Scottish National Equestrian Centre
   
Scottish National Equestrian Centre  
Oatridge, Ecclesmachan  
West lothian, EH52 6NH  
   
Tel: 01506 865714  
Fax: 01506 865716  
info@snec.co.uk  
Patron: HRH The Duchess of Rothesay
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Please note that there will be no Wednesday night schooling Evening until after the Highland Show

Back again Wednesday 29th June

 

 

 

 

 

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 Dick Vet

ROYAL (DICK) SCHOOL OF VETERINARY STUDIES

                                                                The University of Edinburgh
Dick Vet Equine Practice
                                                Easter Bush Campus
                                                Midlothian
                                                EH25 9RG

                                   Telephone  0131 650 6253

                                                Fax  0131 650 8824

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Accounts  0131 650 7566
After Hours  01223 849 835

21/06/16

To Whom It May Concern

Re: SRUC Oatridge campus, Ecclesmachen, West Lothian

One horse which resides on the above premises has developed an enlarged lymph node and tested positive on a blood sample for antibodies to Streptococcus equi, the bacterium which causes strangles in horses.  No other horses have developed clinical signs, but a small number have also had blood samples taken which show low levels of antibodies to the bacterium.

Note that no horses have tested positive for the actual presence of the bacterium; they only show previous exposure so may not actually pose a risk of infecting others.

As a precaution, for the benefit of all other horses, the following measures have been taken:

-       Isolation of horses which have tested positive for antibodies

-       Turnout to paddocks of all of the other horses, to prevent contact with visiting horses.  The exceptions are four horses which must be stabled for unrelated reasons in a designated area

-       Disinfection of the stabling, car park, equipment and indoor arenas that the positive horses may have been in contact with

The outdoor showjumping field and warm up paddock are not considered at risk of harbouring infection. 

Note also that the bacteria can only be passed between horses by direct (horse to horse) or indirect (via a person, piece of equipment or environment) contact.  It cannot be transmitted more than a few metres in the air.  It is not known exactly how long the bacteria can survive in the environment, but one study suggested up to a fortnight in ideal conditions.

These measures have been taken to prevent the already very slim chance of other horses being exposed to the bacterium.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact Shirley Melling at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Yours faithfully,

Louise H Cornish BVMS Cert EP MRCVS

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The Scottish National Equestrian Centre is the state of the art venue for all your equestrian sports and activities. Situated in rural West Lothian the centre is just 15 minutes from Edinburgh Airport and has excellent access to both the M8 & M9 motorways, thereby ensuring that access to the centre is easy for competitors and spectators from the United Kingdom and other European countries alike.

The centre boasts some fantastic facilities, including an international arena with viewing area, warm up arena and outdoor grass arena.

The Scottish National Equestrian Centre is ‘the’ venue for all equestrian and rural events in Scotland and we hope to see you soon.

 
 
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