Simply put, Ardene House has the best equipped equine hospital facility in the North of Scotland. This enables us to receive referrals from many other practices in Aberdeenshire to as far north as Orkney.
We are the only practice in North East Scotland able to perform gastroscopy to check for gastric ulcers, saving clients from travelling their horses to Edinburgh or Glasgow areas.
Our hospital includes a state of the art operating theatre, intensive care stables, digital x-ray, ultrasound scanners, endoscopes, stocks and equine weighbridge.
We have hospitalisation facilities for 8 horses, including boxes suitable for mares and foals and separate isolation unit.
Ardene House specialise in lameness and orthopaedic issues, in particular long term lameness or poor performance issues. Our lameness work-up facilities are second to none and include a sand school to enable ridden evaluations. We have competent nurses who can trot and lunge even the most difficult of horses on a variety of surfaces.
The Ardene House surgery facilities consist of a large operating theatre with a padded knockdown/recovery room with adjacent supply and preparation rooms. The theatre if fully equipped with some of the most advanced technology available for equine surgery and general anaesthesia.
We have a separate area where all standing surgery is performed. Examples of standing surgical procedures that can be done under local anaesthesia instead of a general anaesthetic include back surgery, dental and sinus surgery, and selected joint surgeries.
Ardene House has two surgeons, both skilled in many disciplines, but with specialist interests in certain areas. We perform large numbers of orthopaedic, soft tissue and emergency procedures. General anaesthesia is always performed by specially trained vets who have access to the very latest highest standard of monitoring equipment.
Our main emphasis in all procedures is on outcome, so all aspects of our surgical service are designed to achieve an efficient, high quality procedure giving your horse the best chance of a full recovery.
Our well-equipped in-house laboratory is available 24/7 and provides rapid analysis and interpretation of equine blood samples taken from in-house hospital cases and cases in the field; routine haematology, biochemistry, cytology and microscopy examinations for medical and surgical cases can be performed quickly. We perform microscopic examinations for cytology, skin scrapings, hair plugs, stallion semen and faecal analysis. We collaborate with other laboratories to provide you with results for other more specialised tests.