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Our team are experts in all aspects of equine care
MRI

Our Shelf Equine Clinic houses our standing MRI scanner;  we are one of only a handful of practices in the UK to have such a facility.

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Studwork & Breeding

Our veterinary surgeons have experience in all fields of fertility work. We can offer pre-breeding examinations

of mares and stallions.

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Diagnostics & Treatment

Surgery is carried out by our team of experienced Veterinary Surgeons, assisted by our nursing team. We have two large, well-equipped operating suites, with a wide range of surgical instruments.                     

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Endoscopy

Endoscopy is used to visualise a horse's upper respiratory tract. This is carried out under standing sedation, with the endoscope introduced via the horse's nostril. Endoscopy is also a useful way to harvest diagnostic samples.                    

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Ultrasound

Our equine clinic has a sophisticated ultrasound scanner which is a particularly useful imaging method for assessing tendons, ligaments and other soft tissue structures.

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Gastroscopy

Our Equine clinic has a gastroscope to aid our understanding and diagnosis of diseases affecting the equine oesophagus and stomach.                    

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Shockwave

Hird and Partners have been using Extracorporeal Shockwave Treatment (ESWT) for a number of years and can be carried out by our orthopaedic team and our ambulatory Veterinary Surgeons.                    

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Lameness Investigations

Lameness investigations are carried out at our equine clinic; this is usually on a referral basis from either our own ambulatory veterinarians, or those at neighbouring practices. A lameness investigation includes a number of stages, and is individually tailored.                   

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Anaesthesia

Our anaesthesia team is provided by a team of four veterinary surgeons, headed by consultant anaesthetist John Hird, we employ comprehensive monitoring equipment, modern drug combinations and comprehensive pre-anaesthetic examinations.                    

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Laparoscopy

Laparoscopy is performed under standing sedation and allows us to image the inside of a horse's abdomen, in order to perform further investigation and treatment of certain conditions.                     

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Hospitalisation

Our hospitalisation facilities includes a total of 17 boxes, including three stables used for patients requiring intensive monitoring and fluid therapy.                   

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Pre-Purchase Examinations

Members of our dedicated team of Equine Veterinary Surgeons have attended further courses on pre-purchase examinations. We offer a choice of either two or five stage vettings.                   

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IRAP

Shelf Equine Clinic has been using IRAP for over 10 years and have a good knowledge in which cases its use is warranted. IRAP treatment has been used effectively in the treatment of horses with destruction of the cartilage lining joint surfaces and inflammation of ligaments.                  

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Osteokine

Osteokine  has been shown to accelerate healing in injuries involving fibrous tissues (tendons, ligaments, skin) and has also been used in bone healing.                    

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emergency situation clients can be reassured by a familiar face, and be offered the same high level of caring, compassionate service.

The large animal vets are supported by a team of helpful and friendly support staff, who can be contacted on 01422 354106.

Hird and Partners large animal practice consists of a team of nine veterinary surgeons, based at our main surgery in King Street and Shelf Equine Clinic, providing an ambulatory service to our equine and farm clients.

Our large animal division holds tier 2 of the RCVS accreditation scheme for farm and equine practice.

Continuing professional development (CPD) is compulsory for all our veterinary surgeons, ensuring they remain well informed about current developments in equine medicine and surgery.

All of our vets are members of BEVA (the British Equine Veterinary Association) and regularly attend meetings and courses run by the association.

We provide our own 24-hour emergency service to our clients, thus in an

Experts in equine health

Founded at Lower Giles Hill Farm, Shelf in 1995, our equine surgical and diagnostic unit is conveniently located at Shelf, near Halifax with easy access from the M62/M606 and the A58. Here, we carry out investigations, most diagnostic imaging procedures (such as ultrasound and x-rays) and surgery (including orthopaedic procedures and colics).

The Shelf Equine Clinic also houses the practice’s MRI scanner. We are an RCVS Tier 2  accredited equine practice, so you can rest assured of our consistent level of

care and commitment to our patients.
We have two well-equipped examination areas, stocks and an indoor and outdoor school for the evaluation of lame horses.

Equine ambulatory practice:

On the Road

Our ambulatory team offer routine treatments and 24-hour emergency cover over a wide area. We also carry out courtesy yard visits in several areas.

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Surgical Facilities

Our large animal operating theatre is  equipped to treat a wide range of surgical procedures by our highly skilled resident surgical team.

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Our Services

Dentistry

All of our large animal team are experienced in dealing with equine dentistry. Our ambulatory practice offers a routine dental service to clients.

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From Monday 14th March we are launching a new reduced pre-booked
local visit charge of £24.
This is for routine treatments which have been booked in advance for an appointment between 9am and 4pm in areas local to Shelf & King Street, Halifax.

To make an appointment or to see if you are eligible for this please call the
office on 01422 354106.

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Meet our friendly equine staff who help deliver outstanding care.

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In case of Emergency please phone: Pets: 01422 354999       Equine/Farm: 01422 354106

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Small Animals King Street Practice

2 King Street, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1SR

Small animal: 01422 354999 / 01422 849414
Email: reception@hirdandpartners.co.uk

Farm/Equine: 01422 354106 / 01422 849413
Email: info@hirdandpartners.co.uk

 

 

Shelf Equine Clinic

Lower Giles Hill Farm, Giles Hill Lane, Shelf, Halifax,
West Yorkshire, HX3 7TW

Tel: 01274 601534

Email: shelfequineclinic@hirdandpartners.co.uk

 

Small Animals

52 Oldham Road, Ripponden, West Yorkshire, HX6 4DP

Tel: 01422 823312     Fax: 01422 822732

 

Unit 2D, Walsden Industrial Estate, Rochdale Road, Walsden, West Yorkshire, OL14 6UD

Tel: 01706 810271     Fax: 01706 818841

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