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Ordering medication

Prescription only medication

Most of the drugs that you will order from the surgery will fall into this category and includes:

  • Antibiotics. e.g. Penicillin, Equitrim sachets
  • Anti-inflammatories. e.g. Phenylbutazone (bute), Finadyne 
  • Sedatives e.g. Sedalin
  • Antibiotic eye ointment

To obtain any drugs within this category, permission from your vet is a legal requirement. Therefore if you wish to order drugs, please contact one of the equine secretaries and allow sufficient time for them to get permission from your vet and process the drugs.

For horses with chronic conditions that have not been seen within the previous 6 months by your vet, re-examination may be necessary before drugs can be given. This again is a legal requirement, and although inconvenient is in the best interests of your horse. Drugs that are used over longer time periods can produce side effects that may initially be subtle at onset and require monitoring. Other drugs e.g. Pergolide should be monitored for their effectiveness by regular blood sampling.

To help mitigate the cost of regular re-examination, make use of our Free Visit Scheme


Written prescriptions are available on request. You may obtain prescription only medicines from your veterinary surgeon OR online pharmacy. There is a charge of £14.40 for a written prescription. The veterinary surgeon will only provide a prescription for horses directly under their care. A prescription may not be appropriate if the horse is an in-patient or the horse requires immediate treatment. The horse must be seen by a veterinary surgeon at least every 6 months for repeat medication to be obtained, but this will vary depending on the individual case. These will be an additional charge for a veterinary examination. Referral clients would need to obtain prescriptions from their own veterinary surgeon. 

Please note that the same legal requirements regarding prescription only medication apply to issuing a prescription (see details above).

Wormers and non prescription drugs

The Practice carries a reasonable stock of wormers, medicated shampoos and oral supplements (such as vitamins and joint "neutraceuticals") which we are happy to supply to clients. If you wish to obtain specific advice on any of these products please contact either your regular vet or look for information on the web.