Most Outstanding Veterinary Service 2019 – London

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To mark the end of a successful year, County Canine has been awarded the Lux Life Most Outstanding Veterinary Service 2019 – London! The award highlights the innovative approach to veterinary care that the company has and the experience both dogs and their owners have in utilising the service. Still in its early years, the response to the service which combines the knowledge of traditional medicine alongside additional therapies of chiropractic, acupuncture, physio and laser therapy has been fantastic. No other service provides this combined approach in London and we are grateful for this recognition! What a great start to 2019!

A fantastic afternoon courtesy of the Sir Peter O’Sullevan Trust and the Brooke Equine

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Representing the Brooke Equine charity at the beautiful Dorchester Hotel in London was exactly what was needed after returning to the UK in horrid and cold weather! Dr Marvin Firth was able to see the work of the Sir Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust including meeting beneficiaries including Ebony Horse Club in Brixton who work to transform young lives through horses. Dr Firth is hoping to assist the charity and students at the centre by providing assessments of the horses and developing ideas to enable students to develop careers in the equine industry. After a delicious lunch, Dr Firth was able to enjoy the guest speaker, Sir Michael Parkinson and meet with famous faces such as Jeremy Hackett and Dame Judi Dench. A day to remember!

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Last Spanish Clinic of 2018

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This last week has seen Dr Marvin J.Firth complete the final clinic in the South of Spain looking at a mixture of pleasure horses, Showjumpers, dressage and event horses. The clinics have included checks to the horses in preparation for the winter, with usual chiropractic, acupuncture and laser therapy where needed. All horses and clients have done so well this season and are looking at having a little downtime over the festive period. The highlights of this trip included consultations with Spanish Olympic Dressage rider, Juan Manuel Muñoz Díaz and treating the amazing 4 year old showjumper Impact (owned by Ali Batchelor).

Best New Veterinary Practice in the UK

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County Equine and County Canine, a veterinary practice based in London, was named the Best New Veterinary Practice in the United Kingdom after having won the National Veterinary Awards. This category celebrated practices that opened less than 5 years ago, recognising the challenges of opening a new business and establishing a loyal clientele. County Equine/County Canine was chosen among 6 finalists from all around the UK and received the largest number of votes from the public.

‘I am absolutely thrilled to have been made the winner in this category. To have been recognised for the innovation and hard work to develop a practice combining traditional veterinary medicine and values alongside additional therapies to improve the overall performance and quality of life of the animals I see is just the icing on the cake! It’s been a steep learning curve but it has been worth it’, said celebrated veterinary surgeon, Dr Marvin Firth MRCVS. The practice covers the South of England, London and Europe looking at both horses and dogs. Other than Dr Firth’s extensive veterinary medical knowledge, the practice also offers unique treatments such as chiropractic, acupuncture, physio and laser therapy to assist animals that compete in professional sports or even those with aches and pains, helping dogs and horses that are getting older or are recovering from surgery.

The National Vet awards invited veterinary professionals and practices from the entire country to submit their entries. A panel of judges selected 70 finalists and winners were decided based on a public vote. The competition received over 7800 votes with winners in 10 different categories.

Details of County Equine and County Canine can be found at countyequine,.co.uk

IVCA Congress 2018, Dublin

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As part of continual training and to maintain his International status, Dr Marvin Firth attended the 2018 International Veterinary Chiropractic Association congress in Dublin. This included a wide range of talks including developments in sports medicine and the application of chiropractic into the horse assessment. Whilst there, Dr Firth managed to spend a few hours at the beautiful Trinity College. Next year the congress will be held in Hamburg!

