Within the main building at Heaps Equine Clinic there are several rooms that include a main examination and procedure area with stocks; here we carry out many of the lameness investigations and the diagnostics such as radiography, ultrasonography and endoscopy (including gastroscopy). It is commonly used for therapeutics too, such as dentistry, mesotherapy and PRP injections. A wide range of standing surgeries such as tooth removals or routine teeth rasping, laser treatment for sarcoids and enucleations are also carried out here. Additionally some of the more complicated surgeries such as laparoscopic removal of ovaries or retained testicles are done in the stocks, one of two at the Practice. Adjacent to these stables is our HorseWeigh weigh-bridge which we use to obtain accurate weights of our patients pre-surgery, for estimating drug or worming doses or for our Weight-Loss Clinics.
Heaps Equine Clinic has recently opened a brand new examination room and stocks together with a state of the art operating theatre and recovery room. Finished to the highest medical standard the anaesthesia room includes thick rubber padded walls and floor where horses are anaesthetised before being placed on the overhead winch to allow placement on the operating table. The padded walls help to reduce the risks of injury for induction of and recovery from general anaesthesia. The risks can never be eliminated completely because of the huge weight of many of the horses we deal with, but with care and using these state of the art facilities this can be minimised. The new build includes a preparation and laboratory area and a dispensary – where many of the drugs, including emergency drugs, are stored readily on-hand. Additionally we have a new in-house sterilisation area with the latest medical grade equipment.
There are six stables available for in-patients although clients frequently bring their horses on an out-patient or day basis. There is also a separate radiography room at Heaps Equine Clinic where our fixed high-powered x-ray unit can be used for backs and upper limbs.
As a registered measurement centre we have a JMB-accredited height measurement pad allowing horses to relax to their lowest height. The newly built office and administration area looks out on the large arrival area and offers space for visiting clients. There is a concrete trot-up area and a large 60m x 25m waxed sand riding and lunging arena as well as a large indoor arena. In addition, horses can be lunged on a hard, secure surface for the assessment of more subtle lameness cases.