Equine Surgery and Lameness Service
Surgery and Lameness
Two elective Equine Surgery and Lameness services provide indepth diagnostic evaluation and treatment for horses with a variety of orthopedic and soft tissue disorders. Regional and intraarticular analgesia and advanced imaging techniques are applied to facilitate diagnosis of challenging equine lameness. Other services offered include the diagnosis and treatment of upper respiratory conditions, sinus disease and dental abnormalities; surgical oncology; reconstructive surgery; minimally invasive surgical techniques such as arthroscopy, laparoscopy, and laser surgery via fiber optic endoscopes; and performance testing of equine athletes.
Sports Medicine and Athletic Performance
Capabilities in equine sports medicine have recently been enhanced significantly by completion of the Claire Giannini Hoffman Equine Athletic Performance Laboratory (EAPL). This state-of-the art climate controlled facility includes two high-speed Mustang treadmills, a video motion analysis system, and the laboratory equipment and support necessary to perform in-depth investigations of respiratory, cardiac, musculoskeletal, and metabolic causes of poor performance and exercise intolerance. The EAPL is home to an integrated multidisciplinary clinical and research equine sports medicine program anchored by Dr. Jim Jones, an internationally renowned equine exercise physiologist, and supported by faculty from the Equine Surgery and Lameness (Drs. MacDonald, Galuppo and VanHoogmoed), Ultrasound (Drs. Whitcomb and Vaughan), and Medicine (Dr. Aleman) services.
Surgical Emergency and Critical Care
The Surgical Emergency and Critical Care service provides 24-hour access to specialized emergency surgery, intensive care, and anesthesia services and laboratory support for the diagnostic evaluation and management of colic, trauma, orthopedic injury, and dystocia requiring surgical intervention.