Equine vet based at Moorcroft

A NEW Equine Veterinary practice is now based at Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre, Huntingrove Stud. Slinfold, where manager Mary Henley-Smith oversees the retraining of ex-racehorse so they can go on to a future outside racing.

Rory O’ Shea MRCVS has become the centre’s dedicated vet and now runs his practice out of the centre.  After qualifying as a vet, Rory specialised in Equine and along the way has been mentored by some of the very best equine vets in Europe.

Rory O' Shea

Rory O’ Shea

He explained: “To me qualifying was important, but seeing practice and working with the very best in the UK, Ireland, France, and Belgium has been essential. I am most fortunate to have been asked to become the dedicated vet for Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre because it has always been a pleasure to assist with the veterinary aspects of the retraining  and rehoming programme there.

“Mary is hugely experienced and a true professional and the achievements at Moorcroft are a testimony to that. Moorcroft operates professionally, efficiently and calmly and has developed Moorcroft into a centre of excellence. Having our practice based on site will enable that concept to be developed even further and for us it will be a symbiotic relationship. We have already begun a series of informative lectures/demonstrations which have been well received, and these will continue,” he said.

Rory examining an ex-racehorse

Rory examining an ex-racehorse

Rory added: ” The tranquil horse friendly environment at Moorcroft is exactly that which we were looking for. The facilties, to us, are second to none. We are now neither daylight nor weather dependent, so in addition to our fully equipped ambulatory service, we can offer our clients excellent facilities which include a central location near to Slinfold/Horsham, easy access and ample parking by appointment on a 24/7 basis.

“We see a very big future in regenerative medicine ( AVS, PRP, BMAC and Stem Cells) and we provide this service both on site and also in an ambulatory capacity as the service can be run as a mobile laboratory from my fully equipped practice 4×4 to our clients.”

He is surrounded by horses 24/7 for outside his work he competes on showjumpers owned by himself and his girlfriend, and has competed up to and including Grand Prix with his own home-produced sporthorses.

Rory competing on one of his own horses

Rory competing on one of his own horses

A winter series of lectures at Moorcroft is being held in the new indoor heated lecture facilities, which were provided through a grant by the Racing Foundation.

Rory has made a significant contribution to these during winter months, covering a variety of topics to help horse owners, sometimes in conjunction with other experts, which have been well-received. In the December lecture he worked with farrier Grant Lichtenburg  to cover a range of foot and shoeing topics, with both of them giving practical demonstrations and slow motion videography.

The next lecture is on Equine Backs and is to take place on January 9.Tickets are £10 per seat. Book your place by text, phone or email to: 07929 666408 or moorcroftracehorse@gmail.com

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Rory’s Moorcroft veterinary practice can be contacted on 07547 361011

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