Paton and Lee are passionate about your horse's health. We provide first class veterinary care to horses, ponies and donkeys throughout Essex and Suffolk.
- Jonathan Lee BVSc MRCVS - (Director) "Horses were a huge part of my life as a child. I was in the Essex North Pony Club and competed in the Prince Philip Cup, winning the prestigious Calvert Cup. My passion for horses led to a degree in veterinary medicine at the University of Liverpool. After graduating with honours my first job was in a mixed practice in Northamptonshire, but I soon returned to Essex to work for Iain Paton in 1992. I became a partner in 1996, forming 'Paton & Lee'. My main clinical interests are Anaesthesia and Radiography, and I now provide an Equine Veterinary Acupuncture service too. My wife, Claire, runs a busy livery yard and is passionate about dressage. I have two grown up children, Thomas and Victoria, and Victoria is following in my footsteps, studying for her veterinary degree at the University of Surrey. When I'm not fixing horses, I'm usually found fixing old cars as a keen classic car enthusiast." Jonathan has been nominated many times for the Petplan Equine Vet of the Year Awards and was nominated again in 2016. "I want to say a HUGE thank you to Jonathan and everyone at Paton and Lee for fixing Goldie! It's been 11 weeks yesterday since her accident and suspected fracture. We are now out and about riding again!!! THANK YOU." - From Jane Sheppard via our page. - Tony Lock BVetMed MRCVS - (Director) "I grew up on a farm in Suffolk and learnt to ride at a young age, so horses have always been in my blood. I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1997 and worked for Paton and Lee straight away, having been involved with the practice as a veterinary student. In 2002 I joined the partnership. My main clinical interests are lameness investigations and breeding work. I love all types of sport and I've been a life-long supporter of Ipswich Town FC. My wife Debbie is a keen horsewoman and enjoys Parelli. She runs a fantastic business called 'Little Barn Cakes', baking the most amazing cake designs you can imagine. Our son Rory is already learning to ride, but also love tractors." In 2015, Tony raised over £5000 for the Bob Champion Cancer Trust and 'Livvy's Race Day' challenge by carrying out a 'Raspathon' - rasping 50 sets of horse's teeth at 50 different yards in 24 hours. "I would just like to send my appreciation to Tony who came to see Princess yesterday for x-rays and corrective shoes. She's not the easiest girl to deal with, but his calm manner both with her and me made it a very stress free day." - From Angi Hobbs via Facebook - Ben Portus BSc (Hons) BVSc MRCVS - (Director) "I qualified from the University of Bristol in June 2003, having also gained an intercalated in Equine Science with first-class honours. At home I was learning to ride by the age of 2 and spent my youth competing in Pony Club Triathlon and hunting. I joined Paton and Lee for 18 months before completing an internship at Rossdales Equine Hospital in Newmarket. I returned to Paton and Lee and became a partner in 2010. In my spare time I enjoy reading and writing, and in 2015 I became a private pilot, so I also enjoy flying around the Essex and Suffolk countryside. My main clinical interest is equine dentistry, and I'm currently working towards my Certificate in Advance Veterinary Practice (Equine Dentistry)." Ben is a member of the International Society of Equitation Science and is currently developing his skills in equine behaviour training, focussing on head- and needle-shy horses. "Would like to say a big thank you to Ben, just started work again with Handy following a month off and the improvement in his legs is incredible. He's very happy to be back in work again and he's back to his happy bouncy self! Big thank you from us." - Ellen Gibson via Facebook. - Charlotte Soutar BVetMed CertAVP MRCVS - (Assistant) "I qualified from The Royal Veterinary College in 2009. After a year in mixed practice I knew that I wanted to specialise in horse work, which I guess was where I was always destined to be: I was an active member of the Essex North Pony Club and I try to still get out and about to local dressage and riding club competitions as much as possible. In 2010 I competed at the National Dressage Championships and in 2015 I returned to dressage on my own horse "Beau", having been out of action with him for some time because of a frustrating lameness issue. Aside from my work, any spare moments I have are spent with my horses." In January 2016 Charlotte passed her Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice. "Thank you to Charlotte and her assistant for coming to see me and my boy today to do scans & blocking! Very patient and understanding. Always have a high level if sympathy & my horsey seems to really trust Charlotte (which is a big deal) thanks again!" - From Sarah Grant via our page. - Chloe Cumming BSc (Hons) BVSc CertAVP MRCVS - (Assistant) "I qualified with honours from Liverpool University in 2009. Before joining the team at Paton and Lee I worked for 18 months in mixed practice but my interests were firmly on the equine side of