Two Stage Vetting (Pre-Purchase Examination)
Should you decide that you only require a 2 stage vetting, please be aware of the limitations. We will require you to read, sign and return the limited PPE request form before we are able to carry out the examination. Please download it here.
Stage 1: Preliminary examination
This is a thorough external examination of the animal at rest using visual observation,
palpation and manipulation to detect clinically apparent signs of injury, disease or
physical abnormality. It includes an examination of the incisor teeth, a thorough
examination of the horse’s eyes in a darkened area and auscultation of the horse’s
heart and lungs at rest. Examination of the eyes does not include dilating the pupil but
should include examination of internal and external structures.The examination does not include examination of the inside of the prepuce (sheath), a detailed mouth examination with a speculum, a height measurement or any examination for pregnancy.
Stage 2: Walk and trot, in hand
The animal is walked and then trotted in hand to detect abnormalities of gait and action.
Ideally this is carried out on firm, level ground. The horse is turned sharply each way
and is backed for a few paces. Flexion tests of all four limbs and trotting in a circle on a
firm surface may be carried out if the examining veterinary surgeon considers it safe
and appropriate to do so.
Blood Sample: A blood sample will be taken for storage (usually for 6 months) for possible future analysis to detect substances present in the horse’s system at the time of the examination that might have masked any factors affecting the horse’s suitability for the purchaser’s intended use.