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Equine Medicine and Surgery

 

The majority of our equine work is performed on farms. We can also see animals at both clinics.

Information on: Pre-purchase, reproduction, vaccines, injuries, products & micro-chipping can be found below.

Pre-purchase Examinations

Pre-purchase examinations are often requested by a potential buyer of a horse. The objective is to reduce the buyer’s risks in relationship to the general health and athletic soundness of the horse for sale. The examination is not meant to guarantee soundness of the horse, but is an attempt, on the part of the veterinarian, to ascertain any pre-existing problems or any potential problems that may affect future soundness.
These can be performed by all our veterinarians and is done under the Equine Veterinarians of Australia guidelines.

A full 4 page report is provided at the completion of the examination.

Injuries & Illness

We attend to all types of injuries and illness both in the field and at the clinic 24 hours a day.
Injuries that require suturing need to be seen fresh in order to get good skin adhesion. Wound management options can be discussed with your veterinarian and if suturing is not an option, then other treatments can be done. Blood samples can be collected and analysed later at the clinic. We also have a good working relationship with local equine specialist clinics should referral for intensive care or surgery be required.

Some of the more common conditions seen by the veterinary staff include lameness examinations, injuries, suturing of fresh cuts, colic, foot abscesses, arthritis, sore eyes, tumour evaluation or removal, and skin disease.

Vaccination & Micro-chipping

All our veterinarians are accredited to micro-chip horses. No sedation is necessary, the chip is injected into the nuchal ligament of the neck and the chip is registered with the Australasian Animal Registry. We also do breed society horse certifications, some of which require micro-chipping at the same time.

Tetanus, Strangles and the associated boosters are kept in stock at all times.
Horses are one of the most susceptible animals to tetanus and so vaccination to protect them year-round is the best prevention. If your horse gets a wound and has unknown tetanus vaccination history, then an ‘anti-toxin” injection is advised in case there is already bacteria present in the wound.

Information on when and how to give tetanus vaccinations can be found “here  ”  or we can visit and give the vaccinations if owners feel uncomfortable giving them themselves.

Hendra virus vaccine can be ordered in if required.

A  Hendra Virus vaccine is now available for all horse owners in Victoria and New South Wales. Hendra Virus is a deadly disease that can kill horses and humans. To date it has only been recorded in horses in New South Wales and Queensland. Sadly:-

· 70 horses have died or been euthanized due to Hendra virus

· 4 people have died from Hendra virus

· 7 people have contracted Hendra virus

Fruit bats (flying foxes) are the natural hosts of the virus and the virus has been found in fruit bats nation wide.It is thought that the virus is passed from bats to horses via feed contaminated with bat urine, faeces or body fluids. It is then spread to other horses or humans through contact with respiratory secretions and or blood.
Symptoms in horses are proving to be very variable and can include:

– a sudden fever;

– increased heart rate;

– discomfort/weight shifting between legs

– laboured breathing;

– frothy or blood-stained nasal discharge; and

– neurological changes such as loss of vision, muscle twitching or loss of balance.

As you can see the signs are quite varied and can mimic many diseases such as colic, snake bite, pneumonia and laminitis.

Symptoms in humans include flu-like illness that can develop into pneumonia or encephalitis and death.

Vaccination The vaccine is available for all horses, although its use in pregnant horses hasn’t been established.  It involves 2 injections given 3 weeks apart initially and must be given by an accredited veterinarian. All horses must be micro-chipped and are then entered into a database that generates a vaccination certificate. All the large animal veterinarians at our clinic are accredited to give the vaccine, however we only order the vaccine in as required so please make any bookings at a week in advance to allow us to receive the vaccine from our supplier. Any questions about Hendra Virus or the vaccine please don’t hesitate to call and talk to one of our helpful vets.

Worming / Products in stock

We stock a range of products relevant to horses, including but not limitedhorse products to a variety of worming pastes, wound sprays and insecticides. Many owners prefer our veterinarians to perform a stomach tube worm drench which can be done at the clinic or on a home visit.