We have designated linear ultrasound scanners which can be used for examination of horses, ponies and in some cases larger donkeys. They are used for tendon scanning during lameness work ups and in follow ups, scanning mares before, during and after service to detect any problems and determine if they are pregnant. We also have access to a sector scanner which enables us to scan other areas of the body including the heart, lungs, eye and some parts of the abdomen. All of our scanners are fully portable so can be used either in the practice or out in the field.
Portable X-ray machine
We have a digital X-ray machine which is designed for use both in the field and in the practice. With the digital processor, the images are available within minutes of the X-ray being taken, right there “horse-side” with no need to run back to the surgery. This allows us to come and X-ray horses which are unable to travel into the surgery for examination, including horses with suspected fractures which would be made unstable by transport and laminitics.
We have a portable endoscope (sometimes called a “magic-eye”) which can be used in the field or in the practice. It allows us to view the larynx and trachea of the horse, and down into the oesophagus. This can be is very useful in assessing horses suffering from poor performance, COPD and broken wind. The endoscope can also be useful in cases of problem breeders for good visualisation of the cervix.
Stables for patient hospitalisation
The practice has two stables to allow for hospitalisation of horses, donkeys and foals which enables us to care for more complicated and difficult cases without having to make multiple visits to your yard. It also allows us to offer intensive care to the most sick cases, as our nurses are happy to care for them aswell. The stables are large and spacious with a special rubberised floor making them both comfortable and easily cleaned. We have facilities which allow for IV fluid administration for our in patients.
The knockdown box is used for induction of anaesthesia and we also use it as our operating theatre. The box is heavily padded and easy to clean and disinfect. It offers a safe and comfortable environment for your animals to come round from their anaesthetic and they remain in here until they are steady enough to be moved back to their box.
Our purpose built stocks provide a safe environment for both horse and vet for assessment of problems. They are used for scanning, X-rays, dentistry, injury assessment and standing surgery under sedation. We find that horses are more settled in them, and we can often undertake procedures which may require heavy sedation out on the yard with minimal to no sedation.
The practice has a fully stocked pharmacy and drugs which are not in stock are generally available for collection the following day. We do ask that you provide us with 24-hours to put repeat prescriptions ready as these have to be dispensed by a vet.
24-hour nurse cover on site
We have experienced nurses on site 24/7 many of whom own their own horses. They help to vets to monitor the patients overnight and aid in their care.
We have a laboratory on site which provides use with the ability to run bloods and urine sample on site enabling rapid diagnosis and easy monitoring for both animals on site or in the field. We can also send samples away to external laboratories to run further specialist tests. The lab is also used for worm egg counting.