Please completed and sign the form below. By completing the form you are instructing the examining veterinary surgeon to omit stages 3, 4, and 5 of the full examination as described in the notes below.
Veterinarians have developed a general routine of examination which has been found to be satisfactory as a means of detecting signs of disease and injury. This examination is conducted in five stages and all the stages should be completed. If this has not been possible it should be made clear on the certificate in what way the examination has been varied and that any opinions are based on the restricted examination.
The standard examination is conducted in five stages, although the exact sequence of the examination may vary. The stages are :
This is a thorough external examination of the animal at rest using visual observation, palpation, and manipulation to detect clinically the apparent signed of injury, disease, or physical abnormality. It includes an examination of the incisor teeth, a thorough examination of the horse's eyes in a darkened area and auscultation of the horse's heart and lungs at rest. Examination of the eyes does not include dilating the pupil but should include examination of the internal and external structures.
The examination does not include the examination of the inside of the prepuce (sheath), a detailed mouth examination with a speculum, a heaight measurement or any examination for pregnancy.
The animal is walked and then trotted in hand to detect abnormalities of gair and action. Ideally this carried out on firm, level ground. The horse is turned sharply each way and is a backed for a few paces. Flexion tests of all four limbs and trotting in a circle on a firm surface may be carried out if the examining veterinary surgeon considers it safe and appropriate to do so.
The horse is usually ridden and give sufficient exercise to