The Sussex Equine Hospital was founded in 1951. It was formerly known as the Arundel Equine Hospital and it moved to Ashington, West Sussex, in July 2017. Currently there are 21 vets working there with a dedicated staff covering all aspects relating to equine surgery.
The practice is independently run and has built up an excellent reputation across Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire. Director Ed Lyall said, “We have invested a lot in the move but our directors and stakeholders felt it had to be done. Already it is proving to us that we made the right decision. Our aim is to provide excellence in veterinary practice made possible by vets that care passionately about their patients and provide a unique service tailored to each individual client’s needs.”
The practice decided to open its doors and hold its first open day, which was an outstanding success. Even the West Sussex Fire Service was in attendance with their horse lifting gear, which proved very popular with the children. It was a “walk around” event with vets and staff members present to show how each department works. A concerted effort had been made in providing dedicated imaging to show visitors how procedures are carried out in each area of the hospital.
Speaking to some of the visitors, there is no doubt that it has given them the opportunity to see just what goes on behind the scenes of an established equine practice. One even said that she was now looking at becoming a veterinary nurse when she leaves college, having met several nurses there and seeing the pictorial display on what is involved in their work.