Dental Competition Winner


Thank you for all of your entries to the dental competition to win £250 of advanced dental care. We loved reading all the stories about your horses dental experiences. We are pleased to announce the winner is Liesa Walker and her horse Louis, who is pictured below.
Liesa’s entry was as follows……
“X-rays revealed an abnormal swelling on 3 year old Louis’s face which failed to respond to antibiotics, it was an infection that had attacked the root of an upper molar. Sam expertly extracted Louis’s molar, gave him post operative care and now visits every 6 months to file the opposing tooth.”
We also gave two runner up prizes, of a free worm egg count, to Corrina Lilley with Syd and Bill North with Belle.

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Christmas Celebrations


Our hard working equine team enjoyed a night out at Wolverhampton racecourse for our Christmas Party recently.

Bets were placed, with some winnings! Everyone had a good time with plenty of food, drink and dancing.

Jonathan was the vet on duty at the races on the evening, and luckily had no horses needing attention.


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Client Evening Success


We recently had a very successful client evening, with Richard and Gil doing fantastic talks, and plenty of tea, coffee and biscuits served afterwards!

For anyone that couldn’t make the evening we have put a link below to Richard’s talks on our exciting new equine hospital and also his informative talk on wounds.





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Dental Competition

photo-4This September marked the 20th anniversary of Sam being involved in training, studying, performing, teaching and examining Equine Dentistry! To celebrate this milestone Pool House Equine Clinic are offering a lucky client the chance to win £250 worth of advanced dental care for their horse!

To have a chance of winning, submit a short testimonial and a photo on the dental care your horse, pony or donkey has received from Pool House Equine Clinic or why you believe dentistry is important for your horse, pony or donkey.

Your testimonial and photo may be used on the clinic,s new dental website ( and new associated social media streams, and by entering this competition you give permission for them to be used in this way. If you would like a chance of winning please submit a short (less than 50 words) testimonial and a single photo of your horse, pony or donkey to, titled ‘Dental Competition by the end of the year – 31/12/17. The lucky winner will be chosen at random and announced at the end of January 2018, so best of luck :-)


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An exciting development at Pool House Equine Clinic

Version 2Pool House Veterinary Group are delighted to announce that as of the 1st April 2017, Sam Luis Hole will become a full Partner of the Group. Sam joined the practice in 2009 and became an Associate Partner in 2013. He had previously worked in mixed practice with an equine bias in Fife, Scotland, and as an Equine Dental Technician (EDT) in the East of England before joining Pool House Equine Clinic. Sam is an RCVS & European Specialist in Equine Veterinary Dentistry, an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Equine Dentistry and Equine Practice. He is well known to most of our equine clients from his ambulatory role out on the road, and from running the extremely busy Dental services at our Crown Inn Clinic. 


Sam will continue to help push the equine practice forward in both his ambulatory role, but more particularly in running the dental service in the New Equine Hospital. Sam aspires to make the practice a nationally recognised centre of excellence for veterinary dentistry. Sam also hopes to push the groups eco and green credential’s forward, with the groups use of solar energy, planned rain water harvesting for the New Equine Hospital, and a continued push to recycle wherever possible. With the aim of reducing our impact on the environment around us and our pets, and to minimize our carbon foot-print as much as possible. Senior partner Richard Stephenson commented that, ‘it is very exciting to be able to welcome a new partner to our team, Sam brings particular strengths in the field of equine dentistry which enables us to offer a premier league equine dental service to our clients. Sam has been with us for eight years and we greatly value his contribution to the practice as a whole. ‘

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PENS treatment









Please find below a link to an information leaflet for PENS treatment for horses with trigeminal neuralgia.


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Planning Permission Granted!







We are excited to announce that planning permission has been granted for our new Equine Hospital and Equine Care Centre !

Work is starting imminently, and we hope to be up and running by this time next year.

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New Equine Clinic Plans


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Plans unveiled for a New Equine Hospital.
We are delighted to be able to announce that the practice has submitted a planning application to Lichfield District Council to build a new Equine Hospital and Equine Care Centre at our Crown Inn Farm site. The new facility will be sited on the current lorry park and will treble the available facilities to include:-
• Four new examination areas
• A second operating theatre with associated preparation room (specifically for sterile orthopaedic surgery) along with a dedicated ‘colic’ theatre.
• A third operating theatre for standing and dental surgery.
• Intensive care stabling
• A climate controlled pharmacy
• A client waiting area and meeting room
• Office space
• Lecture room and seminar facilities
• Overnight rest facilities for on call staff
• Toilets, laundry and wash room facilities
• On site laboratory

The aim is to continue to build Pool House Equine Clinic into a regional centre of excellence for equine Veterinary Care.
The computer generated images below give some indication of the scale of the project which we hope to complete within the next two years. We will be making regular updates during the build to keep everyone up to speed regarding this exciting development and we are all very excited about being able to offer this kind of equine hospital to our patients.

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New Pool House Equine Website

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New Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Service in the Midlands.

We are delighted to announce that Pool House Equine Clinic in partnership with Hallmarq UK  launched a the new MRI service called Midland’s Equine Referrals (MER) in March 2015 at Crown Inn Farm, Rykneld Street, Fradley, WS13 8RD.

The service will be supervised by European diplomat Jonathan Withers and the images will be interpreted by Dr Meredith Smith MA Vet MB PhD Cert ES Dip ECVS AECVDI MRCVS, acknowledged expert in MRI interpretation and consultant to the AHT & RVC in the field of Equine Diagnostic Imaging.


Why Equine MRI?

For lameness caused by a problem inside the foot only an MRI allows veterinary surgeons to clearly distinguish between lesions in the bone, ligaments or tendons. The treatment for each is different, so only with an accurate diagnosis can treatment be properly targeted. Better treatment gives a better outcome.

Standing MRI is also valuable for problems higher up the leg, and for monitoring the progress of recovery from injury. MRI can reveal stress fractures weeks before any damage would be visible on X-ray. Early diagnosis allows modifications to the training regime, potentially avoiding a catastrophic injury.

Why Standing MRI?

For a standing MRI, sedation will normally be sufficient to ensure no movement and good image quality.

While some vets argue that the higher magnetic field of a human-type scanner gives clearer images, comparison studies have shown the images captured of horses in the Hallmarq MRI to be of comparable diagnostic value.

Since the procedure is performed on a sedated standing patient, the well known concerns of General Anaesthetic are avoided.

Information for owners.

MRI is a non-invasive diagnostic technique that permits fine details of both bone and soft tissues structures within the foot (and other locations) to be visualised and assessed permitting very accurate diagnosis of problems. In turn this means that targeted treatment can be given and a more accurate prognosis at an early stage of the disease process. MRI can be performed on a sedated patient thus avoiding the need for general anaesthesia, however image acquisition is a relatively lengthy process and is usually preceded by radiography. For this reason MRI patients will need to be admitted for a day (overnight stabling will be provided at a reduced rate if required).  In most instances the results of the scan should be available within three working days and a detailed written report will be supplied. It is not possible to perform an MRI scan with any metallic material nearby, therefore it is an invariable rule that the horse’s shoes must be removed.

Information for referring vets.

Cases may be referred for imaging of a specified area up to the distal carpus and tarsus OR for a full diagnostic work up. Ongoing treatment will not usually be undertaken unless specifically requested by the referring practice.

The images will be read by Dr. Meredith Smith MRCVS and reported to you by MER via email copied to the client within three working days of the scan.

Referrals to MER can be made via telephone 01283 799700 (ask for MRI referral) or fax 01283 799707.

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