Surgery

CASTRATION

Thornton Wright offers castration of colts, ideally less than 4 years old. The complications of undertaking surgery in older males increases with maturity. Castration is often undertaken under a heavy sedation and using a local anaesthetic. Sometimes, a short general anaesthetic in the field is more appropriate for smaller ponies, or animals which pose an increased risk to the veterinary surgeon for this procedure to be performed standing.

Whilst every attempt is taken to minimise the risk of complications by our experienced veterinary surgeons, potential complications occasionally arise and include, haemorrhage (blood loss), seroma formation (tissue fluid accumulation), infection and in extreme situations, evisceration. Whilst this list may seem daunting, it is important to remember that these procedures are undertaken by our team regularly and it is our expectation that most surgeries are uneventful.

STANDING SURGERIES

Other surgeries are routinely performed by Thornton Wright, including wound management, excision of masses including sarcoids and enucleations.

More advanced surgeries, capable of being performed with a patient under standing sedation are performed only by our visiting specialist, Bryan O’Meara MRCVS. Bryan has a wealth of experience as a specialist surgeon and undertakes surgery daily across the UK.

SURGERY REQUIRING GENERAL ANAESTHESIA

Whilst our team have experience at undertaking general anaesthesia from previous roles, it must be remembered that anaesthesia, like surgery, is a veterinary speciality and it should be managed accordingly.

For this reason, Thornton Wright has taken the viewpoint that for surgeries requiring an animal to be anaesthetised under general anaesthesia, referral will be made to a hospital with the appropriate facilities and adequately trained personnel.

Thornton Wright continues to endorse referral to specialist led referral hospitals to ensure optimal care of our patients during a surgical procedure and whilst under the influence of general anaesthesia.

CASTRATION

Thornton Wright offers castration of colts, ideally less than 4 years old. The complications of undertaking surgery in older males increases with maturity. Castration is often undertaken under a heavy sedation and using a local anaesthetic. Sometimes, a short general anaesthetic in the field is more appropriate for smaller ponies, or animals which pose an increased risk to the veterinary surgeon for this procedure to be performed standing.

Whilst every attempt is taken to minimise the risk of complications by our experienced veterinary surgeons, potential complications occasionally arise and include, haemorrhage (blood loss), seroma formation (tissue fluid accumulation), infection and in extreme situations, evisceration. Whilst this list may seem daunting, it is important to remember that these procedures are undertaken by our team regularly and it is our expectation that most surgeries are uneventful.

STANDING SURGERIES

Other surgeries are routinely performed by Thornton Wright, including wound management, excision of masses including sarcoids and enucleations.

More advanced surgeries, capable of being performed with a patient under standing sedation are performed only by our visiting specialist, Bryan O’Meara MRCVS. Bryan has a wealth of experience as a specialist surgeon and undertakes surgery daily across the UK.

SURGERY REQUIRING GENERAL ANAESTHESIA

Whilst our team have experience at undertaking general anaesthesia from previous roles, it must be remembered that anaesthesia, like surgery, is a veterinary speciality and it should be managed accordingly.

For this reason, Thornton Wright has taken the viewpoint that for surgeries requiring an animal to be anaesthetised under general anaesthesia, referral will be made to a hospital with the appropriate facilities and adequately trained personnel.

Thornton Wright continues to endorse referral to specialist led referral hospitals to ensure optimal care of our patients during a surgical procedure and whilst under the influence of general anaesthesia.

Experienced equine clinicians
available for emergency care 24/7
Call us on 01652 240 071

Normal office hours: Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5pm

Experienced equine clinicians

available for emergency care 24/7

Call us on
01652 240 071

Normal office hours:
Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5pm