Dedicated operating theatre
and recovery room arefully equipped
to tackle routine and emergency operations
Our highly skilled & experienced surgical team are available for all types of equine surgery
A minimum of 3 people are involved in each procedure – an anaesthetist, a theatre nurse, a lead surgeon and sometimes a surgical assistant. The majority of surgical procedures at Belvoir Equine Hospital are performed by Dr. David Rutherford.
David who has 20 years experience in the operating theatre and is a Recognised Specialist in Equine Surgery. Our dedicated equine operating theatre and induction / recovery room (fully padded walls and floor) are fully equipped and ready to tackle routine and emergency operations.
Most people agree, that seeing one of our equine friends on the surgery table can be a stressful experience – but most people don’t understand, that the induction and recovery from general anaesthesia is one of the most risky times for such a large, heavy patient. The induction box at BEC is specially designed to minimise these risks, it has – heavily padded walls and floor, it is temperature controlled, with a small window for safely giving reassuring words, to the recovering patient – it makes induction and recovery as safe as possible. Horses are transported into surgery by an overhead gantry, which allows them to be quickly and smoothly lifted onto the surgical table.
A broad range of equine surgeries are performed at BEC. These range from arthroscopy (keyhole joint surgery), colic surgery and correction of limb deformities to eye surgeries, bone curettage and cryptorchid surgeries. In addition we perform a range of upper respiratory tract surgery (wind operations). Each surgery is run by one of our qualified equine veterinarians utilising a range of monitoring equipment, echocardiographs and pulse oximetry. Our surgery is also used by visiting specialists where required by our clients.