Martin Hobbs holds the RCVS Certificate in Diagnostic Imaging in both small and large animals. He therefore offers the following ultrasound services:

Pregnancy diagnosis

At the Meopham Veterinary Hospital, we have a portable ultrasound machine which we can bring to your premises, avoiding transporting your horse unnecessarily.

Assessment of Soft Tissue Injury

When a lameness has been isolated to a particular area, ultrasonography is useful for assessing soft tissue structures in that area. For example, ultrasound is vital for the diagnosis of tendon injuries in horses.

Equine anatomy is very complicated and there are many tendons and ligaments in the legs which are all prone to injury, especially in the lower limb. These injuries may be due to trauma such as a kick or sharp object but are frequently due to strenuous exercise. This may be flatwork in racehorses, but jumping ponies are also particularly susceptible to certain types of injury. The most common tendon injuries include superficial digital flexor tendonitis, deep digital flexor tendonitis and check ligament desmitis.

Ultrasound is essential for the diagnosis of such injuries. For example, the affected tendon may appear enlarged and with altered fibre alignment on ultrasound. The horse’s response to treatment can also be assessed using ultrasonography and an ongoing exercise and treatment plan can be accurately formulated accordingly to tendon healing. Regular repeated ultrasound sessions will be required.

Ultrasound may also formulate part of the TREATMENT protocol for such injury. However, this is using different equipment and can be discussed with Miss Steph Wilson, our resident physiotherapist who treats small and large animals. She is a Chartered Physiotherapist with a clinical interest in animal therapy and has been practicing for over 10 years.

Clients of other practices could be seen on an outpatient basis following a referral from their practice.  Enquiries can be made using our contact page or email: stephwilsonphysio@hotmail.co.uk