OVAH Equine Clinic

About our clinic

This purpose-built facility and boasts an enclosed barn with 43 well-ventilated, roomy and well-lit indoor stables. Spacious work-up areas for both surgical and medical services are positioned in the front of the clinic. A dual-purpose work-up area is available with a specialised padded crush for the theriogenology department, as well as endoscopy evaluation or standing surgeries (i.e. tie-back surgeries, upper respiratory laser surgeries, etc). 

Fully padded, air-conditioned induction/recovery boxes, with piped oxygen, ensure the safe induction and recovery of horses undergoing surgeries or CT. 

Another spacious special procedure area is available for special surgical procedures, such as standing laparoscopic nephrosplenic space closures and abdominally retained cryptorchid stallions. All the work-up areas have modified crushes with rotating sides that aid in ease of treatment and the safety of staff and patients. A ‘Shekel-Merav 2000’ scale provides accurate weights of all our patients to ensure that all of our medical treatments are the best that we can offer.

Our barn features the following:

  • 13 intensive care stables
  • 22 general care stables
  • 4 foaling stables
  • 4 semi-isolation stables 

Due to the large foal case load, we will soon have six foaling stables available. 

Intensive care and high-risk patients are given specialised attention and extra precautions are taken to ensure their recovery and comfort. The stables are equipped with piped oxygen, drip hooks and electric points for the use of Braun infusion pumps. Strict biosecurity measures are ensured through the use of barrier nursing (gloves and protective gowns) and the use of footbaths outside high-risk patient’s stables. Disinfectant footbaths are situated at all major entry points to the clinic – this ensures that our clinic is kept as clean and hygienic as possible. To ensure the safety of our in-house patients, we have two isolation stables that are located on the perimeter of the hospital to maintain the highest level of biosecurity and prevent spread of disease.

Mares with foals at foot, large breed horses and laminitis cases can be provided with fully-kitted, roomy double-stables with piped oxygen. Partitions, through which they are able to see and touch each other, can be placed to separate foals and mares when necessary.

Horses suffering from neurological problems are accommodated in comfortable air-conditioned, fully-padded double stables which also have the facility to sling recumbent horses should it be necessary. There is an animal rehabilitation centre on-site with a whirlpool facility available which can be used to aid in the physiotherapy of foals.

Veterinary surgeons in the Equine Clinic have high-tech equipment and two state-of-the-art theatres at their disposal with padded induction/recovery boxes. Full surgical facilities are available 24/7 to perform routine and emergency surgeries. The talent and dedication of the veterinarians, nursing staff and stable-hands provide unparalleled care in South Africa. 

On-site services available:

  • Endoscopy (gastroscopy as well as resting and dynamic airway endoscopy)
  • ECG (including Telemetric ECG)
  • Ultrasonography
  • Digital radiography
  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Nuclear imaging (scintigraphy)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) - coming soon
  • Full 24/7 surgical facilities (routine and emergency procedures, including soft tissue surgery and orthopaedics)

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