Dental offer throughout February 2018

Book your horse or pony in for a dental this February and get a veterinary-standard examination, rasp with power tools and sedation with a lovely 10 per cent discount.
To make an appointment, call our friendly team on 0191 603 1122. more...>

Christmas Opening Hours

We are here for your horse all year round. If you do have an emergency over the festive season, contact the office on 0191 603 1122. more...>

Christmas competition!

It's competition time!

Want a snazzy rug and saddlecloth like our DEP mascot Max? Visit our facebook page and enter for your chance to win. more...>

Leti's lameness article published in Your Horse!

We are SO proud of our fantastic vet Leti, who has had her article about diagnosing lameness published in ONLY A NATIONAL MAGAZINE! And as long-time readers of Your Horse, we could not be more chuffed that her words and wisdom are now on its pages. The magazine is on shelves until October 4 (or until we've managed to scoop up all copies in the North East for our hall of fame) Thank you Your Horse more...>


**There has been a confirmed case of Equine Influenza in the Northumberland area**

It is highly contagious and symptoms include coughing, nasal discharge, raised temperature, depression and poor appetite.

Please ensure your horses vaccinations are up to date and maintain good biosecurity practice.

Please find further information via our factsheets.

If yo more...>

From broken to Blenheim

Moody mare or grumpy gelding? Struggling to gain weight? Recurrent episodes of colic? These are just some of the symptoms noted from horses diagnosed with gastric ulcer syndrome.

Earlier this year, we started to treat the lovely Boomerang after her owner called the practice concerned about her recent behaviour. Read their story below:

From broken to Blenheim!
How one pl more...>

Gastroscopy Campaign - one week FREE treatment

Durham Equine Practice have been involved in this XL vet campaign and we are delighted to be able to offer clients, a FREE box of peptizole (usually 1 week worth of treatment) if their horse is scoped by us and is diagnosed with gastric ulcers.

Keep an eye on our facebook page & website for further information, blogs and success stories!

Offer available until the end of Augus more...>

Changes to our visit fees

As many of you know, we joined with Simply Horses in June 2016 and have honoured their visit fee structure for 12 months to allow clients to adjust.

But now the time has come to make things fair across the board for all our clients.

From Tuesday, August 1 2017 there will now be two price options depending on proximity to the practice.

For yards within a 20 mile ra more...>

Discounted ACTH testing

Are you concerned that your horse may have Cushing's disease? Have you noticed a hairy coat, weight loss, lethargy, increased urination and appetite? Throughout the summer we run a discounted service to test for Cushing's disease, so you can have the peace of mind of a clear answer. If your horse is diagnosed, we can provide you with all the support you need to treat him correctly. To find out mor more...>

Win and Ragwort Fork with Durham Equine and The Feed Warehouse!

Staying vigilant for poisonous plants is an important all year round job but summer is notorious for the invasion of ragwort.

Ragwort can damage your horse's liver and must be dug up and removed from paddocks.

Fear not, as we've teamed up with The Feed Warehouse to give away a terrific ragwort fork, guaranteed to make light work of an essential chore.

The Feed War more...>

Something to smile about..

We were really chuffed that so many clients took advantage of our 10 per cent discounted dentals in January and February. A dental carried out by a qualified vet can flag up health issues at an early stage, help your horse eat in comfort and digest his food correctly, and carry out his ridden work pain-free. For more great offers, watch this space: and to see what clients think of our dentals, vis more...>

New or recently graduated equine vet required

ARE you a newly or recently graduated vet, keen to hit the ground running?

We are searching for an individual with exceptional people skills to join our growing equine practice in Durham.

We are an established, independent XL vet member team, priding ourselves on a high quality, personal service for our clients and their horses.

The right candidate will have a genu more...>

**Dental offer throughout January and February**

Throughout January and February, we are offering 10% discount of all routine dental examinations.

To book your appointment, please contact the office on 0191 603 1122. more...>

Merry Christmas from the Durham Equine Practice team

The Durham Equine Practice team wish you all a very merry Christmas.

Leti is your vet on call over the festive period. If you do require a vet, please call the usual number on 0191 603 1122. more...>

Durham Equine Practice Annual Worming Package

Do you know about our annual worming package?

Durham Equine Practice are delighted to offer our clients an annual worming package which can be purchased at any point throughout the year.

This includes:
1)4 x worm egg counts to be submitted at regular intervals over the grazing period
2)Free of charge worm egg counts for those requiring a faecal egg count reductio more...>

Spectacular Christmas Competition from DEP

We are delighted to be giving away three amazing prizes to one lucky winner.
This is primarily a Facebook competition, however, if you do not have access to Facebook please email your best winter picture to

For you chance to win, search Facebook for 'Durham Equine', comment and share the post!

1st prize is FREE membership to our annual gold hea more...>

Evening with David Rendle & Simple Systems a huge success

On Monday 14th November, the DEP team gathered at Houghall college along with 78 others for an evening with Charles Hugh from Simple systems and David Rendle from Rainbow Equine Hospital.

The evening was a huge success and our charity raffle raised slightly short of £160.00 for The Great North Air Ambulance.

Thank you to everyone that attended and the positive feedback prov more...>

Be careful this November

Bonfire night is nearly here and we all want to keep our horses safe. Follow our advice sheet on Facebook -

Further useful information can be found here: more...>

An evening with David Rendle & Simple Systems LTD

Durham Equine Practice have teamed up with The Feed Warehouse and are delighted to welcome David Rendle BVSc MVM CertEM(IntMed) DipECEIM MRCVS RCVS and European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine to discuss the very latest in worm control.

