SPORT HORSES & LEISURE HORSES
Our equine team are experienced, first opinion vets who carry out routine stable visits to our sports and leisure horse clients across a wide area of Canterbury and the surrounding.
Services include pre-purchase examinations, routine healthcare, lameness and medical examinations and treatment, preventive medicine (e.g. vaccinations, routine dentistry, advice on management), reproductive services for mares and stallions and emergency treatments for colic, wounds and other injuries.
We have a full range of portable diagnostic equipment, including digital endoscopy, radiography and ultrasonography. This allows our vets to diagnose and treat successfully a wide variety of conditions at stable yards. However, more complex diagnostic, medical and surgical cases can be referred quickly to our equine hospital and diagnostic centre, where specialist expertise and facilities are available.
Routine appointments can be made Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm on 03 349 4791.
Our services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and in the case of an emergency, you can contact us on 0274 714 608 to speak to a vet to receive immediate advice or to request a call-out.
Our vets can carry out lameness examinations at your yard, where they will examine your horse, watch it walk and carry out joint palpation and flexion to assess which limb or limbs are involved. They may then request to see the horse being trotted up, lunged or ridden. If it is immediately apparent what is causing the lameness (e.g. a wound, penetration injury, etc.), the vet will be able to advise on the most appropriate treatment.
Other cases may require nerve blocks to localise the site of pain, combined with diagnostic imaging (using portable radiography or ultrasonography) in order for the vet to determine the structures involved and diagnose the cause of the lameness. The vet will then recommend appropriate management and/or treatment and give a prognosis for the injury.
More complex lameness cases may require an in-depth investigation by our specialist clinicians, using advanced imaging techniques, such as MRI, CT or scintigraphy (bone scanning) and we may then recommend referral to our equine hospital.