Crown Equine veterinarians understand just how critical it is for your horse to be diagnosed correctly and offer you a comprehensive range of imaging modalities. We have several state of the art, mobile, digital radiography units that are wireless and portable which is ideal for performing radiography in the field. Furthermore, recent advancement in technology allows us on-site to email images, within minutes, to the client, agent or a referring veterinary hospital if a horse needs immediate surgery or consent.
Our vast experience in the field of radiology makes our practice a sought-after service for x-ray imaging. Our technology provides world class X-ray quality, which makes the diagnosis easier and we also use these images in our comprehensive reports which are part of the consultation. For more complex cases, we have a global network of specialists to whom we can refer to for a second opinion, usually within 24hours.
Note. Dr. Mason has a post graduate qualification in Radiology and is available for second opinion referrals. Please see Referrals for more information.
Crown Equine veterinarians are highly experienced in sonology and use state of art, battery operated, portable ultrasound scanners that are ideal for stable side examinations. Our machines have high frequency linear probes for tendon and suspensory evaluation, as well as a lower frequency curvilinear probe for pleural, pelvis and abdominal examinations. The scanners also have a whole other range of functions including power Doppler, comparative measuring as well as motion capture. Image quality is also world class and can be uploaded in seconds next to the horse on a USB stick for our clients or sent via email to an agent, referral hospital or overseas client.
Extracorporal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is the latest treatment therapy for musculoskeletal and soft tissue pain in horses. There has been recent literature showing the benefits for this non-invasive, sedation-free procedure which provides not only successful relief of acute and chronic pain, but also restores mobility and promotes faster healing by stimulating bone growth, tissue regeneration and the release of endorphins.
Crown Equine uses shockwave therapy weekly on horses recovering from suspensory desmitis, tendonitis, joint osteo-arthritis and back pain. The system is portable, light weight and can be transported to the horse’s stable. Horse’s tolerate the modality easily and the treatment time is usually less than 15 minutes. We use best practice SOP for the type of shockwave for the area requiring treatment. Please call the clinic for your horse to be appraised by one of our veterinarians and to discuss shockwave therapy as an aid to healing your horse’s injury.
Crown Equine veterinarians are highly experienced at performing endoscopy in performance horses and racehorses, alike. We also can provide video and still capture of each endoscopic procedure. ‘Scoping’ is quick, non-invasive, performed standing and does not require sedation or a general anaesthetic. All horses that undergo an endoscopic exam, will have a documented score of pharyngitis, laryngeal grade, tracheal mucus and EIPH. Fluid analysis from a tracheal wash can also be done at the same time with a cytological (IAD vs Infection) and culture (bacterial growth) report provided by our referring laboratory. Tracheal washes can provide a better insight into pulmonary health and give better direction to a more specific treatment regimes.
Dynamic Respiratory Endoscopy
Our state of the art Optomed remote Dynamic Respiratory Scope (DRS) is an invaluable tool for the diagnosis and treatment of equine upper airway disease - a common cause of poor performance in the equine athlete (show jumper, dressage,evener, racehorse, cutter).
The DRS enables the vet to assess remotely, the horse upper airway during normal exercise. This can be performed across any discipline and shows a real time image that allows post-exercise analysis to determine the causes of airway obstruction. The DRS is portable, pain free and can dramatically reduces the time required to make a diagnosis.
This can be used at any location from racetrack to arena. DRS is also offered as part of our standard PPE’s at Crown Equine, upon request.
Crown Equine veterinarians utilize advanced portable electrocardiography (ECG) devices to get an immediate apprasial of the horse’s heart rhythm. This is usually done while the horse is in the stable or immediately after exercise. The technology allows the ECG trace to be emailed within seconds to a referral cardiac specialist, equine hospital centre or the trainer/owner for their records.
Crown Equine Veterinary Services refers all biological samples to a world class laboratory for testing with a turnaround time on the same day. We can perform routine hematology, biochemistry, cytology, tissue/fluid cultures, histopathology, faecal egg counts, skin scrapes and biopsies on your horses. We can also provide a service for elective drug screening especially for pre-purchase exams.
Do you have a coughing horse? Crown Equine Veterinary Services can perform a thorough stable analysis for the main cause of coughing horses - dust, which includes dust particle mapping. Measurements taken on site can be compared to adjacent stables and benchmark readings from a ‘normal’ stable environment. We can isolate potential environmental causes for your horse to be coughing and give reasonable solutions to fix the problem.