Equine Clinic

The Equine Clinic is a state-of-the-art, custom-designed, 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 reproduction cases, as well as endoscopy evaluation or standing surgeries (i.e. standing 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 computed tomography (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.

The barn features 13 intensive care stables, 22 general care stables, 4 foaling stables and 4 semi-isolation stables. Due to the large foal case load, we will soon have 6 foaling stables available.

To ensure the safety of our in-house patients we have 2 isolation stables that are located on the perimeter of the hospital to maintain the highest level of biosecurity and prevent spread of disease.

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 (the use of 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.

Mares with foals at foot, large breed horses and laminitic 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.  

Diagnostic procedures available on site including endoscopy (gastroscopy as well as resting and dynamic airway endoscopy), ECG (including telemetric ECG), ultrasonography, digital radiography, computed tomography(CT), nuclear imaging (scintigraphy) and in the near future magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

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 which include soft tissue surgery and orthopaedics.

At Onderstepoort we have equine veterinarians who are specialists in the fields of equine medicine, surgery, anaesthesiology, reproduction and diagnostic imaging (radiography, ultrasonography, computed tomography (CT) and soon magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)). The talent and dedication of the veterinarians, nursing staff and stable-hands provide unparalleled care in South Africa. We offer one of the highest levels of biosecurity in veterinary hospitals in the world and we are committed to providing the horse-owning public with the best possible diagnostic and therapeutic care in this state-of -the-art-facility.

Bringing an equine patient to us

Call us to make an appointment.

ALL HOURS NUMBERS:  +27 529 8124 / 8284

For EMERGENCIES and AFTER-HOURS cases: +27 76 143 3655

If you are privately referred, please ask your veterinarian to fax or email the referral letter to us before you phone to make an appointment. Our fax no is + 27 12 529 8528, or email to [email protected]

If you plan to send your horse to us with someone else (i.e. transporters, stable manager), then we will need to fax or email you a registration form plus indemnity form which must be completed and faxed or emailed back to us, together with a copy of your ID document.

Mobile clinic for horse patients (08.00 – 16.00)

This service is available to help owners in the vicinity who are unable to transport their horse/s to us.

The vehicle operates daily within a 45 km radius from the campus. Horses outside of this area may be seen by special arrangement.

Please call us on +27 64 990 0063 to arrange for the mobile clinic to visit your horse.


Veterinary Nursing Staff:

Sr Janet Smith Tel +27 12 529 8123 [email protected]
Sr Lynn McHardy Tel +27 12 529 8125 [email protected]
Sr Sone Louw Tel +27 12 529 8046 [email protected]
Sr Corlia van Niekerk Tel +27 12 529 8046 [email protected]


Moses Masiya
Samuel Makubela
Jacob Masha
John Maloka
Christopher Nkosi

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