Lameness Investigations

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.

Radiography

We offer digital radiography for both our hospital and ambulatory patients. We have multiple wireless units available to use on yards, even those without power. Our Equine Hospital houses a more powerful static unit for imaging deeper body parts.

Ultrasound

We use ultrasonogrpahy frequently for evaluation of the musculoskeletal system, abdomen, thorax and reproductive tract. This can be performed in the hospital or in an ambulatory setting.

Scintigraphy (Bone Scan)

Scintigraphy is used to diagnose stress fractures and other causes of lameness that may be difficult to diagnose by standard means. The horse is injected with radioactive isotope, following which areas of increased bone activity can be identified using a gamma camera.

Standing CT Scanner

Valley Equine Hospital has the first purpose built, stand alone, high resolution sICT in the world. CT uses ionising radiation like traditional x-rays, but unlike two dimensional x-rays it captures multiple images from different angles, combining them all to create a 3D image. The procedure is carried out using standing sedation and acquiring the scans takes just a few minutes. Standing CT is safe, effective and affordable and is an invaluable tool in diagnosing bone pathology.

Video Endoscopy

Frequently used to evaluation of respiratory conditions as it enables the vet to visualise the throat, trachea and lower airways. The reproductive tract, urinary tract and gastrointestinal tracts can also be visualised.

Overground Endoscopy

Overground Endoscopy provides accurate information on the function of the upper airway at exercise. Our system is lightweight and halter mounted. The upper airway is visualised while the horse is galloping and then reviewed digitally 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 trainers/clients choosing.

Gastroscopy

Allowing evaluation of the oesophagus, stomach and first section of the small intestine. The most frequent indication and diagnosis is gastric ulceration, however this is also a useful tool in identification and evaluation of foreign bodies, abnormal motility and masses.