equine prepurchase exam
A specialty-type examination that PHD Veterinary service provides is that of a prepurchase exam or inspection. It is probably the most important aspect of buying a horse and often is the deal "breaker" or "maker". As a referral veterinarian, that travels a large area of Florida and southern Georgia, I am in a unique position to provide state-of-the-art prepurchase exams without the concern of a "conflict of interest". This is especially important for out-of-state buyers. I routinely work with the buyer's veterinarians to be sure that my exam is to their satisfaction and give them an opportunity to evaluate radiographs prior to the sale.
The basic equine prepurchase exam includes:
- Physical exam
(teeth, eyes, skin, lungs, heart, and feet)
- Lameness exam
(conformation, passive exam, flexion exam, lunging/riding)
- Blood sampling for drug testing
Additional exams include:
- Digital radiographs
- Digital ultrasound
- Video endoscopy
- Video lameness exam
- CBS and chemistry analysis
More information regarding equine prepurchase exams can be found in my blog.