life. I grew up in north Bucks surrounded by hunting country and took part in local shows. In my spare time I enjoy skiing and exploring the countryside with my beautiful springer spaniel Bramble and my young cocker spaniel Mulberry. I am currently studying towards my Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice and my clinical focus in on equine internal medicine." "Today Chloe had our scared, rearing pony calm and quiet for a blood test within minutes, without sedation! Lovely to watch her using such a great method, I will be trying it myself!" - From Hayley Barker on Facebook. - Zoë Windley BVetMed (Hons) MRes Cert AVP (EM) MRCVS "I've lived in Essex all my life and learned to ride at Marven's Riding School at a young age. I studied at the Royal Veterinary College and after graduating with honours in 2008 spent 2 years working there at the equine referral hospital. I then went into first opinion equine practice at Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic in Kent, before undertaking a masters degree back at the RVC in the neuromuscular laboratory. I enjoy driving my British Native Spotted Pony 'Piggy', as well as walking my two border terriers 'Paddy' and 'Bumble'." In 2015 Zoe gained her Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice for Equine Medicine. "Hello... wanted to say what a credit Zoe is to you guys. I called her last night about Coburn, she put my mind at rest. Then she was out this morning helping my boy....she is a fantastic vet. Thank you !!!!! Xx" - From Samantha Weight via Facebook. - Sam Harrington BSc BVSc (Hons) MRCVS "I graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2015 before moving out to Lexington, Kentucky in the USA for an externship at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, where I worked mainly with Thoroughbreds, focusing on orthopaedics, medicine and anaesthesia. I'm a keen sportsman and played semi-professional football when I was a bit younger, as well as representing my county in both Athletics and Curling. I'm also involved in lots of conservation work and habitat management, volunteering with the Kent Wildlife Trust."
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[05/28/20] Regarding vaccinations, some clients may have recently received text messages or email reminders saying we are still having to delay vaccines because of Covid-19 lockdown. This is not correct: we are able to offer normal vaccination boosters. We will still need to risk-assess and social distance. Apologies for this error.
Our practice meetings look a bit different nowadays. Good job it’s not raining!
We’re delighted to be restarting our half price visit fee ‘zone days’ from next week. We are also now offering our back-on-track vaccination scheme for anyone who needs to start a primary course of vaccines: the second vaccine in the course will be free of charge, saving £42.
All visits still require a risk assessment and social distancing.
If you need to book we’re on 01376513369 or you can email [email protected] or book via our website.
Stay safe folks.
Essex Horse and Pony Protection Society
We recently took in a skewbald shetland stallion who was named Elf by his rescuers.
He had been abandoned in a field. He has no microchip to trace his owner.
An abandonment notice was put up but no owner came forward. The rescuer was at a loss of what to do especially as it was very noticeable that the little guy was in need of urgent dental attention.
Elf was brought to us on Wednesday and made it fully apparent that he is a stallion, screaming at the horses he could see in the field and displaying some very strong willed behaviour in his excitement.
Today Ben Portus from Paton and Lee Equine Veterinary Surgery attended to carry out any necessary dental treatment and blood tests on our newest arrival.
Elf's teeth were very overgrown and Ben diagnosed his condition as 'monkey mouth' - there is nothing we can do to correct it. He can still eat comfortably and lead a normal life with regular dentistry which is the main thing.
Monkey mouth is where the lower jaw sticks out further than the upper jaw, causing the lower teeth to protrude forward. It may result from a congenital defect (common in miniature breeds), or from injury or trauma to the lower jaw.
Elf also has his castration booked in two weeks but we aren't going to break that news to him just yet....
Any donations towards this little chap's ongoing care would be a great help to us during these trying times.
Thank you for your support.
We are now offering routine equine healthcare appointments.
A risk assessment and strict social distancing will be necessary, but we have become very adept at delivering safe, 'Covid-secure' equine veterinary care over the past 6 weeks.
The office is open from 8.30am-5.30pm Monday to Friday, but remains closed on Saturdays for now. 01376513369
Bookings can be made online at https://patonandlee.co.uk/payments/bookAppointment
You can also message us with appointment enquiries via our page or email [email protected]
If you have received a text message asking you to delay your horse's vaccinations during lockdown, you can now make an appointment for this in the usual way.
