Vets at the Bushy Equine Vets clinic and the Willesley Equine Clinic in Gloucestershire say the recent merger of the two practises will benefit horse owners in the south west.

Director Richard Hepburn said: “By merging we are able to afford the most complete equine hospital in the south west, with MRI, CT, scintigraphy, orthopaedic and colic theatres, adult and neonatal ICU suites, full onsite laboratory and separate isolation facilities.”

Both practices are well established in their communities. Willesley was founded 15 years ago and Bushy, started over 23 years ago by vet Ian Camm — a former president of the British Equine Veterinary Association.

A new hospital, due for completion in 2010, will be based at Breadstone, Gloucestershire, near the M4/M5 intersection.

The existing four sites in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and South Wales will operate till then, with over 20 vets.

Mr Hepburn said: “We believe that with ongoing advances in equine veterinary science there is a continual need to provide even better facilities and equipment.”

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