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Shutting the stable door: ensuring the security and safety of in‐patients
  1. Tim Greet

    Tim Greet is a partner and the senior surgeon in the Newmarket equine practice of Dr Peter Rossdale, which he joined in 1982. He was instrumental, with his partners, in developing the practice's large purpose‐built equine hospital in 1997. As well as being a European and RCVS Specialist in Equine Surgery, Tim is an honorary professor at Glasgow veterinary school and an associate lecturer at the Cambridge veterinary school. He is a past-president of the British Equine Veterinary Association and the BVA, and a member of the board of the World Equine Veterinary Association


SAFEGUARDING the security and general wellbeing of stabled equine patients is essential to promoting a professional image as a modern veterinary practice, as well as complying with a statutory requirement to discharge the appropriate duty of care. The theft of a horse from a veterinary practice might seem an unlikely scenario, but many equine patients are valuable enough to tempt an opportunist. And this is certainly not the only risk that practices ought to be concerning themselves with, as Tim Greet discusses.

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