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It shouldn't happen to a vet... Another tale from the VDS casebook
  1. John Tindall

Age shouldn't have mattered - but it did


The Veterinary Defence Society receives a considerable number of claims relating to the pre-purchase examination of horses. The reasons for the claims vary from purchasers finding that their choice does not live up to their expectations (and trying to blame the unfortunate veterinary surgeon who examined the horse), to there being actual defects which the vet missed or misinterpreted at the time of examination. The question of the true age of an animal is also a common cause for complaint. If there is doubt, therefore, it is advisable to say so and allow the vendors to produce documentary evidence to back their assertions. There is tremendous merit in bracketing all mouths that appear to be above eight years or aged as ‘over eight’, rather than trying to be too specific.

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