At the VEH we have the equipment to be able to diagnose problems quickly and efficiently. Some of our most commonly used diagnostic techniques are:
- Lameness evaluation -We offer complete hospital and yard lameness evaluations using the latest technology and techniques. We have firm and soft trotting and lunging areas, a lunge pen and ample area to observe the horse ridden under tack if needed. A farrier is available on request.
- Digital radiography – we offer digital radiography for both our hospital and ambulatory patients. Digital radiographs provide an instant image avoiding the need for to wait for chemical development and retakes. We have multiple wireless units available for our vets to use on yards, even those without power. we also have a more powerful static unit within the hospital for imaging deeper body parts eg. spine.
- Digital ultrasonography – ultrasound is used primarily to evaluate tendons and ligaments and in some instances bone and other soft tissues.
- Nuclear Scintigraphy (bone scan) – is used to diagnose stress fractures and other causes of lameness that may be difficult to diagnose by standard means. Valley Equine Hospital have invested in a brand new state-of-the-art scintigraphy machine. The hospital performs approximately 200 bone scans every year for investigation of musculoskeletal disorders.
- Digital endoscopy – Enabling the vet to see the throat, trachea and lower airway for use in respiratory problems. The reproductive tract, urinary tract and gastrointestinal tracts can also be evaluated.
- Digital overgroundendoscopy – These exams provide more accurate information on the function of the upper airway at exercise. Our system is lightweight and halter mounted, which makes putting on and removing it easy. This can be viewed whilst the horse is galloping and then the videos are transferred to a computer to be viewed by a specialist. Overground endoscopy may be carried out at the Valley Equine Hospital using the gallop adjacent to the practice or at a gallop of the trainer/client’s choosing. For further information please contact the hospital.
- Digital gastroscopy – Evaluation of the oesophagus, stomach and first section of the small intestine to evaluate ulcers, choke, foreign material, feed movement or diagnose various masses.
- Shock wave – We offer a focused extracorporeal shock wave unit that we use to treat a variety of musculoskeletal injuries. These include tendon and ligament injuries, sore backs, navicular disease, and superficial wounds.
- I-RAP – (Interleukin Receptor Antagonist Protein) therapy involves obtaining blood from your horse and extracting the IRAP anti-inflammatory proteins that counteracts the destructive effects of the inflammatory proteins within the inflamed or arthritic joint.
- PRP – (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy involves separating a sample of blood platelets from your horse, and re-injecting them once activated to release many growth factors to stimulate higher quality healing in tendons, ligaments, joints, tendon sheaths, wounds and tissue defects.
- Specialist remedial farriery performed under veterinary guidance.