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, 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, standing procedure and does not require sedation or a general anaesthetic. All horses that undergo an endoscopic exam, will have a documented score of pharyngitis, laryngeal function, and grades of tracheal mucus and EIPH. Laboratory analysis from the retrieved tracheal fluid or lung can also be done at the same time with a cytological (IAD vs Infection) and culture (bacterial growth) report. '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 function - a common cause of poor performance in the equine athlete (show jumper, dressage, eventer, racehorse, cutter).
The DRS enables the veterinarian to record the horse's upper airway function during ridden exercise. This can be performed across any discipline with a real time video being saved for post-exercise review (slowed to frame by frame with video software). Respiratory obstructions are then diagnosed and the video can be sent ahead of time to a referral surgical facility for corrective surgery. The DRS is portable, pain free and can eliminate incorrect diagnosis.
The DRS can be used at any location from racetrack to arena and is offered as part of our standard PPE’s with CEVS, 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.
Thermography or a 'heat camera' visualises the skin temperature of the horse in a gradient colour palette (white is hot and blue is cold). Thermography is very useful to confirm unusual unilateral or bilateral heat in the distal limbs of horses (ie hot foot may indicate an abscess, hot fetlock may indicate a fetlock osteochondral fragment). It is an excellent screening tool, free of charge with our comprehensive clinical exams and aids our veterinarians with confidence to progress to nerve blocks and diagnostics. The images are easily downloaded and can be sent onsite to an owner/agent, giving them a visual display for the telephone description.