Lameness

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.

Lameness diagnosis

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
  • ultrasonography
  • 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
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