Services

ROUTINE VISITS, GENERAL HEALTH & EMERGENCY

Including but not limited to; Colic, foaling’s, lacerations, skin disease, respiratory conditions and eye conditions.

Injuries are a common occurrence with horses and early intervention will improve the outcome including Veterinary assisted wound management.

 

LAMENESS

Lameness examinations are conducted on your property where our veterinarians can provide professional services in the horse’s own environment.

The Veterinarian can then design a treatment plan and provide further diagnostic tests should they be required.

EQUINE DENTISTRY

Oral and dental health have a significant impact on a horse’s well-being, performance and lifespan. There are a multitude of issues which can be linked back to poor dental care which include:

Colic, Choke, Weight loss, Nasal discharge, Facial swelling, Head tossing, Halitosis (bad breath), Bit resistance and Poor performance.

Annual Dental examinations will facilitate early detection of problems such as periodontal disease, enabling treatment to be instituted early. Dr Benjamin Purtle has undertaken additional training in Advanced Equine Dentistry and is passionate about the link between good equine health and good dental health.

X-RAY DIAGNOSTICS

Radiography is a non-invasive imaging procedure which can be used to image the internal structures of your horse. We use the latest digital x-ray machines to produce the highest quality images. These images are able to be viewed at the horse’s side to allow an immediate treatment plan to be implemented.

Digital radiographs are often required for detailed pre purchase examinations to assess your purchase for conditions such as osteoarthritis, osteochondral (chips) bone fragments, osteochondritis dissecans (OCD’s) and bone cysts.

PRE-PURCHASE EXAMINATIONS

BFP Equine provides a full pre purchase examination service at the horses stable where we can assess the horse in its own environment to help you to make an informed choice as to the suitability of your next horse. Our pre purchase examinations are tailored to individual clients’ requirements with the intention being to accurately evaluate the health of the horse, identify existing and potential problems and interpret these findings in the context of the animals intended use.

A thorough clinical examination followed by a gait analysis is the basis of the pre purchase exam. Additional tests may then be recommended or requested such as a blood profile, an upper airway endoscopic examination, digital radiographs and ultrasonography.

 

HENDRA VIRUS VACCINATIONS

These vaccinations must be administered by a Veterinarian only. Hendra Virus is a life threatening viral disease to both Horse and human and found currently only in Australia.
Why is it important to vaccinate my horse against Hendra virus?
There are three important reasons to vaccinate your horse against Hendra virus.

First, vaccination reduces the risk of your horse contracting Hendra virus (HeV), a serious and life-threatening disease. Unvaccinated horses with the disease either suffer a debilitating and distressing death or if diagnosed, are euthanised. Vaccination helps to provides excellent protection for your horse.

Second, vaccination aids in the prevention of clinical symptoms of Hendra virus and this reduces risk of the virus being transmitted to humans and causing a serious condition which is fatal about 50% of cases. Although humans are unable to contract the virus directly from flying foxes, they are able to contract it through close contact with infected horses. Vaccinating your horse helps to keep your family, friends and colleagues safe.

Third, the high risk of infection combined with the workplace health and safety responsibilities placed on veterinarians visiting properties, have led many veterinarians to refuse to visit properties in known Hendra infected areas to examine sick, unvaccinated horses.

Many veterinarians will not treat an unvaccinated horse until blood has been tested to exclude the presence of Hendra disease. The results of the exclusion test may not be available for 24-48 hours and in that time the untreated horse may deteriorate and suffer unalleviated symptoms. Vaccination allows for prompt treatment of sick horses.

To date, the disease has been found on properties from far north Queensland to the mid-north coastal region of New South Wales. Areas where flying foxes are active are considered high risk.

REPRODUCTIVE ULTRASOUND

This valuable tool involves imaging or “scanning” the ovaries and uterus of your mare to diagnose reproductive health problems, to improve the timing of breeding and detect and manage twin pregnancies.

EQUINE  REPRODUCTION

BFP Equine offers the most up to date reproductive techniques to maximise your chances of breeding success. We offer a range of reproductive services including thoroughbred breeding management and artificial insemination (fresh, chilled or frozen semen).

More about Artificial Insemination; This involves using chilled or frozen semen to achieve a pregnancy in your mare. The advantages are well known and include access to bloodlines from around the world and avoiding transportation of your valuable mare.

AUSTRALIAN STUD BOOK FOAL REGISTRATIONS

All thoroughbreds need to be micro-chipped and registered with the Australian Stud Book before they are able to get onto the racetrack. Please contact the Australian Stud Book to obtain the relevant forms and then contact us to complete the procedure for you

ACUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture can provide relief to:

  • Musculoskeletal Pathologies: Lameness, tendonitis, back pain & muscle tears.
  • Respiratory Issues
  • Gastrointestinal Difficulties
  • Reproductive Problems

Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is a very safe procedure when administered by a qualified practitioner. There have been very few negative effects of acupuncture therapy found in clinical studies. 

How long does each treatment take?
Treatment sessions can take up to 45 minutes. The first session usually takes longer than follow-up appointments. 

CASTRATIONS & ROUTINE SURGERY

BFP Equine Veterinary services is equipped to perform most routine surgeries at the stable door. We perform castrations either standing (with sedation) or under a general anaesthesia in the field. For more complex surgeries such as arthroscopies we are able to organise a referral through our network of specialist equine surgeons.

FREEZE BRANDING

When foals are weaned they are commonly branded with a registered symbol and numbers for identification and registration purposes. The branding irons are cooled in liquid nitrogen and applied to the skin for 20 seconds and often with light sedation as restraint

SMALL ANIMALS – MOBILE SERVICE

  • Canine & Feline consultations
  • Skin Consultations (dermatology)
  • Canine Vaccinations (C3 & C5 ,C4)
  • Feline Vaccinations (F3 & FIV)
  • Heartworm Vaccinations (Proheart SR12)
  • In Home Canine Euthanasia
  • Canine Fertility
  • Canine Litter Vaccinations