We're always here for information, reassurance and treatment, so if you have any concerns about your horse's healthcare, just get in touch and we'll be able to help.
Huge thanks to everyone for being so understanding and patient with us over the past 6 weeks. Strange times!
Hooray! Safe riding all. Remember we’re always open for business and here to help if you need us.
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We are pleased to be extending our office opening hours from this morning. The reception will now be open from 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday-Friday.
Remember, we are always here for your horse's healthcare, so call us if you need any information, reassurance or treatment.
Paton and Lee.
Love this! Huge thanks to Debbie Lock for this lovely gift at the end of a tough month for all of us working hard at Paton and Lee. We know it's been tough for so many out there. Can't wait for our full team to be back together again, but for now a bit of cake is always a good answer!
Today I sent off with my hubby a couple of cakes for his practice. I’m so proud of them all right now. Tony (my hubby), Ben and Jonathan are the partners of a nine vet practice. With all the vets furloughed, the three of them have been working day and night (with the odd day off every couple of weeks 🙈) so that all emergencies as well as foaling’s, vaccinations etc are covered as well as keeping the practice a float so no staff will loose their jobs. Along side them are a very skeleton staff in the office who are doing an awesome job 👏🏼 The cakes are to also celebrate Vicky’s birthday (bit late, but couldn’t get gluten free flour!) and also a well done to Ben, who also managed to complete his marathon run (while second on duty 😯)
Well done guys and thank you 💙🌈💙
You're all amazing! So chuffed to have reached my fundraising target today under such weird circumstances. That was a real tough slow marathon (exactly an hour slower than my best marathon time!) but it's done and with your support we've done some real good for a great cause. Thank you all!
Ready to go ... for a marathon with a difference!!
Tomorrow I will run, walk or crawl a lockdown marathon on what would have been London Marathon day, to raise money for amazing charity @Brooke, Action for Working Horses and Donkeys.
Things will be somewhat different this year, as I'm sure you can imagine.
My preparation has been a bit rubbish, with no training for the past month as we've been working to keep the practice going, covering emergencies 2 out of 3 nights.
To stick to the lockdown rules I'll be running 6.2 miles on roads around home and completing the remaining distance by doing 40 half-mile zig-zagging laps of the garden.
I'm second on call for emergencies, so running may be interrupted if the phone rings.
As part of the marathon I'm going to run 5km alongside my wife, Gillian, and we're each donating £5 for 5km to the fabulous NHS.
It won't be quick. It won't be pretty. It will get done, one way or another.
Huge thanks to all my sponsors.
Stay home folks. Stay safe.
We wouldn't want to stray into politics too much, especially while we're celebrating World Veterinary Day today ... but we did find this peer-reviewed scientific research useful.
Proud to have done our little bit to help.
We’d like to say a special thank you to all the people, businesses and organisations who have donated items or supported our teams:
• Morrisons, who donated two crates of food to our staff at Halstead Hospital.
• The Friends of Braintree Community Hospital, for their donation of sweets and treats for staff in the Courtauld Ward at Braintree Community Hospital.
• Bettys, who donated a lovely surprise gift to our Maldon Community Nursing Team
• Paton and Lee Equine Veterinary SurgeryPaton and Lee Equine Veterinary Surgery
• Secondary Schools across Essex, who donated goggles
• Mars, who donated 500 Easter eggs to our staff at Halstead Hospital
Huge thanks go to Jonathan's wife Claire, seen here hard at work in the laboratory performing worm egg counts for us.
Claire has been fab at helping Jonathan with his calls, allowing safe social-distancing at all times.
We're getting pretty good at carrying out necessary veterinary treatment whilst under lock-down now! We have an amazing minimal staffing team working super-hard to keep things going.
We can't wait for the rest of the Paton and Lee Team to safely join us back at work, but in the meantime if you need any equine healthcare advice, support or treatment you know where to find us: we're always here for you.
Strange times ...
With the practice on lockdown and almost all of our wonderful team furloughed (we miss you guys!!) we have the unusual spectacle of Tony, Jonathan and Ben having to multitask a lot!
Here Jonathan is running a clinical chemistry blood sample in our laboratory and Ben is cleaning and sterilising the surgical instruments. It's definitely made us all realise what an amazing job our fantastic team does in normal times!
Remember we're still here for you if you need us.
We can still run faecal worm-egg-counts.
Reception is still open 9-5 Mon-Fri.
