The WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre offers a range of resources for diagnosing and treating lameness in horses — including an experienced team of board-certified surgeons and internists, clinical associates and veterinary technologists.
The Ryan/Dubé Equine Performance Centre allows clinical teams to conduct a full evaluation of a lame horse in motion. Clinicians can also observe a horse's gait on soft and hard surfaces, and when it's on a saddle, on a longe line or moving at liberty. The centre's resources include:
- A permanent longeing arena that's critical for accurate diagnosis and detection of many subtle unilateral or bilateral issues in horses.
- An equine standing MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) unit that allows medical imaging specialists to scan the equine foot and lower limb while the sedated horse is standing.
- A high-speed equine treadmill that enables clinicians to conduct gait analysis and exercise performance profiling.
- An indoor paved runway that allows clinicians to conduct examinations on a smooth, even surface 365 days of the year.
- A computerized force plate that clinicians can use to detect differences between the front and hind limbs and differences between a horse's left and right sides due to lameness.
- A farrier's room where local farriers can provide corrective trimming and shoeing services and hoof analysis for equine patients.
- A multi-purpose area with a restraint stock.
The Large Animal Clinic has additional tools that are used to diagnose equine lameness:
- digital radiography
- nuclear scintigraphy
Lameness treatment and rehabilitation
The WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre's clinical team provide a variety of lameness therapy options:
- minimally invasive surgery (arthroscopy)
- joint therapy and/or injections
- Game Ready™ therapy
- therapeutic farriery
- anti-inflammatory medication and pain management
- wound care and management
- rehabilitative therapies