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Prior to breeding from your mare it advisable to have a breeding suitability assessment performed.  If you mare is going to stud you should ensure you know they entry require well in advance. Many studs require certification to prove the mare is free from CEM (Contagious Equine Metritis); EVA (Equine Viral Arteritis); EIA (Equine Infectious Anaemia) and even strangles (S.equi).  You should check what requirements are needed well in advance of her going to stud to allow time for the sample to be taken and tested.

Testing is very straightforward and involves taking a clitoral swab (CEM) and a blood sample (EVA, EIA and Strangles).  We recommend that your mare has a full clinical and ultrasonographic assessment of the reproductive tract (vulva, vestibule, cervix, uterus and ovaries) prior to the start of breeding.  This can be done at the same time as the swab and/or blood sample. This identifies potential problems, confirms the mare is cycling and at which stage of the cycle she is in.  This is especially important if your mare needs to be taken to stud to be covered, but does not demonstrate overt oestrus behaviour, so is difficult to determine when she is in season.

We provide a comprehensive service to investigate susceptible mare (those which may have had previous reproductive problems) or barren mares (those which failed to conceive). Additional techniques that may be used in these cases include endometrial swabs and biopsies and endoscopy of the uterine tract (videohysteroscopy).

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Lingfield Equine Vets is situated in the beautiful Surrey Hills area. We are located just north of Felbridge on the A22 with easy access for all equine transport vehicles.

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Lingfield Equine Vets
Chester Lodge, Woodcock Hill,
Felbridge, Surrey,
RH19 2RD
(01342) 300008