We're always here to give advice and veterinary treatment that is both safe and necessary to perform.
Have a fab weekend and remember to keep protecting our brilliant NHS.
Happy Easter all.
Stay safe. Eat chocolate. Call us if you need us.
SAFE & NECESSARY:
Many of you will already be aware that we have received additional guidance on carrying out equine vaccinations and other essential veterinary work during the more prolonged government lockdown due to Corona virus.
The important take-home message is that we will always ensure it is both SAFE and NECESSARY to perform any veterinary procedure during the lockdown by performing a risk assessment prior to attending your horse. Staying safe and protecting the NHS is our priority.
If it is safe to do so whilst maintaining social distancing, we may now be able to vaccinate your horse if their booster is due within the next 7 days (2nd vaccinations, 3rd vaccinations and annual boosters only - not the 6-monthly boosters required for some competition rules).
Where our records show that a vaccination is due, we are currently contacting clients directly to carry out a risk assessment over the phone. The office will open again at 9am on Tuesday for all other enquiries or you can email [email protected] over the bank holiday weekend.
Remember that our emergency service is not affected and we can always provide advice, reassurance and emergency treatment if you need us: 01376 513369.
Thank you all and stay safe.
We’d love to see your horsey snaps 📸 use our #patonandlee 🐴 #staysafe everyone 💕 thanks for the pic @beccaasmith_x
In the current lockdown, we thought we'd put out our lectures from the popular 'Equine First Aid for Horse Owners' course. This is the first lecture on wounds. Any questions, post in the comments below and we'll try to answer asap. Our thanks go to all the owners of horses whose photographs we have used. I haven't credited them here, but it's very useful for other owners to be able to see the kind of trouble horses get themselves into. Stay safe everyone.
2020 vaccination rules for the BHA have temporarily reverted to the original 12-month booster requirement that was in place for prior to the 2019 Equine Flu outbreak. We support this temporary position and have lobbied other organisers to follow-suit to help horse owners get back to competition as soon as possible after the Covid-19 lockdown. Hopefully BD, BE, etc will do the same.
In conjunction with the BHA's cross-industry veterinary committee we have approved a proposal regarding the vaccination schedule of British racehorses to help owners, trainers and vets during the COVID-19 outbreak. Read it here - http://ow.ly/nqPu50z26j3
Graffic picture warning ... but a happy ending to this story!!
On 14th March we were called by police to a horrible collision between a horse and car. 'Ronnie' was out for a nice hack with 15 year old rider Elise, but they lost control and headed straight into oncoming traffic. By a miracle Elise was severely shocked but otherwise unhurt in the impact. Poor Ronnie suffered severe injuries to his chest and forelimbs and almost completely severed his nose off. A large section of the windshield was embedded in Ronnie's left incisive bone which was cut in half. His entire right nostril had to be reconstructed with 6 layers of sutures to rebuild his inner nostril, cartilage, false nostril and skin layers.
Today, under social-distancing and with all the correct PPE, we were able to remove the sutures. Ronnie has made a full recovery with no loss of normal anatomy or function. It's amazing how well he's healed. Our thanks to Elise for allowing us to share her story.
Stay safe out there folks.
We're still treating all urgent cases and emergencies as normal. Cases like 'Archie' this morning, who was frothing at the mouth and struggling to chew because he'd got this twig stuck between his teeth and rubbed a nasty ulcer into his tongue. Poor Archie!
Thankfully all fixed and feeling better now ... all done without anyone getting anywhere near each other.
Stay safe folks, follow the government advice and call if you need us. 01376 513369.
Remember our office hours are now 9am-5pm Mon-Fri.
Payment at time for all treatments please.
Emergency service as normal, no extra fees.
Tele-medicine consultations available at our normal rate.
We have some wonderful news for you.
Ginny has given birth to a beautiful boy in the early hours of the morning and both mum and baby are looking amazing.
We are so relieved that Ginny made it through without complication and presented staff with this gorgeous surprise this morning.
We have named him Hendricks keeping with the gin theme (his brother's name is Gordon).
Staff are already smitten - what a beauty he is.
Just a quick reminder to all our horse owners:
1) Reception is now open 9-5 Mon-Fri.
2) Emergency service as normal, no extra fees.
3) Payment at time required for all services. Thank you for your support with this.
4) Telemedicine consulatations now available at our normal fee.
Check our newsletter and website for full details.
Thanks everyone and stay safe.
