Refer a horse

Refer a horse

The Weipers Centre Equine Hospital is a referral only hospital.

This means that your horse will be referred here by your own veterinary surgeon.

Information for vets

The Weipers Centre Equine Hospital welcomes referrals of all types of equine cases, both medical and surgical, and has considerable expertise in all fields of equine studies.

Make an appointment for referral of a horse

  • online referral form.
  • email us at equine@vet.gla.ac.uk
  • fax us your requirements using this downloadable referral form  to 0141 330 6025

We will then arrange an appointment, and contact you so that you can provide the client with the details of the appointment. Please provide us with the contact telephone number for the client in case we need to contact them prior to their appointment.

Emergencies

  • Call 0141 330 5999. 
  • If for any reason you are unable to contact us on the above number, please use the emergency pager number 07699764409 
  • We are open 24 hours a day 365 days per year.

Enquiries

  • Should you have an enquiry regarding one of your cases and need to speak to one of our clinicians, please phone 0141 330 5999. Should the clinician not be available at that time the clinician will contact you later in the day. Should you have a general enquiry regarding a case a clinician will speak to you as soon as possible.

Case Management

  • During examination and treatment of horses the veterinarians involved will be responsible for decisions made regarding case management. After referral of a horse, you will be kept informed of case management and outcomes. When a horse is discharged, it is returned to your care and any ongoing treatment and reassessment will be planned in consultation. At the time of discharge a case report will be sent together with a full written report by mail.

Information for owners

The Weipers Centre Equine Hospital is a referral centre.

  • Your vet will contact us directly to arrange an appointment for your horse.
  • We will then contact your veterinarian who will inform you of the details of the appointment.

What should I bring with me?

  • Passport
    It is a legal requirement that all horses in Scotland, England and Wales have a passport issued by an authorised passport issuing organization and the declaration of whether the horse is intended for human consumption is completed. Please remember to bring your horse's passport to your appointment and present it to the veterinarian attending to your horse.
  • Insurance documents
    If your horse is insured, please notify your insurance company, check the wording of your horse’s policy and bring the necessary documentation to your appointment.

What can I expect?

  • Your vet will have referred your horse to a service within the Centre, such as internal medicine, orthopaedics or soft tissue surgery. Each service is run by one or more senior clinicians and residents. Veterinary students may take a history under supervision. Very often final year veterinary students will be present during the consultation. During the consultation a detailed history of your horse's illness will be taken, and then your horse will be examined.

Discussion of tests and treatments required

  • The veterinary team examining your horse will determine what tests and treatment your horse requires, and will discuss these requirements with you. 
  • An estimate of the cost of treatment will be discussed with you and you will be asked to sign for the tests and/or treatment recommended. 
  • Please feel free during the consultation to ask any questions that you may have.

Who will look after my horse?

  • Your horse may be hospitalised to facilitate diagnostic investigations and treatment involving a team of veterinary surgeons, nurses, grooms, students and reception staff.  The Weipers Centre has some of the best qualified equine specialists in Scotland, with particular interests in medical, orthopaedic or soft tissue surgical problems.

How will I find out what is happening?

  • Keeping you well informed about what is happening to your horse is a very important to us. We will do this through the initial consultation and when you visit your horse should it be hospitalised.  We will do our best to be available to meet with you or to speak to you but clinical work is unpredictable, and there may sometimes be a delay before we can make contact.

Written briefing

  • Your horse will return home with an initial report that outlines the problem and the treatment. The initial report will also be sent to your veterinary surgeon, who we will have already telephoned to update, to ensure the appropriate type of veterinary care can continue to be provided at home.

Formal report

  • Finally, a formal report will be written and sent to your veterinary surgeon. You are welcome to receive a copy of this report either from your veterinary surgeon, or directly from us.

Follow-up

  • We think that one of the most important aspects of treatment is the follow up. We want clients to keep us up to date short and long term.

The regulations relating to veterinary medicines are available in the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Guide to Professional Conduct which is available on the RCVS website (www.rcvs.org.uk)