At Galley Hill Equine Surgery we offer a wide range of veterinary and diagnostic services which we are able to perform in the comfort of your yard or at our hospital in Waltham Abbey.
Portable Digital Radiography
Our mobile digital radiography machine has revolutionised the diagnostic abilities of our vets at your yard. The vastly superior quality of digital images, combined with the ability to manipulate the image to allow better visualisation, allows us to evaluate and diagnose problems that would previously have been missed using plain film radiography. Our fully portable unit allows us to image your horse in the convenience of your own yard and in circumstances where it would be unsafe to transport your horse to the clinic.
We have a fully portable ultrasound machine which can be brought to your yard or used for investigations at our clinic. Ultrasound technology uses sound waves to visualise soft tissues. It is invaluable in lameness investigations to diagnose and evaluate ligament, tendon and joint injuries. We also routinely use ultrasound in reproductive assessments of broodmares to monitor their reproductive cycles and confirm and assess the viabilities of pregnancies. Additionally, ultrasound can be used in the assessment of a variety of other conditions including colics, soft tissue swellings and abscesses.
If you want to export your horse/pony whether to Europe or outside, the horse/pony must be accompanied with an export health certificate issued by DEFRA and completed by an Official Veterinarian (OV). Our Veterinarians can complete health certificates prior to export here at Galley Hill Equine and are happy to advise in the processes involved.
We offer both open and closed castration for your horse. Open castration is performed most commonly and can be carried out either standing, using heavy sedation and local anaesthetic, or during a short general anaesthetic. In open castrations the wounds are left open to allow drainage of blood and serum. Closed castrations require a general anaesthetic and the skin incisions are sutured closed which reduces bleeding but does not allow drainage and so more severe swelling is common. We are happy to discuss the different options for castration of your horse or pony to decide upon the best option for you.
We offer routine vaccinations and are happy to help with any questions regarding vaccination protocols and requirements for shows/competitions/travel.
Dental problems can be responsible for a variety of issues in your horse ranging from colic and choke to behavioural problems when ridden. We have both hand rasps and motorised dental equipment to ensure we can carry out the best possible work on your horse's teeth. Procedures performed include routine rasping, wolf teeth removal, diastema management and molar or incisor extraction. Occasionally, referral may be recommended for the treatment of more severe dental problems. We often recommend dentistry be carried out under sedation to allow a more relaxed experience for your horse and more thorough work to be performed. We can also offer sedation for your horse if you use an equine dentist.
You are able to reach us 24h a day, 7 days a week, our advantage is our central location! We are able to cover any equine medical emergency.
During this procedure a flexible video endoscope is passed through your horse's nose into his stomach to allow visualisation of the stomach wall, most usually, to detect the presence of gastric ulcers. We perform all gastroscopic procedures at our clinic where your horse will be sedated in our purpose built stocks so a thorough investigation of the stomach can be carried out.
Lameness Evaluation & Treatment
We are able to provide comprehensive lameness workups using diagnostic techniques such as ultrasonography, state of the art digital x-raying, nerve and joint blocks. These investigations can be carried out at your yard and more complex cases, which may require a more lengthy evaluation, can be seen at our clinic. The majority of lameness can be treated by ourselves and we work closely with local farriers should corrective shoeing be deemed of assistance. We are also able to offer referral to several highly regarded equine hospitals should further investigations such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or surgical procedures be required.
We offer a wide range of surgical procedures such as arthoscopies, castrastions under general anaesthesia, skin surgeries, wound repair etc. We work closely with well established referral centres if your horse requires more specialist surgeries.
Pre-Purchased & Insurance Examinations
We offer 2 and 5 stage pre-purchase examinations ("vettings") at the yard or at our hospital as well as VDS blood storage. Please contact us for more information regarding pre-purchase examinations.
Please see our Vetting X-Ray Packages on our Promotions page
This type of therapy involves harvesting adipose tissue (fatty tissue) from the hind quarters where the collected material is then prepared using specialist Lipogems equipment. Once the Lipogem material is ready, the sample is then injected back in to the specific areas of the horse that require treatment.
Injuries and conditions that can be treated include:
- Tendon injuries
- Desmitis (inflammation of a ligament, even if the injury is chronic)
- Soft tissue injuries
- Synovitis (inflammation of the synovial membrane)
- Osteoarthritis in joints
- Deep lacerations
An endoscope is used to view areas of the equine body that are difficult to access, such as the upper respiratory system (such as the pharynx, larynx, guttural pouches and trachea), parts of the gastrointestinal tract, the urinary tract and the reproductive tract of mares. This procedure can be an essential part of diagnosing why a horse or pony are having impaired performance, abnormal respiratory noises or upper airway obstructions. Our endoscope is portable so can be performed at your yard or at our clinic. Our endoscope is linked to a monitor which enables clients and vets to view and discuss the case at the same time.
Primary Colic Care
We will look after your 'medical' colic at your yard or in our hospital and refer any surgical cases to the closest referral hospital or your chosen referral hospital.
In House Worm Egg Counts
We offer in house worm egg counts with same day results as well as advise on worming treatments. Please contact us for further information.
Clinical examination including portable bronchoscopy for any respiratory problems including poor performance and upper respiratory noise problems.