The WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre offers a range of resources for diagnosing and treating lameness in horses — including an experienced team of board-certified surgeons and internists, clinical associates and veterinary technologists.

Lameness Diagnosis

Field Service or Clinical Service available.

The  Ryan/Dubé Equine Performance Centre allows clinical teams to conduct a full evaluation of a lame horse in motion. Clinicians can also observe a horse's gait on soft and hard surfaces, and when it's on a saddle, on a longe line or moving at liberty. The centre's resources include: 

  • A permanent longeing arena that's critical for accurate diagnosis and detection of many subtle unilateral or bilateral issues in horses.
  • An equine standing MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) unit that allows medical imaging specialists to scan the equine foot and lower limb while the sedated horse is standing.
  • A high-speed equine treadmill that enables clinicians to conduct gait analysis and exercise performance profiling.
  • An indoor paved runway that allows clinicians to conduct examinations on a smooth, even surface 365 days of the year.
  • A computerized force plate that clinicians can use to detect differences between the front and hind limbs and differences between a horse's left and right sides due to lameness.
  • A farrier's room where local farriers can provide corrective trimming and shoeing services and hoof analysis for equine patients.
  • A multi-purpose area with a restraint stock.

The Large Animal Clinic has additional medical imaging technologies that are used to diagnose equine lameness:

  • digital radiography
  • ultrasonography
  • nuclear scintigraphy

Treatment and Rehabilitation

The WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre's clinical team provide a variety of lameness therapy options:

  • minimally invasive surgery (arthroscopy)
  • joint therapy and/or injections
  • Game Ready therapy
  • therapeutic farriery
  • anti-inflammatory medication and pain management
  • wound care and management
  • rehabilitative therapies

Our Team

The WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre's clinical team members are dedicated, compassionate people with specialized training and a diverse range of experiences. In addition to providing our patients with high-quality care and support, we are helping to train Western Canada's next generation of veterinary professionals.

What to Expect

While the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre shares many similarities to other veterinary hospitals, there are some differences that may have an impact on your appointment.

Appointments and Referrals

Animal Owners

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Referring Veterinarians

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 Emergency services available 24/7

Emergency services are available for acutely ill or seriously injured animals.