Equine Veterinary Services

Our staff is proud to offer a wide variety of equine veterinary services, utilizing minimally invasive surgical technologies for high-performance horses and equine athletes. Our team of dedicated staff have the experience and expertise, as both veterinarians and horsemen, to treat any equine condition in racing breeds and sport horses, breeding stock, Western disciplines, and more. 

If you would like more information on these services or have additional questions, please contact us via email at CESH@purdue.edu or call us at 317-398-1980 and we will be happy to assist you.

Arthrodesis

One of the most common reasons for lameness in the equine patient is degenerative joint disease, also known as arthritis. This is a common and debilitating condition that leads to lameness, a loss of performance, and significant discomfort in the horse. With joint injuries, the aim should always be to provide treatment before the joint degenerates, but in cases where degeneration has begun, arthrodesis of the affected joint can be an effective means of providing pain relief.

Learn more about our Arthosdesis Procedures

Arthroscopy, Bursoscopy & Tenoscopy

Arthroscopy, bursoscopy, and tenoscopy are the preferred surgical procedures to perform joint surgery in horses and diagnose joint disease. These minimally invasive surgical procedures allow the surgeon to insert a small camera into the body through an incision and display images from inside the body on a video monitor.

Learn more about our Arthoscopy, Buroscopy & Tenoscopy Procedures

Laparoscopy

Laparoscopy can be used to view the intestinal tract and to take biopsies of most abdominal structures. Thanks to improvements in lighting technology, this technique has been developed to examine the equine abdomen and diagnose and treat an array of conditions.

Learn more about our Laparoscopy Procedures

Tie Forward Surgery

Permanent or intermittent displacement of the soft palate is a common condition in race horses. Due to a stressful event, often during exercise, anatomical instability or inflammation of nerve tissue in the airway causes the soft palate to flip above the epiglottis. This causes a loud expiratory airway noise and respiratory compromise, which is bad for race and performance horses. Horses with dorsal displacement of the soft palate (DDSP) will make gurgling and choking noises, and will struggle to breathe and maintain speed.

Learn more about our Tie Forward Surgical Procedures

Diagnostic Image of a horse's hoof

Computed Tomography

Computed tomography (CT) scans provide rapid, cross-sectional images that can be used to detect problems in tissue structures. Our 4-DDI standing CT machine allows horses to walk in-between for more efficient processing. Because the horse is able to avoid general anesthesia, it makes imaging faster and safer for both the horse and the practitioner.

Digital Imaging

Digital radiography (digital x-ray) uses a digital device to instantly capture images. This method has the advantages of immediate image availability as well as using less radiation needed to produce an image.

Floroscopic Imaging

Fluoroscopy is used to obtain real-time images to aid in the diagnosis of tracheal and esophageal abnormalities.

Nuclear Imaging

Nuclear imaging is used to evaluate organ function or localize bone disease such as stress fractures or tumor metastasis. 

Ultrasound Imaging

Ultrasound machines are used to produce images of organs, tendons, and soft tissue, using high-frequency sound waves.  Unlike a traditional x-ray, there is no radiation exposure.

Over the Ground Endoscopy

Using an endoscope, this advanced form of respiratory endoscopy allows assessment of the upper airway of an exercising horse.

Stationary Endoscopy

Using an endoscope, we are able to take images of the body as it passes through the area, such as an esophagus, intestine, or airway.

Laser surgery comes with many advantages over traditional surgical methods, including less bleeding and swelling, greater precision, and faster recovery times.

Interleukin Receptor Antagonist Proteins (IRAP)

This anti-inflammatory therapy blocks interleukin-1, one of the major inflammatory substances the body releases in the event of injury, from causing inflammation. Managing the inflammation process improves the natural healing and repair processes in the injured area.

Platelet Rich Plasma

PRP therapy delivers a high concentration of platelet growth factors to a lesion, which promotes healing. This is a useful treatment to assist healing tendon injuries and more.

Stem Cells

Stem cell treatments aid in inflammation reduction and help fill in lesions with proper fiber alignment.

Non-invasive shock wave therapy for equine patients assists in healing musculoskeletal, soft-tissue, and bone injuries by reducing inflammation and stimulating the healing process.

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