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Large Animal

Large Animal
Situated on acreage on the outskirts of town, the Benetook Veterinary Clinic boasts the only facility for the medical and surgical treatment of horses on site within 200kms. Horses can be hospitalised in stables, yards or irrigated paddocks.

-    A large equine shed has a purpose built crush for patient and staff safety.
-    Crush is adjustable for different sized horses
-    Dental extension to crush for dental procedures
-    Scales can weigh the largest of horses.
-    There is a padded anaesthetic knock down and recovery room
-    A gantry with crane or winch can move horses to the equine operating table
-    Hydraulic x-ray stand removes need for hand holding of equine x-ray machine
-    Portable ultrasound with colour doppler
-    Under cover stables for intensive care cases, foal care or if inclement weather
-    Yards for horses pre and post surgery, and for cases requiring ongoing medical treatment
-    Flood lighting installed for night time observation
-    Large and long exercise paddocks for horses recovering from colic and needing irrigated pasture, or for the assessment of specific lamenesses with lungeing area
-    Shade trees and permanent town water supply
Routine Procedures
-    Consultations and heath checks
-    Vaccinations including Tetanus Strangles and Hendra Virus
-    Microchipping of pleasure horses and Stud Book Thoroughbreds
-    Dental examinations and treatments with Power Float as necessary
-    Nutritional advice and internal and external parasite control
-    Pre-purchase examinations and health checks for insurance
-    Geldings under general anaesthetic, or standing with sedation and local anaesthetic
-    Wounds and emergency trauma surgery
-    Soft tissue surgery such as lump removals and biopsies
-    Medial patella desmotomies, hernia repair, intra-articular injections fetlock, knee, hock, stifle
-    Rarely - colic surgery
-    Reproductive surgeries including caslicks
-    Tooth extractions and floating
-    Ophthalmic procedures such as third eyelid flaps, enucleation, indwelling palpebral catheters
-    In House laboratory equipment available for Haematology, Biochemistry and equine profiles
-    Microscopic exam - cytology, blood smears, gram and diff quick stains, FNA, fluid analysis
-    Post mortems
Radiology and Imaging
-    Digital CR radiology, soft tissue and orthopaedic x-rays
-    Ultrasound with colour doppler for pregnancy diagnosis, follicle scanning, tendon injuries
-    Endoscopy with flexible scope
Medicine and Emergencies
-    Colic cases - medical treatment with analgesia, intravenous fluid therapy and appropriate drenching, hospitalisation
-    Traumatic injuries and lacerations, bandaging and casting
-    Laminitis and Cushings Disease diagnosis treatment and monitoring
-    Reproduction - cycling mares for chilled semen AI, twin reduction
-    Acupuncture
Referral to Specialists for
-    Specialised medical diagnosis and imaging, scintigraphy and CT
-    Specialist orthopaedic surgery, arthroscopies, colic surgery, tendon surgery, stem cell treatments, tie-back surgery
-    Specialist laboratory diagnosis - histopathology, cancer diagnosis
-    Individual yards, stables and irrigated paddocks
Euthanasia and Disposal
- Home visit euthanasia available