As our practice has evolved into all sports medicine and lameness consult, and with the departure of Dr. Stewart, we want to remind our clients that setting up your horse(s) with a practice for general medicine and emergency in advance of necessity can alleviate stress if you should unfortunately need emergency assistance. We will miss our annual visits with our patients for wellness and vaccines, but acknowledge that we cannot be available in a pinch if we are traveling. Therefore we advise considering your options of other practices, and setting up an account with them before your spring vaccines may be due. This will allow the veterinarian that you call in an emergency an opportunity to meet you and your horse(s) and establish a relationship that you are comfortable with. Emergencies are stressful enough, but having a plan of who to call when you have one is the first step.

We are looking forward to continuing to see all of our friends, human and equine, in the future for your sports medicine and lameness needs. As always we hope to help our patients the best we can, whether they are in need of diagnosis or management!!

March 20, 2020

Covid-19 Update & Practice Recommendations

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Dear Clients of Equine Sports Medicine of Maryland and Referring Veterinarians,

As our nation’s situation evolves and we remain under a shelter at home order and quarantine the Maryland Veterinary Board has approved elective procedures and wellness examinations for veterinary practices. Equine Sports Medicine of Maryland has been operational on an emergency, critical care and medical basis since beginning in March and we have been able to manage cases while maintaining social distancing, lots of disinfecting and personal protective equipment. Our top priority continues to be the care of our patients. We have implemented protcols over past weeks made by government and veterinary agencies to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 exposure among our staff and clients and we will continue to respect these recommendations as ask the same of those involved during farm calls:

  • Please be courteous and alert us to any people possibly infected or with history of recent international travel at farms that we are to attend.
  • CDC is recommending a minimum of 6 feet between persons for “social distancing”- we know this can be difficult when handling our patients particularly in emergency situations. To minimize risk of contact and exposure for all, we plan to have our technicians and doctor/s handle the patients directly for exams and procedure while communicating with owners and caretakers from a distance or via phone.
  • We are taking all precautions with wearing protective gear between farms in addition to sanitizing ourselves, surfaces and equipment before and after use as the virus has been shown to survive on varying surfaces for up to 8 hours. We are asking our clients to take the same precautions sanitizing shared surfaces, halters etc at appointments.
  • The office is open for picking up medications, vaccinations etc we just are restricting traffic into the building. There is a client pick up box in the wicker trunk directly outside the office where you can find hand sanitizer as well as your supplies.
  • Working within barns can sometimes make for tight quarters so lets work together to find low traffic areas of the barn and times with fewest people present to help everyone follow the under 10 people restrictions but also so we don't get in the way of barn chores, owner visit schedules etc. as we all adjust to the continually evolving "normal".

Please do not hesitate to call with any questions or concerns.

Dr. Cooper Williams, Dr. Magda Stewart, and Staff

.MD Horse Council to Horse Community on COVID-19

Maryland Unites

Maryland Department of Health on Coronavirus

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