The Hospital & Facilities
A large component of our practice is ambulatory health care.
This is where we visit the horses at our clients’ properties, agistment or training complexes. This is usually most convenient for clients, especially when they have several horses that need attention, emergency situations or horses that are difficult to transport. Many clients elect to have their horses seen at the hospital instead, even for routine procedures. There is a financial advantage in this in that no traveling fee is charged and there is a reduced consultation fee. But more importantly is that facilities are available, which enable a better diagnosis and treatment with far less difficulty.
Examples are as simple as:
where the horse can be quietly confined and examined. The area can be darkened to observe the fundus of the eye. Wounds can be cleaned with warm water hose. Standing surgery can be undertaken in a clean environment. Radiographs are taken on a level surface- important for diagnostic views. Nursing help and diagnostic instruments are readily at hand, negating the need for a repeat visit for further tests as may be the case in a field setting.
sometimes known as a crush- designed for horses. Furthur constrains a horse where invasive procedures are undertaken. Has kick doors to protect handlers, examiners and equipment from injury. Useful for rectal examinations, obstetrics, endoscopic investigations, ultrasounds and dental procedures.
is invaluable in lameness situations. It gives a hard concussive surface to better appreciate gait changes and lameness’s during the trot up component of the examination.
allows further appreciation of gait changes in lameness or pre-purchase examinations. It provides a good footing for lunging and ridden components of these examinations in a safer environment.
for convalescence of horses that need protection from the environment or confinement. Examples are where the horse has a cast or a splint; a foal with bent knees; medical management of colic or other conditions.
for horses that need daily attention, but do not need confinement. Horses that require daily injections may benefit from this accommodation. Often used by clients whilst they are on holidays to leave a pony that needs on going medication or observation eg. Cushings horses and founder ponies.
for mares that are at hospital for foaling down. These mares are monitored with electronic responders. When they are close to foaling they are transferred to large foaling boxes overnight so that they can also be under video surveillance.
General anesthesia and surgical facilities are provided on site for routine and emergency surgery. An overhead gantry and sling lifts the horses on to a mobile surgery table for sterile surgery.