The equine team is headed by Katie Smith, a board-certified equine surgery specialist, who deals with both routine and emergency orthopaedic and soft tissue surgeries.The majority of our surgical cases require horses to be placed under general anaesthesia, which is carried out under the expert care of Cambridge University’s veterinary anaesthesia department. Our facilities are equipped with purpose-built recovery stalls in which our patients are assisted to stand during recovery from anaesthesia to make the procedure as safe as possible.

Types of surgery that are most frequently performed that require general anesthesia include colic surgery to explore the abdomen, arthroscopy to treat injuries to the joints or tendon sheaths, surgery to treat upper airway (wind) disorders, splint bone fractures,cryptorchid castrations and hernia repairs in young horses.

Where possible, we elect to do more surgeries with the horses conscious and standing. These are performed in the stocks in the surgery suite, with the horse under heavy sedation and using local anaesthesia techniques, such as epidurals.

We offer minimally invasive surgeries, such as laparoscopy for some abdominal procedures and sinoscopy to treat sinus conditions of the head, which typically result in decreased patient discomfort and convalescent times.

For further enquiries, please contact Kate Smith on: 01223 746571

First Opinion Practice
To book a routine visit or get emergency help (24 hours), please call: 01223 760535
Equine Hospital
To make an appointment or refer a horse in as an emergency (24 hours): 01223 746571
01223 337621
Cambridge Vet School
RCVS Accredited

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