A HORSE hospital is marking its 25th anniversary with an open day event.
Ashbrook Equine Hospital in Knutsford, Cheshire, which is part of the independently owned Willows Veterinary Group, will play host to a range of horsey inspired activities for the whole family to enjoy on Saturday July 2 from 12-5 pm.
There will be pony hopper races, a rodeo horse, children’s face painting and a chance to see the hospital’s veterinary team including head vets Roger Dixon and Kerry Comb in the stocks.
Teams from the local fire brigade equine unit and World Horse Welfare charity, which both work closely with Ashbrook, will be on hand for visitors to meet, and they will be able to listen to equine talks and watch horse bandaging displays.
There will also be opportunities for visitors to enjoy a tour of the purpose-built hospital which is Cheshire’s only Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Approved Tier 3 Equine Hospital. This means the hospital is subject to rigorous inspection and has to meet the highest standards possible for equine hospitals.
Roger Dixon, who heads up the team at the horse hospital on Middlewich Road, Allostock, near Knutsford, said: “This is a great opportunity for people to come and see what Ashbrook is all about and the excellent expertise we can offer to horses and their owners.
“Marking our 25th anniversary is important because we are proud of the hospital’s longevity and commitment to providing the best possible care to the horses we look after.
“It’s a significant milestone in our history and we are looking forward to celebrating this important date in the hospital’s history with as many people as possible.”
The hospital has stabling for 16 horses including a separate isolation facility. It has a full surgical suite and a purpose built diagnostic suite where radiography and ultrasound are carried out.
There is also an in-house laboratory service, a designated reproductive area and a forge. A nurse is also on site at Ashbrook 24 hours a day to watch over the four-legged patients.
It is part of the independently- owned Willows Veterinary Group.
The group offers a wealth of knowledge and expertise through 24 small animal practices, a referral veterinary hospital, two equine centres and a five-office farm practice which are located across Cheshire and into the Wirral and Staffordshire. Willows is accredited by The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
For more information about the open day, go to www.ashbrookequinehospital.co.uk