Looking into purchasing a horse, sight unseen from a respected, trustworthy trainer in British Columbia. I was looking for any suggestions of a good vet to do a pre-purchase exam on the horse for us. Also, as anyone ever vetted one and not been present, and done okay with it?
We have lots of wonderful, ethical vets here. Patons, Kleider, Samper, and more here in the lower mainland. Were you looking down here or in the interior. It is usually better not to use the seller’s or agent’s vet, but in fact most vets can separate the two issues. Look them up on line.
The horse is located in Victoria, I was given the name of a Dr. Colin Scruton?
The horse is located in Victoria, I was given the name of a Dr. Colin Scruton?[/QUOTE]
Colin is phenominal. He is my backup vet while mine is on maternity leave. The down side is he is based out of Nanaimo, so getting him down to Victoria sucks a bit.
You can try contacting my vet, she is supposed to be back to work in the next week or so, but may be willing to do a PPE before her official return.
Dr. Melissa Eden, DVM
Eden Equine Veterinary Services
ph: (250) 580-7386
fax: (250) 477-5509
Victoria has a serious shortage of vets at the moment. Shaw recently sold his practice and the buyer closed the large animal portion, Tino is still recovering from his most recent round of cancer treatment, Melissa is on mat leave, and poor Danika is stuck dealing with her own clients AND Melissa’s (they trade off when each other is away) AND dealing with emergencies with any of Tino or Shaw’s clients.
If Melissa is still away, Colin is wonderful. Just expect a heftier call fee with him.
Good luck! Now you have me curious as to which horse/where the horse is. Haha
Colin elicits almost worshipful emotions from his clients!
I just used Colin for a pre-purchase on a horse in Victoria. He was recommended by our vet in the Seattle area, I think. I was happy with the service, and was very pleased that he actually had the pre-purchased videoed so that I could view it since I couldn’t be there in person.
To answer the second part, both of my last two horse purchases had PPEs and because they came from smaller remote areas, I had to use the sellers vet (only vet there!)
Both times I dealt directly with the vet clinic, specified exactly what I wanted looked at, under what circumstances to do additional x rays and at what point or cost I wanted them to stop. The vets also had my number handy and said they’d call mid appointment if anything came up.
Both times I got a personal phone call and a write up, and I was satisfied.
That being said, I wasn’t buying five figure horses or expecting them to be upper level prospects for anything.
If Colin can’t do it, then perhaps Dr. Bettina Bobsein could. She’s fabulous! She’s also near Nanaimo, though. Perhaps the seller could take the horse to a spot closer to Nanaimo so neither Colin nor Bettina have to travel quite so far?
Another one is Danielle Fritz out of Duncan area IF she’s back from mat. leave yet. I believe she also travels to Victoria fairly often and is much closer than either Colin or Bettina. She’s also an equine-specialty vet and works with Colin frequently.
Good luck with your new horse!!!
Veterinarian in Valemount British Columbia
I am considering purchasing a horse from Valemount British Columbia. Anybody know a veterinarian in the area for a pre-purchase? Thanks.
That is really remote…! I wouldn’t be surprised if the closest equine specialist is in Kamloops… maybe PM Normandy Shores? She’s in the interior…
welcome to the dark side…
We have lots of wonderful, ethical vets here. Patons, Kleider, Samper, and more here in the lower mainland. Were you looking down here or in the interior. It is usually better not to use the seller’s or agent’s vet, but in fact most vets can separate the two issues. Look them up on line.[/QUOTE]
I’ve used Klieder and would do again. He’s very thorough and competes himself so his opinion if the horse can do her/his intended job has weight, in my book.