Kingswells 01224 740700
Bridge of Don 01224 826121

Equine

Vet services for horses in Aberdeen

Equine

Vet services for horses in Aberdeen

  • Introduction
  • Facilities
  • Dentistry
  • Diagnostics
  • Farrier
  • Joint Measurement Board
  • Pre-Purchase Examination

Introduction

Ardene House has the largest team of dedicated equine veterinary surgeons in North Scotland.

We provide a 24-hour emergency service 365 days a year for horses, ponies and donkeys.

Our team of vets will offer the same high standard, caring and professional service to all equines and their owners, whether they are international eventers, children’s first naughty ponies, or much loved retired pets.

Please note that out-of-hours calls to 01224 740700 are initially answered by an answering machine which will transfer you to our emergency call handling service, 01209 823708.

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Facilities

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.

Hospitalisation

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.

Surgery

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.

Laboratory

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.

Dentistry

Dental care in the horse is an important part of their primary care. Ardene House equine vets are fully qualified to provide a first class, cost effective dentistry service for horses.

All members of the equine team carry full dentistry kits including a full mouth speculum for safe and thorough oral examination, head torch, motorised equipment and a full array of rasps fitted with tungsten carbide blades for efficient and effective rasping

Our vets are able to administer intravenous sedation or painkillers and use local anaesthetic techniques to minimise the stress to nervous animals and to make all dental procedures safe and pain free for your horse.

We recommend that your horse’s mouth and teeth are examined every 6-12 months depending on their age, dental history and oral conformation. This is often done at the same time as their annual vaccinations or annual health check.

Most routine dentistry and some minor dental surgical techniques (e.g. removal of Wolf teeth) can be performed on our client’s premises. Animals that require more advanced dental care, investigation or surgery can be managed at the hospital facility where there is a full backup service for all dental cases including:

  • Stocks and dental support head collars
  • X-ray facilities
  • Oral endoscope for investigation of dental problems
  • Specialised equipment for extracting large molar teeth from the mouth
  • Motorised burring equipment for treatment of valve diastemata
  • Full operating theatre suite for cases requiring general anaesthetic

Please contact the office on 01224 740700 to book your horse in for their dental check with one of the team.

Diagnostics

Successful treatment and management of disease relies on first and foremost an accurate diagnosis.

To this end we have invested in some of the most up-to-date diagnostic equipment and facilities across a wide range of equine medical and surgical conditions.

This investment ranges from dedicated lameness investigation exercise areas along with mobile digital radiograph units and up to date ultrasound scanners. These diagnostics are crucial for working up orthopaedic conditions right through to medical investigations.

Farrier

At Ardene House, our equine vets frequently work with farriers to provide the best possible care for your horse.

We regularly take foot balance X-rays, at the practice or at your yard with our portable equipment to allow the most accurate trimming and shoeing. We will communicate closely with your farrier to resolve problems such as abscesses, laminitis and lameness as efficiently as possible.

Our hospital farrier, Donald Nicol AWCF works closely with both Ardene and referral clients. He works with us on a wide variety of cases, from foot balance to remedial shoeing; his experience is invaluable in assisting us with lameness problems and diseases of the hoof capsule.

Joint Measurement Board

Ardene House is accredited to work on behalf of the ‘Joint Measurement Board’ which was established in 1934 to run a national scheme for the measurement of the height of horses and ponies for competition; and is only one of a small number of locations in the Northeast of Scotland where horses and ponies can be officially measured and certified.

Graham Hunter BVM&S, GPCert(EqP), Cert EP, CertAVP(ESO), MRCVS is the official measurer at Ardene House Veterinary Practice.

Key points to note:

  • All horses and ponies must have at least one Annual Certificate regardless of its age before they can have a Full Certificate.
  • Annual certificates are issued to animals aged 4, 5 and 6 years old, or to any animal over 7 which is being measured for the first time.
  • Measurements can be done at any time of the year but Annual Certificates will expire on the 31st December following the last measurement.
  • Measurements are carried out on registered measuring pads with shoes removed. We have an official pad at Ardene House (Pad Number 5103).
  • The animal’s passport must be seen at the time of measurement (copies will not be accepted) along with any current JMB booklet, please ensure these documents accompany the animal on the day. All animals being measured must have a microchip inserted. This can be done at the time of measuring if required.

If you are thinking of getting your horse or pony measured for the purposes of the JMB we will be happy to talk you through the requirements. We also recommend you visit www.thejmbonline.co.uk for further details before booking your measurement appointment at Ardene House.

Pre-Purchase Examination

Our team is happy to perform Pre-Purchase Examinations both for our own clients and on behalf of non-registered clients either at the seller’s yard or at our veterinary premises in Kingswells if suitable facilities are not available at the yard.

A vetting, or Pre-Purchase Examination, is an important step in the process of buying a horse and consists of a thorough examination to ensure the horse is healthy and not lame. We also aim to identify any future problems that may occur. The vetting is performed for an individual prospective purchaser and we decide whether the horse is suitable for the purchaser’s intended use of the horse.

Practice information

Kingswells

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  • Mon
    Small Animals: 8:00am - 8:00pm, Farm & Equine: 8:00am - 6:30pm
  • Tue
    Small Animals: 8:00am - 8:00pm, Farm & Equine: 8:00am - 6:30pm
  • Wed
    Small Animals: 8:00am - 8:00pm, Farm & Equine: 8:00am - 6:30pm
  • Thu
    Small Animals: 8:00am - 8:00pm, Farm & Equine: 8:00am - 6:30pm
  • Fri
    Small Animals: 8:00am - 7:00pm, Farm & Equine: 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sat
    Small Animals: 8:00am - 4:00pm, Farm & Equine: 8:00am - 1:00pm
  • Sun
    Closed
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Find us here:

Skene Road Kingswells Aberdeen AB15 8PJ
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Bridge of Don

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  • Mon
    8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Tue
    8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Wed
    8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Thu
    8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Fri
    8:30am - 6:00pm
  • Sat
    9:00am - 1:00pm
  • Sun
    Closed
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Find us here:

Unit 1 Jesmond Drive Bridge of Don Aberdeen AB22 8UR
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