The veterinarians at Kamloops Large Animal Veterinary Clinic take great pride in providing dental care for your horses. A documented examination of your horse annually or biannually is suggested. A routine float using the PowerFloat or hand tools can be done at your farm or in our veterinary clinic. General maintenance such as wolf tooth extractions, cap removal, point and hook reductions will improve your horses comfort, condition and performance. Major tooth extractions under local sedation or under general anesthesia are also performed by our dental teams.
Deworming schedules can be designed for your farm, based on fecal examinations and herd or paddock set up. A herd health program can be designed especially for your barn. These programs provide guidance regarding the best deworming products and when to use them as well as a vaccination protocol complete with the vaccines that best suit the activity of you and your horse. Information regarding nutrition and hoof care is also available as a part of the consultation process.
Kamloops Large Animal Veterinary Clinic offers Artificial Insemination services for equines. We have either fresh or frozen semen capabilities that can be done in clinic or at your farm. We have two A.V.’s (Artificial Vaginas) for collecting semen from stallions. Our collection facility is located at Arron McKenzie’s on Lac Le Jeune Road. We offer ultrasounds or palpation for determining pregnancy. We would happy to design a program to care for your pregnant mare to assist with a healthy pregnancy and foaling.
EQUINE ACUPUNCTURE & LASER REHABILITATION THERAPIES
Kamloops Large Animal Veterinary Clinic now offers acupuncture for the patients that need it. Dr. Jennifer Jackson became a Certified Veterinarian Medical Acupuncturist in 2013, after taking her schooling at Colorado State University in Denver Colorado. The option to do acupuncture has already proved to be a popular one, and Dr. Jackson has successfully treated many horses and a small number of companion animals.
We also offer laser treatments for animals that are recovering from injury or suffering from age related ailments. The treatments are painless and effective for your animal and positive results are often immediate.
Acupuncture and laser treatments are great, effective alternatives to some conventional methods in treating lameness and chronic pain in the horse. Kamloops Large Animal Veterinary Clinic is happy to be able to add these two options for treatment.
EMERGENCY AND AMBULATORY CARE
Kamloops Large Animal Veterinary Clinic offers 24hr care 365 days a year. Our office hours are Monday-Saturday from 8AM-5PM. We are closed for all statutory holidays, however there is always a veterinarian on call for emergency services. We will do farm visits or you can bring your animal into the clinic.
Our hospital is equipped with four stalls in our heated indoor facility. One of the stalls has a comfortable padded floor and camera surveillance to aid the veterinarians in monitoring the patients. We also have stocks for securing horses that have come to the clinic for dental work or wound repair, and a padded surgery room. There is a head gate and stocks in one area of the barn that we use for various types of cattle work. The clinic is capable of in house semen testing of bulls as well as caesarean sections on cows and various kinds of bovine hoof care and treatment of other ailments.
LAMENESS EXAMS AND PREPURCHASE EXAMS
The Kamloops Large Animal Veterinary Clinic veterinarians do numerous lameness and pre purchase work ups every year. We are careful to book adequate time for these procedures. A proper lameness exam can take two or more hours especially if nerve blocking and x-rays are involved. Pre purchase exams are equally time consuming, they involve an extensive examination and logging of the findings. Blood work and radiographs are often part of a pre purchase exam as well.
The clinic offers lameness treatment options with IRAP Autologous Blood Processing System and PRP Treatment (Platelet -Rich Plasma).
During the IRAP Treatment, blood is harvested from the horse into a syringe and transferred into the Arthrex IRAP II device, where monocytes (a type of white blood cell) bind to the glass beads. The cells are then stimulated to produce and increase the regenerative and anti-inflammatory proteins without the addition of drugs. This process takes place over an incubation period of 24 hours. The device is then placed into a centrifuge to separate the serum from the blood. The serum can then be extracted and injected into the joint right away or frozen for later use. Because the serum is from the animals own blood, the possibility of allergic side effects is drastically reduced.
The PRP Treatment takes less time and is a more affordable process. The veterinarian will take a blood sample from patient using a specially designed syringe. The sample then goes through a rapid spinning process that separates the platelets and other beneficial growth factors in the plasma part of the blood. This is then injected into the injured muscle, tendon, ligament, joint or wound. This process is usually done in less than 20min.
SHOCK WAVE THERAPY
The most recent addition to our clinic’s lameness treatment therapy is our VersaTron shock wave system from PulseVet. VersaTron shock wave device is often imitated, but remains unmatched in clinical research, quality, and effectiveness in the treatment of over 20 equine indications. VersaTron generates the highest peak pressure (energy) of any system with the largest focal volume, ideal for treating deep orthopedic conditions in horses. The focused energy increases blood supply to the treated area, resulting in tissue regeneration in tendons, joints, and bone.
The VersaTron system has been proven effective for treating such conditions as:
-Tendon and ligament injuries (Suspensory/Deep Digital Flexor Tendon)
-Bone Fractures (stress fractures/splints)
-OA/Joint inflammation and pain
-Foot Injuries (Desmitis/Navicular syndrome/Ringbone/Chronic Heel Pain)
-Back pain/Kissing spines
There are several different shock wave protocols that are used, depending on the required area/symptom the horse is being treated for. There are 4 different trodes that are used with this system, that give the appropriate pulses for the specified indication. General recommendations for the shock wave therapy range from 1 to 3 treatments, 2-3 weeks apart.
Kamloops Large Animal Veterinary Clinic has a digital X-ray machine that offers the most up to date technology for radio graphing your animal. The results are instantly ready, now with wireless panels which eliminates time having to process the radio graphs through the scanner. We are able to email (or burn to CD/DVD) the results to specialists for another opinion or to another veterinarian should that be requested.
With our new endoscope we now have the ability to look into and take images of the body as it passes along the desired surface. We pass an approximately 10-foot long endoscope (camera), into the horses body, via the nose. Upper and lower airway endoscopy involves examining the airways (trachea) and pharyngeal regions, including the gutteral pouch. Gastroscopy involves passing the endoscope down the esophagus to the stomach. This will help detect stomach ulcers and other GI tract abnormalities.
CATTLE HERD HEALTH
Herd health consultation and vaccine protocol set ups are done by several of the veterinarians at Kamloops Large Animal Veterinarian Clinic. They are happy to attend and consult at the farm or to have the producer come to the clinic to meet. Kamloops Large Animal Veterinary Clinic does consulting and management for several dairies in Kamloops and in northern areas.
Kamloops Large Animal Veterinary Clinic does frozen Artificial Insemination for cattle as well as, semen collection and evaluation; with the ability to store frozen semen. We also offer Embryo Transfer services. The veterinarians provide consultation on herd synchronization and will help get your breeding program in order.