We offer out-patients appointments from Monday to Friday at our Hospital and at our Diagnostic Centre for horses that require a specific examination - for example, for a dermatological condition; for those who are referred to us for particular investigations such as radiographic or ultrasound examinations; or for horses who come to us to receive specific treatments. Horses that return to our Hospital for follow-up examinations normally do so as out-patients.
The duration of your horse’s visit to our Hospital or Diagnostic Centre may vary from one to two hours (e.g. for radiographs), to an entire day (MRI imaging), and will depend on the type of examination or treatment for which it is admitted. Horses sometimes require sedation prior to an examination or treatment, following which they will be stabled and monitored by our yard staff until the sedation has worn off and your horse is safe to travel home.
Many examinations are performed on an out-patient basis, including a large number of poor performance and cardiac evaluations. Owners of horses admitted for these investigations will be asked to bring their tack as it may be necessary for our clinicians to see the horse being ridden. Ideally, your horse should be accompanied by its usual rider, but if this is not convenient we can arrange for one of our own staff to ride your horse, with your permission.
Horses admitted for exercise tests should be shod. Some exercise tests may be undertaken on local gallops, necessitating road transport for your horse to the exercise area for the examination.
Detailed plans for specific cases can be made when your referring veterinary surgeon discusses the case with our clinicians.