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Avonvale Equine Vet Practice

Avonvale Equine Vet Practice is an independently owned, progressive, equine-only vet practice based near Banbury, North Oxfordshire. The area we cover extends from Birmingham in the North to Oxford in the South, Worcester in the West and Northampton in the East. We also cover Cheltenham, Buckingham and Warwick. 

Click here for a map of our coverage area or contact us if you are unsure whether we cover your area. We also accept equine veterinary referrals from a wider area.

We have a team of experienced and dedicated vets and nurses providing 24-hour care, 7 days a week. Your horse is in safe hands with Avonvale Equine Vet Practice.

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What we do

Our Equine Vet Services

We offer comprehensive field services with a zone-visit scheme for routine work and a full range of mobile diagnostic equipment to complement our fully equipped clinic facility. We are committed to providing high quality ambulatory and in-patient care for all types of performance and leisure horses, ponies, donkeys and mules.

Our comprehensive equine veterinary services include routine healthcare and vaccinations as well as emergency call-outs and colic surgery. We also offer poor performance investigation, lameness diagnosis and treatment, equine reproduction services and more. 


From racehorses and broodmares to leisure horses and non-ridden companion ponies, Avonvale Equine Vet Practice offer compassionate veterinary care for all equines.


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Where we work

Zone Visits

Our zone visit scheme allows you to receive free visits for routine, non-emergency work on pre-determined days. We have divided our catchment area into 4 main zones with one of our vets visiting each zone once a week.

In addition, clients within a central zone will be able to receive free visits 4 days of the week, Tuesday to Friday.

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Latest news

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  • Avonvale have looked after me and my three horses for many years.  They have provided exceptional service and literally saved my old horse's life when he had colic.  The staff are always positive and helpful.  Any queries are followed up and dealt with promptly and efficiently.  I cannot recommend them highly enough.

    Mary C, Leamington

  • We have been using Avonvale Equine Practice for many years for all of our veterinary work, enabling us to successfully breed, produce, compete and manage our Event and Dressage horses to a high standard.  The team at Avonvale pay a huge role in providing a consistently high level of service which is backed up by an abundance of knowledge and experience.  They are always on hand to give advice and come up practical solutions from small management changes to keep our top level horses competing at their best, to giving guidance with our foals and young stock coming through.  It really makes a difference having such a reliable team on side that have become invaluable to us here at Lynwood Stud.

    Lesley and Amy, Lynwood Stud

  • After a poor local experience, we began looking for a vet specialising in lameness. A friend recommended Claire at Avonvale and although they are some distance away, we made the journey from Leicestershire.  Unfortunately, our mare had a lot of issues and spent a lot of time at Avonvale over an 18 month period.  All the staff there were so attentive and caring and worked so hard to try and resolve the numerious issues.  We really couldn't recommend the vets, nurses and support team highly enough, they were fantastic.  Though not at all local for us, they continue to be our first choice for non-routine issues.

    Lee F, Leicestershire

  • The whole team at Avonvale are excellent, the vets, nurses and the staff at Ratley are always happy, helpful and reassuring.


    The vets are clearly very knowledgeable and experienced, yet will also seek second opinions from within the Avonvale team or beyond if they need to.  So, I always feel that I am getting the best, considered advice.  The continuity is important too, with the same vet seeing a course of treatment through from start to finish.


    I appreciate the flexibility of the vets to sometimes discuss concerns on the phone and take a look at photos, rather than always defaulting to a call-out visit.  The zone days help keep routine vaccinations and teeth checks to a very reasonable price too!


    The client events, that used to be in person, but through COVID have been online, are really informative too - thank you!

    Helen R, Leamington

  • I have trained and competed Vignoles Gambit, a pure Welsh D cob, as a pure Dressage horse for the past 10 years up through the levels from Prelim to Grand Prix.  We have been under the care and guidance of Avonvale Equine team, specifically Claire Maher, throughout this time.  I genuinely don't think we would be where we are today without their knowledge and help! 

    It is a challenge to keep any competition horses performing constantly at their best, especially one not necessarily bred for high level dressage, so I am truly grateful for all of the advice and management programmes that have kept Gamibt competing happily at Grand Prix over the past few years.

    Amy P, Dressage Rider and Trainer

  • Avonvale have been fantastic in the treatments of any of my horses' illnesses.  They are a very friendly team and are always happy to help at any time and to put my mind at rest.  This is the best equine practice I have been with.

    Gwenan O, Highworth

  • We have used Avonvale since 2015 and couldn't recommend them highly enough.  We have had two horses with complex health issues and they have been so friendly, professional and supporting with helping find the best treatment for them, making each issue much easier to manage.  They are also excellent with routine checks, jabs and vettings, and still dedicate a lot of time and care into making sure these are well managed and we really appreciate all that they do for our horses.

    Karen H, Northampton

  • It’s so difficult to put into words the experience of being an Avonvale client. Over the last 20 years, they’ve been there with me celebrating the successes of “fixing” problems, supporting some difficult decisions and also grieved alongside us. No matter what the problem, what the day, what the time ... I know Avonvale are always at the end of the phone. Thank you all at Avonvale, past and present!

    Emmie F, Wolverhampton.

  • Having used Avonvale for a number of years I genuinely would not go elsewhere. From routine visits to accidents, poor performance work ups and subsequent operations I have always felt confident that my precious horses are in the very best hands. Without the extensive expertise of the team at Avonvale, particularly both Naomi and Claire, I fear one or both my horses would be retired to the field. Thank you for all you've done in giving me back my happy horses.

    Cassey H, Evesham

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Avonvale Equine Vet Practice is an independent equine vet practice offering a range of services. Our team of equine vets are dedicated and compassionate, and we offer routine and emergency diagnostic and treatment.

We cover a wide area, stretching from parts of Gloucestershire and Cheltenham in the West to Towcester and Northamptonshire in the East; Worcestershire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands in the North to The Cotswolds and Oxfordshire in the South. Our equine vet practice in Ratley, near Banbury, is equipped with full surgical facilities and an in-house laboratory.

If you would like to get in touch with us, please use this contact form or use the details below and we will be happy to help. If you require an emergency equine vet, please call our 24-hour emergency line: 01295 670 501


Ratley Lodge,
OX15 6DT

reception@avonvaleequine.co.uk for general enquiries


accounts@avonvaleequine.co.uk for billing/accounts queries

(01295) 670501

Office Opening times – Monday to Friday 8.30 – 5.00pm

Out of hours - 24 hour emergency service, 365 days a year


If you wish to register as a new client, please use our New Client Registration form.

To request a repeat prescription for your horse, please use the Repeat Prescription Request form.

To book a pre-purchase vetting (2 stage or 5 stage), please use our Pre-Purchase Vetting form.