Acupuncture For Horses


Call the surgery and take advantage today. 20% off the cost of a horse dental when done at the same time as a booster.



As of Tuesday 6th May 2014 we will be trialling Regional equine visits within a 5 mile radius of Blairgowrie. These visits will take place every 2 weeks on Tuesday afternoons and if successful with a good response will hopefully become a long term service. The regional equine visits will incur only a nominal visit charge. All other charges will remain the same. If you have any questions or would like to book a call out for your horse please call the Kirriemuir surgery on 01575 572643


Pre-Competition Checks


We have had several cases of Sycamore poisoning in the area, all of which were unfortunately fatal.

The toxin is found in the Sycamore seed or “helicopter” which when ingested in sufficient quantities causes signs similar to colic in the horse.

Symptoms include: Weakness / Lethargy Muscle trembling Abdominal pain Recumbency

The disease is called Atypical Myopathy (AM) and causes failure of the postural, respiratory and cardiac muscles. After ingestion the onset of signs is rapid.

If you suspect your horse to have eaten sycamore seeds please contact the vet ASAP, it is an EMERGENCY.

Ways you can reduce the risk: Clear as many sycamore seeds from the grazing ground as possible Fence sycamore trees and surrounding ground off from your horse Supply extra forage eg hay or haylage If possible graze horses away from sycamore trees

Autumn is the season we see the most outbreaks due to the fall of Sycamore seeds


We would like to wish a warm welcome to our latest recruit. Nienke Oostra has joined us as our new equine vet. Nienke is bringing to the practice years of experience in the equine field, she has worked all over the world with elite racers and pleasure horses including stints in Kentucky and Sydney. Nienke has set up a foal intensive care unit for one of the largest studs in the southern hemisphere, and she now joins us at Thrums to build and develop the equine care, services and facilities we can provide to all our clients.



We are pleased to announce that our brand new equine scanner has just been delivered, HURRAY HURRAY.

We are now able to offer advanced diagnostic imaging to our equine cases that previously would have required referral.

Nienke is very pleased with the new equipment and can't wait to get started using it to help the horses and ponies of Angus and Perthshire.


At Thrums Vet Group we treat all equines from childrens ponies to donkeys to show-jumping and eventing competition horses. We aim to provide a first class service to our clients and their horses, offering prompt, professional care and advice.

We visit clients all over Angus and Perthshire to carry out routine work such as vaccinations, dentistry, castrations, wound treatments and microchipping/passports. We do lameness, colic and reproductive examinations, and investigate and treat any other causes of illness in your pony. We have a portable x-ray machine with advanced digital processing which allows increadibly high levels of detail to be seen. We also have several portable ultrasound scanners which assists us in treating your pony.

At our Kirriemuir surgery we have a dedicated equine area that we use for routine work if owners would rather bring their horses in, or for more complex procedures that require more specialised facilities. We have a set of stocks which we can use for dentals and reproductive work in less co-operative or sedated horses. We are able to carry out certain operations such as castration or hernia repairs at the surgery, and we have an advanced video endoscope for looking internally up noses and throats. We have a large stable which is available for sick horses which require intensive veterinary care or hospitalisation for a longer period of time. We are also happy for horses who are in for routine work to be left with us for the day if it is more convenient for their owners.

Several of our nursing staff are horse owners and they very ably assist us with examinations and the care of the hospitalised horse. We also try to hold regular equine meetings at the surgery at which we invite another veterinary surgeon from private practice or a vet school who is very experienced in a certain field to give a talk. All clients are very welcome to attend these.

The following links are some general advice to help look after your pony or horse.

General Care How you can make a major contribution to your horse's longevity, happiness and quality of life...

Behaviour Good relationships between horses and their owners are based on good communication...

Aging Horse How to ensure that you both enjoy this stage in your horse's life...

Common Diseases Learning about the main diseases you need to be aware of when caring for your horse...

Diagnostic Techniques Learn more about the tools your vet may use to diagnose disease...

Vaccination For a long and healthy life your horse should be vaccinated against common equine diseases...

Surgery An overview of what to expect if your horse needs surgery...

Nutrition What you need to know about providing your horse with a high quality diet...

Dental Care With your help, your horse can have healthy teeth and gums throughout their lives...

Breeding An overview of breeding and caring for newborn foals...

Foot Conditions An overview of the main problems and signs to look for...

Lameness What you can do to keep your horse in an active and healthy condition...

Euthanasia Keeping horses brings the responsibility of not only ensuring quality of life but the responsibility of a humane death as well...