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 Hospital, 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 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.
The Shelf Equine Hospital 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.
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.
All of our large animal team are experienced in dealing with equine dentistry. Our ambulatory practice offers a routine dental service to clients.
Our Shelf Equine Hospital houses our standing MRI scanner; we are one of only a handful of practices in the UK to have such a facility.
Our equine Hospital has a sophisticated ultrasound scanner which is a particularly useful imaging method for assessing tendons, ligaments and other soft tissue structures.
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.
Lameness investigations are carried out at our equine hospital; 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.
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.
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.
Our Equine hospital has a gastroscope to aid our understanding and diagnosis of diseases affecting the equine oesophagus and stomach.
Shelf Equine Hospital 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.
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.
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.
Osteokine has been shown to accelerate healing in injuries involving fibrous tissues (tendons, ligaments, skin) and has also been used in bone healing.
Our hospitalisation facilities includes a total of 17 boxes, including three stables used for patients requiring intensive monitoring and fluid therapy.
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.
Meet the team
Meet our friendly equine staff who help deliver outstanding care.
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NEW LOCAL VISIT CHARGE
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.
Contact us at Shelf Equine Hospital
"I can never, ever thank your team enough for saving my girl! Amazing team, I am forever grateful!!!"
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Small Animals King Street Practice
2 King Street, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1SR
Small animal: 01422 354999 / 01422 849414
Farm/Equine: 01422 354106 / 01422 849413
Shelf Equine Hospital
Lower Giles Hill Farm, Giles Hill Lane, Shelf, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX3 7TW
Tel: 01274 601534 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Sheffield Equine Clinic
Howarth Lane, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S60 4NB
Tel: 01709 911900
Hird and Partners LLP - Cheshire
Chowley 7, Chowley Oak Business Park, Chowley Oak Lane, TATTENHALL, Cheshire, CH3 9GA
Tel: 01829 708222