Castrations

Although castration is one of the most commonly performed equine surgical procedures, it is not without its risks and complications. With over 20 years of experience performing equine castrations, Dr David Clemence has developed a technique which minimises the risk of bleeding, infection and injury to the horse.

All equine castrations undertaken by The Animal Doctors are done under a short general anaesthetic in a sterile environment. Through the use of improved anaesthetic over the last decade, the risk of complications from castrations is greatly diminished when compared to the alternative castration technique of keeping the horse standing and using local anaesthesia.

For colts under 18 months, castrations can be done in the paddock given the right facilities and weather conditions. Dr Clemence and a trained equine veterinary nurse will perform the operation using the clinic’s mobile surgical unit. The surgery involves giving the horse a continuous infusion of anaesthetic and oxygen, monitored constantly by the vet nurse. By using this technique, risks of complications are dramatically reduced.

Please call the clinic to discuss your horse’s castration, we are more than happy to answer your questions so that you can make an informed decision.