Terms and Conditions of Business

Surrey Hills Equine Veterinary Practice Ltd

We have set out below our terms and conditions of business at Surrey Hills Equine Veterinary Practice Ltd. These apply to all our Equine Owners clients unless otherwise stated. Some aspects may not be relevant to you, and where necessary we are more than happy to offer further explanation/clarification.

1. Fees

All fees, drug charges, supplements and other products are subject to VAT at the current rate. Fees are charged according to the nature of the procedure, test and the time taken to carry these out, as well as drugs and consumables used. The fees are provided in detailed form on invoicing and patient’s records.

2. Estimates for the cost of treatment

At any time we are happy to provide a written estimate for the anticipated cost of treatment on request. Please note that this is an estimate and NOT a quotation, as often your horse’s treatment will not follow a conventional course, and their welfare is our primary concern. We will endeavour to keep you up to date with costs throughout treatment. However, in certain instances it may still be possible to produce an estimate that you may accept as a quotation.

3. Payment Terms

We accept the following payment methods:

  • Credit/Debit card – We accept all main credit and debit cards. We apply a surcharge of 1.950% to any transaction made with American Express, Visa Business and Mastercard Business credit cards. We apply a surcharge of 2.5% to any transaction made with Diners Cards
  • Cash – We apply a surcharge of 1% to any cash payment
  • BACS transfer:


Sort Code: 30-99-50

Account no: 36987160

For non-UK clients:

IBAN: GB70LOYD77050525150868


Reference – Please use the invoice number.

Surrey Hills Equine Veterinary Practice Ltd reserves the right to allocate payments received against the oldest outstanding invoice unless that invoice is under dispute.

It is our policy that all clients need to build up a satisfactory credit record with us.

New Clients : Payment for appointments will be required at the time of booking until an acceptable credit record has been established. This also applies to any emergency and/or out of hours service, for which a minimum deposit of £500 will be required upfront at the time of booking. Any additional fee will be payable in accordance with our terms and conditions.

Any unspent fees paid at the time of booking will be refunded.

Registered Clients : Unless alternative arrangements have been agreed in advance, payment is due within 10 days of receipt of invoice.

Surrey Hills Equine Veterinary Practice Ltd reserves the right to refuse credit at any time. Clients who are persistently late in paying will be required to pay all fees at the time of booking, all T&Cs applicable to new Clients will apply and access to our veterinary services may be withdrawn.

3.1 Failure to pay

Should an account not be settled a reminder will be sent. Should it be necessary for further reminders to be sent, administration charges may be incurred. After due notice unpaid accounts will be referred to our debt collection agency and further charges, such as for the production of reports, correspondence, court fees, attendance at court and phone calls will be levied in respect of costs incurred in collecting the debt. Any cheque or credit/debit card transaction not honoured or any cash tendered that is found to be counterfeit will result in the account being restored to the original sum with further charges added to cover bank charges and administrative costs together with interest on the principal sum.

This may affect your credit rating and will likely result in notice of termination of services provided to you by Surrey Hills Equine Veterinary Practice Ltd. Once your debt has been referred then payment should be made directly to the debt agency.

Without prejudice to any other right or remedy that it may have, if a Client fails to pay Surrey Hills Equine Veterinary Practice Ltd any sum due under this T&Cs on the due date Surrey Hills Equine Veterinary Practice Ltd may suspend all or part of the Services until payment has been made in full.

3.2 Inability to pay

If for any reason you foresee difficulties paying for treatment, please discuss this with us as soon as possible. Any part payments or installments can ONLY be authorised by a member of management, and may only be agreed PRIOR to treatment.

4. Horse insurance

Surrey Hills Equine Veterinary Practice Ltd strongly recommend horse insurance for your horse to cover the cost of illness and injury. Please be aware that if your animal is insured, as the policyholder it is your responsibility to settle our account and reclaim your fees from the insurance company. We make no charge for completing the Vet section of your form and providing the relevant documentation.

4.1 Direct insurance claims

In certain circumstances we may agree to claim our fees back directly from your insurance company. This is subject to criteria set by us and requires prior approval which will include paying any excess amount on your policy at the time of treatment. Please do not assume that this will be carried out automatically. We currently charge £35 (inc.VAT) which may vary from time to time for this process, which will involve varying degree of administrative paperwork. Surrey Hills Equine Veterinary Practice Ltd reserve the right to refuse a direct claim at any time.

EHP (Equine Health Plan) ** Vetsure® – All the Equine Health Plan direct debits are managed by Vetsure®. Details and application form are available on our website.

