Ambulatory Services and the Equine Clinic
Wendover Heights Equine covers an approximate radius of twenty five miles in all directions from the practice which includes Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Oxfordshire. We pride ourselves on being your ‘local’ vet and being able to get to you quickly when it really matters.
The equine team offer all routine and non-routine clinical procedures and encourage gold standard preventative healthcare.
It is important that we can evaluate and assess your horse in a suitable and safe environment and if your facilities allow we will happily come to your yard. We have the latest diagnostic equipment including fully mobile digital radiography and ultrasonography and we will also bring one of our experienced equine nurses or our clinical groom along to assist with procedures such as Lameness, poor performance and medical investigations.
When your facilities allow we also offer Gastroscopy, Endoscopy, Shockwave Therapy and other procedures such as minor surgeries and castrations at your yard.
We also offer two and five stage vetting for purchase examinations. Please refer to these Guidance Notes prepared by BEVA and RCVS which give comprehensive information on the process.
We are a British Equine Veterinary Association Accredited Artificial Insemination practice and have experienced stud vets in the team.
One of our equine vets is always on duty to provide twenty four hour emergency care seven days a week. We also operate a Reduced Fee Zone service for our clients and run client events and clinics throughout the year.
All our vets are experienced with dental work and we have a full range of dental equipment, including a motorised power float, here at Wendover Heights Equine. We can provide routine dental care as well as more advanced procedures such as tooth extraction, sinus surgery and dental x-rays. Our vets are also able to administer intravenous sedation, pain relief and local anaesthetic if required to ensure safe, thorough examination and treatment – even in the most nervous of patients!
Endoscopy allows us to pass a fibre-optic camera into areas we would otherwise be unable to visualise, e.g. visualisation of the upper airways (pharynx, larynx, guttural pouches, trachea). The endoscopy system displays the image on a screen so the vet and the client can observe the video at the same time. Endoscopy can be performed at our clinic or at your yard – whichever you prefer!
Our three metre gastroscope means that we can provide video gastroscopy services here at our clinic. The gastroscope consists of a fibre-optic camera that can be passed into the nose and then swallowed before passing into the stomach of the horse. The oesophagus, stomach and duodenum (the first part of the intestines) can all be examined with this scope. The most common use of our gastroscope is to diagnose gastric ulcers. The gastroscope relays the video to a screen meaning you and the vet can watch and discuss your horse during the procedure. Please be aware your horse will need to be starved prior to this procedure.
Wendover Heights Equine has two portable digital X-ray systems and can offer mobile and clinic based radiography services. We have recently acquired a wireless digital radiography unit meaning that there are no wires near your horse’s legs! These digital X-ray machines convert the X-ray into an electronic picture so we can view the images instantly on the computer screen rather than waiting for the images to process onto a conventional X-ray film. They also provide us with radiographs of the highest diagnostic quality meaning we can radiograph most parts of the equine skeleton and pick up subtle problems. The images are backed up onto a computer system meaning they can be accessed easily in the future if required.
Shockwave therapy is used in the treatment of a number of musculoskeletal and ligament problems. It is a non invasive treatment that forms part of the treatment plan in a number of conditions including kissing spines and proximal suspensory ligament desmitis. Shockwave therapy works by transmitting high energy sound waves into the affected tissues to stimulate healing and reduce discomfort. The machine is fully portable so can be brought to your yard. It is quite noisy so many horses will require a little sedation.
Artificial Insemination Packages 2020
Wendover Heights Equine is a British Equine Veterinary Association approved practice for
fresh, chilled and frozen AI.
Fresh and Chilled Semen – £396.00 including VAT
Frozen Semen – £495.00 including VAT
Fresh, Chilled and Frozen Semen Package Information
- Multiple examinations and ultrasound scans as required
- Drugs to induce ovulation
- Assessment of semen
- Storage of the semen during the treatment cycle
- Insemination of the mare
- Two pregnancy scans
Not Included –
- Pre breeding swabs and bloods
- Treatment to bring the mare into season
- Visits (Visit fees will be charged at the normal rate. Free Visits not available)
- Semen storage beyond the end of the cycle
- Post breeding uterine treatment and flush
- Drugs to relax the rectum to allow ultrasound examination
- Sedation if required
- Twin reduction
All AI Packages must be paid for in advance of treatment. We will request payment following the first scan which will determine suitability of the mare and that cycle for AI. If the mare cannot be inseminated on the current cycle the cost of the first scan will be charged as normal. If payment for the package has not been received when requested then we will be unable to proceed.
Terms and Conditions
These packages offer the best chance of getting your mare in foal but are in no way a guarantee of success. A discretionary discount for a second cycle may be offered. These packages are available at the clinic – we may agree to visit your yard for fresh and chilled AI but frozen AI can only be done at our clinic.
For more information please contact the practice and ask to speak to one of our stud Vets.
Ultrasound examination forms an important part of the diagnosis of a number of conditions. Here at Wendover Heights Equine we have three ultrasound machines to help us with diagnosis of orthopaedic diseases (eg tendon and ligament injuries, back problems), abdominal disease (eg colic, liver disease), respiratory and cardiac disease, and breeding management (eg routine scanning of mares, pregnancy diagnosis, artificial insemination). As with our x-ray machines, the ultrasound machines are fully portable so can be brought to your yard.