equestrian Veterinary Association (BEVA) and the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) on 17 August, confirming that there are supply problems with equine influenza doses of Boehringer Ingelheim’s Proteq product. A Europe-wide issue, impacting the UK first This is a Europe-wide issue, but the shortage...
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Dr Charlotte Batson BVSc MRCVS, veterinary surgeon with the Ballinger Equine clinical team
Everybody at Ballinger Equine is pleased to welcome Dr Charlotte Batson BVSc MRCVS to the clinical team. Charlotte is the latest addition to our veterinary staff, joining her new colleagues Sophie, Harriett Eleanor and Clinical Director, Susanna Ballinger. Local knowledge and familiarity with the region’s horse-owners Charlotte’s home is Bedfordshire and she knows the region...
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Ballinger Equine Ambassador and GB international horseball player, Charlotte Silcott-Niles
Following my recent discussion with Ballinger Equine Ambassador, Charlotte Silcott-Niles as she prepared to depart the UK with her GB Horseball Squad teammates for the Fédération Internationale de Horseball (FIHB) World Cup in Saint-Lô, I get together with her again on her return, to discuss all things horseball and what makes a great rider/horse combination in this...
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