Many sick neonatal foals require a high level of veterinary and nursing input to maximise the possibility of a successful outcome.
There are two dedicated specially equipped boxes for care of our most critically ill foals and there are further large mare and foal boxes available in the hospital yard for foals requiring less intensive levels of care or fostering.
The unit enables the foal team to provide extensive monitoring, support and treatment of the sickest foals, applying where appropriate techniques and standards of care used in the human field. We have a full complement of equipment needed for intensive care, including mechanical ventilation, temperature controlled beds, cardiopulmonary monitoring, blood gas analysis and on-site clinical pathology equipment. We are able to provide 24 hour specialised veterinary and nursing care with laboratory back-up throughout the foaling season.
As neonatal intensive care costs can be extremely high, during the first 24 hours after admission, we will evaluate the foal's problems and attempt to reach a realistic prognosis and estimate of costs for on-going treatment in order to assist our clients in making the right decisions in the specific circumstances.
Colleagues in practice who are interested in arranging a referral on these terms should contact Celia Marr, Andrew McGladdery or Emily Haggett to discuss this option.