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Experts in equine health

Founded at Lower Giles Hill Farm, Shelf in 1995, our equine surgical and diagnostic unit is conveniently located at Shelf, near Halifax with easy access from the M62/M606 and the A58. Here, we carry out investigations, most diagnostic imaging procedures (such as ultrasound and x-rays) and surgery (including orthopaedic procedures and colics).
Founded at Lower Giles Hill Farm, Shelf in 1995, our equine surgical and diagnostic unit is conveniently located at Shelf, near Halifax with easy access from the M62/M606 and the A58. Here, we carry out investigations, most diagnostic imaging procedures (such as ultrasound and x-rays) and surgery (including orthopaedic procedures and colics).
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Experts in equine health

We are a proudly independent veterinary practice, dedicated to providing the best service for our patients and their owners. Our Shelf Equine Hospital was founded at Lower Giles Hill Farm, in 1995, and has expanded to our practices in Sheffield and Cheshire. Our team of over 30 equine veterinary surgeons provide a full range of services for our clients and referring veterinary practices. 

We have a large team of dedicated equine veterinary surgeons, equine veterinary nurses and support staff. Click below to meet our team.
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Sheila CockcroftSheila Cockcroft
18:26 09 Mar 24
Excellent equine vets
19:29 17 Feb 24
Nice team, highly qualified and welcoming.
Jadie Beth CharlesJadie Beth Charles
22:40 30 Jan 24
12:59 11 Aug 23
Judith klausJudith klaus
14:13 07 Sep 22
Equine vets par excellence. We have had horses with them for decades. Excellent facilities always being updated. Excellent vets especially orthopaedic and lovely support staff
Lynn ElwoodLynn Elwood
18:14 01 Jul 22
Lovely people very professional and reassuring helped my Bonnie and put our minds at ease with her diagnosis. Thank you 💓
Lesley MollanLesley Mollan
18:01 28 Apr 22
I have an old horse who I absolutely adore, he has various health issues and I have to mention Seamus the Irish vet. He is brilliant with Murphy and very patient with me being neurotic about my old boy! I am so grateful to him for always having time to thoroughly explain treatments and management of Murphy's ailments! And also a huge thank you to the lovely lady who works in the admin side (sorry I don't know your name) who is so friendly and helpful. Really appreciate you all. Thank you so much.
Francesca BardFrancesca Bard
18:57 29 Sep 21
Great service - without the expertise of the surgeon that performed surgery on my young horse’s stifle, he would be living out his days as a field ornament! Yet, having not only been given the all clear but exceeded expectations, he is back in work without the slightest sign of lameness. The first opinion vet said that this is certainly down to the skills of the surgeon, so thank you all for taking great care of the young boy and helping him come out the other side brilliantly (without breaking the bank too!!)
Sam BoundsSam Bounds
13:25 03 Mar 24
Nikki O'LoughlinNikki O'Loughlin
01:45 20 Nov 23
Michelle RossMichelle Ross
16:19 17 Aug 23
Fantastic place
Heather FullwoodHeather Fullwood
20:38 14 Jul 23
Experienced vets for horses
Lucy ChamberlainLucy Chamberlain
18:13 15 Sep 22
I cannot recommend this place any more. Absolutely fantastic vet, super clean environment, caring and knowledgeable. I went on a scoping day, everything was very smooth and stress free. The vet (Alexis) was so super knowledgeable she actually diagnosed kissing spine just by looking at my horse and confirmed by xray. I'll be using these guys for everything from now on. Thank you for the great service and your care.
Nicola keating-bellNicola keating-bell
20:39 07 Apr 22
Big thank you for getting my Boy back 5o full fitness after a tendon injury many thanks Elexis, excellant service as always.
Lauren BrownLauren Brown
11:16 04 Nov 21
Best vets by far, all the girls are really nice and helpful at the clinic and always make you feel at ease when you go up. My horse recently had an injury in the field and Alicia came out to see him last Tuesday , she got him all stitched up and has done the most fantastic job! She came to take the stitches out today and we are both very impressed with the result. She has done a unreal job and she is very professional, she's gave me some aftercare advise and I know I can always email the vets or call with any worries and they will do their best to get back to me with answers asap. Will never use another vets , thankyou all! x
Suzanne SmithSuzanne Smith
13:51 12 Feb 24
Absolutely the best equine vets in Cheshire. Friendly, helpful, and extremely nice .
Alex WatsonAlex Watson
18:49 26 Nov 23
Chloe MayChloe May
09:50 16 Nov 23
Sarah DaviesSarah Davies
19:51 23 Oct 23
Jenna TyldesleyJenna Tyldesley
11:11 30 May 23
Gone RidingGone Riding
12:49 11 Sep 22
Brilliant vets and fantastic nurses. Wish my horses didn't need them but I'm super grateful they are there when they do!
Ann MasonAnn Mason
16:38 28 Jul 22
An amazing place, all the staff are very helpful and very friendly, told me everything they were doing with Jilly.
Shirley ClarkeShirley Clarke
14:23 07 Jul 22
All the staff are very kind and polite and made sure they let us know exactly what they were doing and why. I would recommend highly.great practice.
Michelle RossiterMichelle Rossiter
16:38 07 Apr 22
Exceptional care from Peter and his team for my veteran. Keeping him going strong into his old age - thank you!

Our Services

Hird & Partners have a well-established history of providing services to our own clients and those of referring veterinary surgeons, including lameness investigation, surgery, in-patient intensive care.

Below are a list of our general services- click to see more. To see a list of specific services for each of our locations, please visit their respective pages.
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Emergency care

Our Halifax, Sheffield and Cheshire teams all provide an emergency on the road service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

Shelf Equine Hospital also provides 24 hour hospital care, including admissions for emergency surgery and medical case management. Contact the repespective clinic phone numbers to make contact with the on-call vet.

Halifax: 01422 354106
Sheffield: 01709 911900
Cheshire: 01829 708222

Our equine department in numbers

Hird & Partners have an experienced, professional and caring team, who aim to provide a high-quality service for our patients and their owners. 
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Equine veterinary surgeons
Equine general anaesthetics per year
In-patient stables at Shelf Equine Hospital
Years' experience amongst our equine vets 

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We are always available as a source of advice to the less experienced or new farm animal owner. Our owner and smallholder client evenings aim to help educate and inform owners on the best way to care for their animals, common problems they may encounter and how to deal with them.
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