After David's talk on worming and gut health, Charles Hugh from Simple Systems LTD will be talking about feeding our horses the best, most natura more...>

Help needed from all horse, pony and donkey owners!


The Animal Health Trust, Royal Veterinary College and University of Nottingham are collaborating to undertake exciting new research into the control of infectious disease. All information you provide by completing this brand new survey will be vital for the development of effective recommendatio more...>

Join in with our Olympic fever!

Want to be a gold winner like Charlotte and Valegro?

For your chance to win a £50.00, £30.00 or £20.00 voucher to spend at the practice search for our facebook page 'Durham Equine Practice'.

All you have to do is find our competition - like, share and post your favourite horsey picture!

Closing date is 09.09.16. Winners will be announced shortly afterwards. Good more...>

Help Jo raise money for Willberry Wonder Pony #kickingcancersbutt

Our Client, Jo Pinkney, is raising money for Willberry Wonder Pony.

In September, the day after the Riding club National Championships she will be running the Great North Run.
She has chosen to support the memory of Hannah Francis and The Willberry Wonder pony Fund..

Hannah was only 17 years old when on May 1st she was diagnosed with an aggressive bone cancer in her pel more...>

An evening of First Aid

Thank you to everyone who attended the first aid evening at Houghall College. The evening was a great success with over 100 people attending. A great raffle with some fantastic prizes kindly donated raised £233.00 for The Great North Air Ambulance. Keep a look out for our next client evening to be announced soon.. more...>

A meet the team & first aid client evening

To celebrate Durham Equine Practice & Simply Horses working as one collaborative practice, we are holding a FREE equine first aid client evening on Thursday 21 July at Houghall College in Durham (DH1 3SG) . Doors open at 6.00pm for refreshments and talks start at 7.00pm sharp.

It will be a great chance to brush up on knowledge, meet the team and discuss any queries you have.


Vaccination Amnesty

Is your horse over one years old? Have their vaccinations lapsed or have they never been vaccinated?

Throughout 2016 we have a great, money saving vaccination offer. It is an all inclusive price of £75.00 which pays for all 3 of the primary flu/tet course. This usually costs over £100!

Call out fee applies but remember - if we see three or more horses at the same yard and at more...>

An exciting announcement for Durham Equine Practice

We are delighted to announce that we are joining forces with Simply Horses. Many of you will be aware that over the past six years we have shared out of hours cover, equipment and the occasional staff member. With our close working relationship being so successful, we have decided to come together and work as one collaborative practice moving forward.

From 25 June 2016, both practices w more...>

Help Gail Chapman with her research!

Many of you will have met Gail Chapman MRCVS who used to work for us. She is now doing a PhD at Liverpool Vet School and would like as many horse owners to take part in her survey as possible! It's really important research she is doing, so if you can spare 5 minutes we would be very grateful!

Follow the link below or find it on our Facebook page.

https://www.surveymonkey.c more...>

FREE ACTH Laboratory Testing!

Worried your horse could have Cushing's disease?

Horses/ponies can be tested for PPID through the national initiative “Talk About Laminitis” which provides free laboratory fees for the basal ACTH test.

For further information visit this page:


Star patient of the month! A case of Equine gastric ulcer syndrome

Did you know 80-90% of racehorses, 60% of competition horses & 50% of leisure horses have gastric ulcers?

Shaun contacted the practice at the end of March worried about his horse, Ricky. He reported that his behaviour had rapidly changed, he disliked being tacked up & was refusing jumps which is very out of character. Clinical signs of stomach ulceration can be vague and can often be mi more...>

Say hello to Paddy..

This week Nicola & Beth have been to visit Paddy – a massive (but very handsome) 1600kg bull. Paddy has been very uncomfortable across his back & quarters so his owners contacted us about acupuncture. Paddy was very well behaved & stood quietly throughout the treatment. He responded well & we will be seeing him again in a couple of weeks time for his second session. Watch out for further updates. more...>

An Evening with Durham Equine Practice & Dengie

At the beginning of March 2016, we teamed up with Dengie at Houghall College in Durham to cover two important topics - Laminitis and Cushings disease.

The evening attracted over 60 guests with some great feedback. Thank you to everyone who supported this event. We raised just short of £100.00 for The Great North Air Ambulance.

If you have any suggestions for future events, more...>

Vaccination Amnesty running throughout March and April 2016

Over the past two months, we have been running a flu and tetanus vaccination amnesty for our clients. We are pleased to announce that 36 horses are back on track with their vaccinations- some horses we attended had lapsed and others had never been vaccinated. If you would like further information on your horses vaccinations, please contact the office on 0191 603 1122. more...>

Our Charity of 2016

We are proud to announce that our chosen charity for 2016 is The Great North Air Ambulance.
The air ambulance activates primarily for life-threatening incidents. This can include injuries that may in isolation seem relatively insignificant; a broken leg for instance. However, sometimes these injuries are sustained in a location totally inaccessible by road (unfortunately, this is the case fo more...>

Welcome and Congratulations to Leticia

Leti has worked for Durham Equine Practice since January – and many of you will have met her already. Shortly after arriving, Leti found out she had passed her Graduate Certificate in Equine Sports Medicine. What an acheivement! To celebrate, the Durham Equine Practice team hit Durham for dinner and champagne. Congratulations Leti. more...>