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IEC Summer Newsletter 2018

Summer Newsletter 

With the breeding season well underway and Christmas fast approaching, it is non-stop for us here at the Illawarra Equine Centre! However, this hasn’t stopped us getting out and about with Mitch and Lisa attending the Berry Pink Ribbon Horse Festival funkhana last month. It was a fantastic event, supporting a very worthy cause. We were delighted to be there showing our support and proud to be sponsors of such a great day!

We have also been busy attending many foalings this season and had multiple mares successfully bred via AI at our clinic. It is definitely our busiest time of year, but it’s really not a hard task when you are dealing with patients as cute as the ones below!



Tis’ the season to be jolly, and here in Australia it is also the season to be hot!

With Summer in full swing here on the South Coast, it is time to think about both a hot weather and bush fire plan for your equine friends. Like humans, horses can suffer from heat stroke, so having a plan in place to prevent this condition is essential. Below we have listed a few helpful tips on how to avoid heat stroke in your horse, as well as the symptoms to look out for.

Preventing heat stroke:

  • Unlimited access to fresh water
  • Adequate shade in the form of trees* or a well ventilated shelter
  • Avoid over-rugging
  • Limit riding to cooler parts of the day

Heat stroke symptoms:

  • Rapid pulse and breathing
  • Heavy breathing and panting
  • Excess saliva
  • Increased sweating
  • High body temperature
  • Restlessness and/or lethargy

*avoid allowing horses to shelter under trees which are flowering/fruiting, as these type of trees may attract flying foxes and  increase the risk of Hendra virus.

Useful information regarding ideas for appropriate shelter can be found by following this link:

Being bushfire ready.

Do you have a bushfire plan in place for your horses? Last minute decisions can lead to catastrophe. Having a plan in place may just save a life! Below are some links which could help you design the best evacuation plan for your horse if the unthinkable happened.

MON       24/12/18 – 8:30am-5:00pm
TUES       25/12/18 – CLOSED*
WED        26/12/18 – CLOSED*
THURS   27/12/18 – 8:30am-5:00pm
FRI           28/12/18 – 8:30am-5:00pm
MON        31/12/18 – 8:30am-5:00pm
TUES       01/01/19 – CLOSED

24hr emergency care still available by phoning the office on (02) 4448 6488

IEC Winter Newsletter 2018 – 20% Off Dentals

Winter Newsletter

Winter is here!!! No doubt everyone is filling up the wood heap in preperation for a few cold months ahead. Thanks to everyone who attended our client information night in March. It was without doubt the biggest and best yet.
Congratulations to Julie and Bronwyn (see below) who won prizes for the best dressed. Plans are already underway for another client information night in August…watch this space.


It’s that time of year again. For all those horse owners out there who have forgotten about it, put it in the too hard basket, or have been too busy, now is the time. For June, July AND August IEC will be providing a 20% discount on dentals. That’s right 20%!!!! Tell your friends….it’s too good to miss out on this special offer. Call the office for more information.


If you are thinking of getting your mare in foal, one of the most common questions we get asked is should I use chilled or frozen semen? Below is a summary of the pros and cons of each option.

Chilled semen for AI (artificial insemination) 
– higher success rate than frozen semen.
– less labour intensive and therefore less expensive than frozen semen.
– the stallion must be located in Australia or NZ as the semen only lasts 48-72 hours after collection.
– constant communication required between the vet and stallion owner.
– some stallions get booked out or don’t collect at certain times of the breeding season as they are competing.

Frozen semen AI 
– lower success rate than chilled semen.
– more labour intensive and therefore more expensive than chilled semen.
– frozen semen can be used from anywhere in the world often allowing for the most sought after stallions to be used.
– frozen semen is often expensive to purchase with no in foal guarantee.


A few of you may have already met our new Vet Nurse Tegan Chapman. Tegan grew up in Wollongong and has been involved with horses most of her life. Tegan will be travelling with the vets to assist them with their procedures. Make sure you say hi!!

IEC Autumn Newsletter 2018

Autumn Newsletter

Autumn already!! Time flies when you’re having fun. Hopefully everyone out there had a great festive and holiday season and no doubt are back into the swing of things. After some much needed time off all the staff at IEC are back on deck.


As some of you may already be aware we are hosting a client information night on the 17th of March at the Berry Bowling Club on preventative medicine in the horse. This is an area that is becoming more important as the average age of the horse increases throughout the world. Nicole King from Zoetis will be discussing vaccinating and worming and Dr Mitchell Brown will be discussing Equine Dentistry. If you have any questions about Hendra virus, tetanus, strangles, worming or dentistry (or anything else for that matter) come along for a chat.
For all those wanting to attend please RSVP to Lisa in the office on 4448 6488. As it will be St Patrick’s day, there will be prizes for best dressed. Get creative!! Details below.

NEW PRODUCT: Electrolene Paste 90 gm (normally 60 gm). Designed to improve your horses recovery post exercise. Currently in stock.



At Illawarra Equine Centre we believe keeping our vets informed and educated on the most recent advances in Equine Veterinary Medicine and Surgery is very important in order to provide the best service possible.
This year Dr Simon McPhee, Dr Mike O’Brien and Dr Mitchell Brown will be attending conferences and workshops throughout Australia in order to continue to advance their veterinary knowledge.


In exciting news Randwick Equine Centre will be moving to Horsley Park, adjacent to the Sydney International Equestrian Centre. The proposed opening date is January 2020. The facilities will be world class.


On Mitch’s recent holiday they visited family near Goondiwindi, QLD, Gus had his first ‘ride’ on a pony. Maybe next time he’ll be a little closer to reaching the reins.

Happy holidays from the IEC team!