Equine Hospital Tour at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center


Equine Hospital Tour ScriptJune 2013 Welcome to the recently expanded and renovatedEquine Hospital at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center.

Each year, more than 1000 horses travel toTennessee for medical treatment and rehabilitation.

Clients pull their trailers through the automatedgates to a secure, covered paddock for unloading.

The rubberized floor covering this area offersa high-traction non-slip surface even when wet for maximum patient safety.

This provides access to the equine hospitaland the Equine Performance and Rehabilitation Center.

Patients are registered in the Client Receivingarea just beyond the gate to the right.

Our client receiving area offers a home andhearth experience where clients can relax in a stress-free environment while our specialistsattend to their animals.

Here clients have access to Wi-Fi, hot andcold beverages and fresh fruit.

Our board-certified equine specialists, alongwith a veterinary medical resident or intern, senior veterinary students and a licensedveterinary technician examine the patient in a dedicated examination rooms.

The equine hospital houses a hyperbaric oxygentherapy chamber which increases oxygen levels in the tissues.

HBOT enhances healing of difficult to cureconditions.

Equine patients having a contagious diseaseare housed separately from our hospitalized patients.

The isolation and disease containment facilityis completely segregated from the rest of the hospital, has a separate air-handlingsystem and is accessed by a “clean corridor.

” Each of the five separate isolation suitesas well as the treatment room has an outer door so the animals never enter the generalhospital.

The Charles and Julie Wharton Equine IntensiveCare Unit includes dedicated facilities for critically ill patients segregated from thegeneral hospital population.

These patients are under constant observationand receive the highest and most intensive levels of care possible.

The ICU provides specially-designed stallsfor managing recumbent and neurologically-compromised patients and has a separate, dedicated equineneonatal ward for intensive care of compromised foals or debilitated dams.

specialized induction and recovery stallscomplement four dedicated surgical theatres: abdominal and colic surgery, soft tissue surgery, orthopedic surgery and standing surgery.

The dedicated rooms facilitate premium surgeryfor highly specialized procedures such as minimally invasive, orthopedic, upper airway, ophthalmologic, and abdominal surgeries.

In addition to radiographs, ultrasound, andnuclear medicine, the John and Ann Tickle Diagnostic Imaging Center at the UT VeterinaryMedical Center now offers large animal imaging with a new 40-slice multidetector spiral CTand 1.

5 Tesla MRI.

Board certified radiologists ensure the highestquality of imaging available in the region.

The newly added Equine Performance and RehabilitationCenter adds a unique dimension to the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of horses.

A wide variety of conditions benefit fromrehabilitation including muscle atrophy, tendon and ligament injuries, orthopedic injury, and wounds.

The center operates under the direct supervisionof board-certified specialists Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and veterinary surgery.

The Equine Performance and RehabilitationCenter has a special cushioned flooring system throughout the center and dedicated stallsfor horses undergoing rehabilitation, conditioning, and stem cell therapy.

The lameness diagnostic area includes a full-sizearena with dust-free flooring that allows specialists to examine horses under performanceconditions.

Advanced technology such as a dynamic endoscopesystem and lameness locator system allow precise diagnosis of previously undetectable conditions.

Horses can be evaluated on hard and soft surfacesin a controlled environment.

The in-ground underwater treadmill providesresistance and buoyancy for horses—reducing the amount of weight the tendons, musclesand bones sustain during rehabilitation or athletic performance conditioning.

Clinicians use a free walker to provide unrestricted, untethered exercise for horses resulting in a more natural gait.

Horses quickly acclimate to the free walker, which can attain speeds up to 25 miles per hour.

Cold salt water therapy is used to treat laminitisand speed healing of wounds.

The horse can be submerged up to chest-heightin chilled salt water which can also be used as a whirlpool and deliver hydrotherapy treatmentfor a variety of problems including lower limb wounds, swelling, laminitis and circulatoryproblems.

The solarium and ultraviolet therapy unitprovides dry heat for muscular injuries of the back.

Ultraviolet light can be administered to simulatesunlight therapy during winter convalescence and for some injuries.

The Equine Performance and RehabilitationCenter also houses a fully equipped podiatry center staffed by a certified journeyman farrier.

Working with our specialists, the expert farrierprovides advanced corrective trimming and shoeing.

Sophisticated therapeutic shoes, hospitalplates and tendon support devices are fitted to the individualized needs of each patient.

The Equine Performance Rehabilitation Centeris designed to enable horses to return to their greatest level of exercise or performanceand ultimately improve their lives and the lives of their owners.

Our specialists are now able to conduct clinicaltrials to determine the effectiveness of therapies and document the science behind the treatment.

Knowledge, compassion and discovery are interwovenat the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine—1 of only 28 veterinarycolleges in the country and the only academic veterinary medical center in the state.

While helping the university fulfill its landgrant mission, we set the standards of care in the profession and expose our students—futuregenerations of veterinarians—to the breadth of veterinary medicine.