County Equine teams up with the Equine Rebalance Centre, Wellington Riding, Hampshire

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The end of October saw the inaugural collaboration with the Equine Rebalance Centre in Hampshire where performance consultations were performed on a variety of horses and ponies. Here, Dr Marvin Firth MRCVS FEI PT veterinarian worked with owners to address concerns relating to their animal’s performance in dressage, showjumping and eventing. Reviewing medical histories, static and dynamic assessments with recommendations for further investigation and treatment as well as chiropractic, acupuncture and class IV laser were all offered. We had some really interesting cases and interaction with Scott Dunn Equine Veterinary Surgeons and reports from clients have been excellent following the consultations. Dr Firth comments, ‘I feel really lucky to be working here at the Equine Rebalance Therapy centre where we have access to the water treadmill (will incline) and cold water spa. This opens up options in the rehabilitation and performance development of the horses I will be examining. Having additional therapies such as Bowen (delivered by Rachael Corry) also will complement what I can offer those equines through the regular clinics. I am excited to see what we can achieve!’

The next clinic is on 20th November 2018 and already appears to be fully booked. The clinics will be approx every 4 weeks and can be booked via the online booking form at County Equine Individual consultations and yard visits in the Hampshire area will also be available.

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Race the Wild Coast, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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Dr Marvin J.Firth was thrilled to be asked to be an attending veterinary surgeon in one of the world’s toughest endurance races. Running the eastern cape of South Africa, competitors from throughout the world endured difficult terrain, 32 water crossings and variable weather. It was a fantastic experience for Dr Firth to treat such athletic animals which were a deviation from the showjumping, dressage and event horses that County Equine usually examines.

A particular highlight was working with Alex Embiricos from the UK as Team Timekeeper and Travis the helicopter pilot who flew the team along the costs for the race! A once in a lifetime opportunity observing whales and dolphins from the air as well as the horses and riders.

All horses returned well at the end of the race, however a few riders didn’t come away unscathed! The icing on the cake was a first and second placing for English riders, Rosie Riall and Anna Boden! Well done!!

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A Downton afternoon…

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It was a privilege for Dr Marvin Firth MRCVS to be invited to Highclere Stud as a guest of the Brooke Equine charity. Here, Dr Firth was able to see true performance in the production of young racehorses shown by the very capable staff of Highclere (home to Downton Abbey). Whilst at the lunch, Dr Firth was able to meet and discuss horses with the Olympian cyclist turned rider, Victoria Pendleton. A beautiful day, beautiful horses and lunch! Thank you to all involved!

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County Equine and County Canine finalist in the National Veterinary Awards!

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We are thrilled to announce that we are in the final 6 in the New Veterinary practice award (to have started in the last 5 years) in the National Veterinary Awards! We have reached this stage after a panel have selected the company for its service delivery, clinical outcome and innovation. The next stage is a public vote!! To vote for us and your favourite vets and practices please visit the National Vet Awards website.

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End of Summer Spanish Clinic

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The start of September saw another trip to the South of Spain where Dr Marvin Firth MRCVS examined horses belonging to a number of new and pre-existing clients from the UK, Spain, Sweden, Norway and Holland. A mixture of dressage and showjumping issues including sensitivity in the back, sacroiliac joint, hock pathology and tendon and ligament injury all were encountered and recommendations and defined plans of action made between riders and trainers. A great, effective clinic with fantastic weather!

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Saddle fitting collaboration

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Dr Marvin Firth MRCVS is excited to be able to collaborate with the fantastic master saddle fitting consultant and equine ergonomist specialist, Roselle Burrows. Dr Firth comments ‘It is all to common that ill fitting saddles evoke back pain in my patients. Having the option to refer clients to such a talented and interested individual such as Rose is a fantastic resource for us at County Equine and the horses we see.’ As Rose is already becoming so busy with referrals, horses in the Devon and East Cornwall area can only be covered by Rose. Not to fear though, we have Trilby Morgan who is also a master saddle fitter consultant with interests in rider biomechanics also available in mid to West Cornwall. Between them we aim to have consistent individual saddle fitters who can assist with our saddle related issues. For further details please check out South Coast Saddlery

Vet Festival 2018

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It was a day of learning at the 2018 Vet Festival hosted by Prof Noel Fitzpatrick. Here, Dr Marvin Firth MRCVS kept up to date with the latest in orthopaedic surgery, neurology problems in the dog and rehabilitation. These events and continuing professional development allow Dr Firth to provide the very latest in modern medicine to the horses, dogs and clients seen on a daily basis.

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