5. Ownership of records

Case notes and similar records for your horse are the property of, and are retained by the Practice. You may request a copy of your animal’s notes at any time. These shall be passed appropriately, by request, to another Veterinary surgeon treating that animal. In accepting these terms and conditions, you agree that Surrey Hills Equine Veterinary Practice Ltd may share your record information with other clinicians and their organisations when necessary for the treatment of your animals.

5.1. Ownership of radiographs and similar records

During your Horse’s treatment, we may have taken radiographs or similar diagnostics such as ultrasound scans. Even though you may have incurred a charge for carrying out and interpreting these, the ownership of the resulting record, for example a radiograph, will remain the property of Surrey Hills Equine Veterinary Practice Ltd. Copies of these records may be requested, and provided where possible. This may incur a small administrative fee.

6. Prescriptions

Prescriptions are available on request from Surrey Hills Equine Veterinary Practice Ltd. You may obtain Prescription Only Medicines, Category V (POM-V’s) from the practice, or alternatively request a written prescription to obtain these medicines from another pharmacy.

There is currently a charge of £25.00 (inc VAT) for a written prescription which may vary from time to time. All requests require 48hrs notice.

Prescriptions are only authorised to animals under our care. A prescription is not always applicable where immediate treatment is required.

Please note: regular examinations of your horse are required by regulations set by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. The frequency of examinations depends on the medicine being prescribed and the condition being treated. This will be advised by your treating Veterinary Surgeon.

7. Complaints and standards

We really hope that you never feel the need to complain about our service or standards of care, however it would be foolish to assume that we are infallible, and events will not always go as you expect them to all of the time. We try hard to achieve as good an outcome as we can with the care of all of our patients and in our communications with you, and consider your pet or horse’s welfare as our upmost priority. If there is any aspect of our work that concerns you or has been left unresolved, then please let us know, so that we can listen, understand, and act on your concerns. It is important for us to receive feedback because it gives us an immediate opportunity to put problems and mistakes right and to quickly learn from them. Most importantly we want you to have confidence in us to do the right thing for your animals when it matters.

You may in the first instance raise a complaint with the member of staff directly involved if appropriate. We hope that problems can be resolved quickly and easily this way. If however you would like to make a formal complaint, you email our Business Manager using the details below:


Tel: 01306 249944

The Director

Surrey Hills Equine Veterinary Practice Ltd

Hedges, Crest Hill

Peaslake, GU59PE

We will endeavour to acknowledge your complaint within 5 working days. After which, we will investigate your concerns with the relevant members of staff if necessary within 10 working days of the receipt of the complaint. We will be then in a position to respond accordingly. We hope we can ascertain what went wrong and why, provide an opportunity to discuss the problem with those concerned if you wish, provide an apology where appropriate, and make sure the problem doesn’t happen again.

7.1. Zero tolerance policy

We understand that dealing with conditions of poor health of your horse can be stressful and at all times we will advice our clients while maintaining our patients’ welfare as paramount priority. However, we operate a zero tolerance policy towards any verbal or written abuse towards our staff. We consider this unacceptable and reserve the right to suspend all or part of the Services in relation to such eventuality.

8. Emergency and Out-of-hours service

Surrey Hills Equine Veterinary Practice Ltd operates a 24 hour Emergency service for our client’s horses in line with requirements by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. You can access this service by telephoning any of our branch numbers, where you will then be given the opportunity to speak with a Vet or Nurse to handle your emergency.

This service will be fulfilled by a one of our own equine vets or one from an out-of-hours partnered practice, who will have access to your records.

We endeavour to get a vet to an emergency within an hour of a call being made to the practice. If an emergency visit is required during working hours a discretionary surcharge may be applied due to the inconvenience this may cause other clients. A surcharge will be added to each out of hours visit/consultation. The out of hours surcharge varies depending on the time that the client contacts the out of hours emergency service, clients can enquire about the current emergency surcharge fees with our office team.

9. Data Protection

We may obtain, use, process and disclose personal data about you in order to discharge our duties as your Veterinary Surgeon under these standard terms of business, and for other related purposes including updating and enhancing client records, analysis for management purposes and statutory returns, crime prevention and legal and regulatory compliance. You have a right of access, under data protection legislation, to the personal data that we hold about you. We may also send you from time to time in the future, free of charge, details of the services we provide.

For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1988, the Data Controller in relation to personal data supplied by you is the Business Manager.

10. Equal opportunities

We are an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to providing the same high quality service to all our clients, regardless of age, disability, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

11. Variation in Terms of Trading

No addition or variation of these conditions will bind the practice unless it is specifically agreed in writing and signed by a Practice Director. No agent or person employed by, or under contract with, the practice has the authority to alter or vary these conditions in any way.