We have released a newsletter summarising our advice and changes to services during the current lockdown. Remember that we're here if you need us. Our emergency service is unaffected. 01376 513369
Hope everyone is staying safe.
The Paton and Lee Team.
We love this post from Bell Equine Clinic! Stay safe all.
For a little bit of light relief in these stressful times ….
Lets keep this simple horse owners! So in equine terms:
- We are all on box rest!
- Vulnerable people are on strict box rest
- Most of us are allowed out once for hand grazing only
- Some of key workers are walking out under saddle
- Those on the frontline are in full work with no turnout!
Please stay fit and healthy everyone and if you are meant to be on box rest … stay there!
Please note that we have not changed any of our fees for emergencies during the Covid-19 lockdown.
All emergencies covered during normal working hours incur no extra charge. These hours are any time between 8am and 5pm Monday - Saturday.
Emergencies between 6am-8am and 5pm-10pm incur an additional out-of-hours fee of £40 inc VAT. Calls on Sundays or Bank Holidays also incur this additional fee.
All emergencies between 10pm and 6am incur an additional out-of-hours fee of £60 inc VAT.
Our prices are published online at https://patonandlee.co.uk/details/42-Current-Pricings-for-2020
patonandlee.co.uk For your information here are some prices (correct as of 25/03/2020) for routine work that is carried out.PAYMENT FOR ALL SERVICES IS REQUIRED AT THE TIME FOR ALL CLIENTS. THIS IS TO SAFEGUARD THE FUTURE OF OUR BUSINESS. THANK YOU.
Please don't forget about laminitis while your horses are potentially doing less exercise and the spring grass is growing like crazy. We are very worried about a spate of laminitis cases during this Covd-19 shutdown.
As always we are here if you need us for any emergencies: 01376 513369.
We have produced an advice sheet for avoiding laminitis and we are sharing the body condition score sheet produced by the National Equine Welfare Council and published in the CARE About Laminitis Booklet.
Lots of further information and links are available on our website:
COVID-19 BUSINESS CHANGES
4 TAKE HOME MESSAGES:
• Office hours reduced
• Emergency service as normal, no extra fees
• Payment at time required for all clients please
• Tele-medicine consultations available at normal consult price
We have temporarily changed our office opening hours. The office will now be open from 9am until 5pm Monday-Friday. The office will be closed on Saturdays.
Our emergency service is unaffected. We will continue to have at least 2 vets on call 24/7 if you need us for an equine emergency. Call 01376 513369.
Our out-of-hours fees remain unchanged. All day-time emergencies will be charged at the normal rate. Emergencies between 5pm-10pm and 6am-8am incur an additional £40 fee. Emergencies between 10pm and 6am incur an additional £60 fee.
Like everyone, we are now operating the business on limited staffing levels with restricted cash-flow. We therefore require PAYMENT AT THE TIME for ALL work carried out please. This applies to ALL clients, even if we know you really well and have done your work for decades. The future of our business depends on this. We really appreciate your cooperation.
In addition to our usual FREE telephone advice / texts / Facebook messages / WhatsApp / emails etc, we are now offering a tele-medicine consultation scheme: for important but perhaps non-emergency situations, we may need to get additional information about your horse before we decide whether to attend in person or give treatment and prescribe medicines remotely. If we feel that a tele-medicine consultation is necessary, we will inform you PRIOR to beginning the consultation that it has gone from being a FREE advice phone call to being charged at our normal rates for consultations (£55 including VAT for up to 15m) no visit fee (obvs). We may need to video-call you or get photographs/videos of your horse. Payment for the consultation and drugs will be required before any drugs are posted or left for collected. If we decide at any time during a tele-medicine consultation that an emergency call-out is required, no tele-medicine fee will apply.
Please ask if you have any questions about our new operating terms. [email protected] 01376513369 or via this page.
Hopefully this won't be for too long.
Modern Facilities ~ Traditional Values. Our team of eighteen staff is dedicated to the welfare of horses. Whether for routine veterinary work or emergencies and surgery, we are here to help you and your horse. Based in the heart of Essex, we are a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Tier 2 Accredited Equine Practice. In addition to our superb clinic-based facilities we also provide a full ambulatory service with state-of-the-art portable equipment. We provide our own emergency cover, so when it matters most you can contact a vet you know and trust. We are happy to carry out routine work on Saturdays. You can trust the high standard of veterinary care given to your favourite equine, whether for routine work or emergencies at any time of day.
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