Clinical Activities and Procedures

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Several board-certified equine surgeons are available 24-hours-a-day to treat your horse. Wide ranges of soft tissue, internal and orthopedic surgeries are performed on horses at the VMTH. Our surgical faculty and resident veterinarians will immediately evaluate, diagnose, and if necessary, perform surgery on your horse if an emergency should arise. Our surgeons provide the most advanced surgical techniques available, including minimally-invasive approaches such as arthroscopy, laparoscopy, thoracoscopy, lithotripsy, and endoscopic laser surgery. Decisions regarding the surgical approaches and techniques to be used, either traditional or minimally invasive, are always made with the goal of optimizing patient outcome.

Advanced Fracture Repair

Orthopedic injuries can be devastating to large animal patients. In addition to traditional fracture repair techniques, our equine surgical specialists use state-of-the-art advanced orthopedic techniques. These include pioneering the use of the Accu-trak screw in horses and applying the advantages of the locking compression plate to fracture repair. These techniques minimize irritation to nearby structures, while maximizing repair strength and improving the healing response. Our orthopedic surgeons are continually seeking new ways to improve the success rate and outcome for horses with these life-threatening injuries.

Anesthesia and Pain Management

Safe anesthesia of large animal patients requires a comprehensive and customized approach to each patient. Our experienced team of board-certified anesthesia clinicians and technicians determine the best approach for each patient by combining pain management strategies with up-to-date techniques and individually-managed recoveries. This innovative group anesthetizes a wide variety of large animal species and provides invaluable expertise for the management of chronic or severe pain in non-anesthetized patients throughout the hospital.