Academy Vet Centre
Academy Vet Centre

Equine Services



Vaccination is a very important part of your horse’s annual health program and is an effective way to protect your horse from some potentially fatal equine infectious diseases.
A FREE Routine health check is offered as part of Flu and Tetanus vaccinations.



Worm egg counts are an essential part of any worming programme for horses, as it is important to find out if any worms are actually present before beginning treatment. Current research has shown that some types of worms are now showing resistance to particular wormers, and that the overuse or incorrect timings of worming treatments can in fact make this problem worse.

Our trained team can carry out in-house faecal worm egg counts, in order to help work out an effective and efficient worming routine for your horse.

Horse Passports and Microchipping


All horses, ponies and donkeys must have a horse passport.  The passport is a small booklet that identifies your animal by its height and species. 

It also states whether your animal can be used for food at the end of its life. You can declare that your animal isn’t intended for human consumption by filling in the appropriate section of the passport. This can’t be changed later.  If you don’t make the declaration in the passport, it’s assumed the animal is intended for human consumption at the end of its life.  You should present your passport when a vet examines or treats your animal.


All horse passports issued since 1 July 2009 must contain a microchip number.  Microchipping is a simple and quick procedure which is an effective method of identifying any pet. Once your horse has been microchipped your details are held on a central register so you can be contacted if your horse is found missing or stolen.


We can microchip your animal and fill out its identification details on the passport application form to allow you to apply for a passport and comply with this legislation.





Regular dental examinations are an important part of equine health.  These examinations should form part of your horses yearly health plan and are easy to include at the time of your vaccinations.  We have experiance in routine dental work and have an have range of manual and electric rasping equipment.  We also have good working relationship with equine dental technicians to provide comprehensive dental care, which means that almost all dental defects can be fixed on your premises. 


Our endoscope is portable and allows us to see images of your horse’s upper respiratory area or oesophagus.

Pre Purchase Examination


When buying a horse, we strongly recommend a pre-purchase veterinary examination.  A pre-purchase examination reduces the chance of buying a horse that may have health problems or become unsound in the future. If you choose to insure the horse, your insurance company may request the examination prior to insurance.


We can carry out a full '5 stage examination‘or a shorter, less detailed version - '2 stage examination'.
For further information contact the surgery.




Academy Vet Centre


6 Academy Street



Tel.: 01776 703131



Or use our contact form.



Academy Vet Centre

6-8 Queen Street

Newton Stewart



Tel.: 01671 404951




24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICE:     01776 703131 or 01671 404951   

Please note all out of hours consultations will be seen at our Stranraer branch.  

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