Our lameness department is led by Rachel Tucker, who is one of the team of consultants. Rachel specialises in all aspects of lameness from racehorses and sports horses, to beloved family ponies. Rachel has worked in two of the largest hospitals in the South of England, most recently at the Royal Veterinary College, where she led research into tendon injuries and their rehabilitation.
Your lameness investigation will involve a complete gait evaluation by one of our specialists team, including a ridden assessment where necessary. Where appropriate it may be necessary to undertake diagnostic anaesthesia (nerve blocks) to identify the specific site of a lameness, and in many cases this is best done over several days to minimise distress to the horse and to ensure the most accurate interpretation. Your horse is very welcome to stay in the clinic during this process, and will be cared for 24/7 by our team of nurses and housevets.
Once lameness has been localised, the very latest wireless digital radiography (X-Ray) and ultrasound equipment may be used to gain further information and a prognosis for your horse. We also have access to nuclear scintigraphy (bone scan), MRI and CT imaging where necessary.
As well as a complete surgical service, we are able to offer all recognised treatments for your horse. These include joint medications, stem cell therapy, Platelet Rich Plasma (PrP), IRAP, laser wound therapy, Shockwave therapy, and many more.
Once treatment has been completed you will receive a copy of a comprehensive report written for your veterinary surgeon, as well a a specific set of written discharge instructions. Wherever possible follow-up examinations will be scheduled to take place with your own veterinary surgeon, but outpatient review appointments will be made with our specialists where required.