At Allegheny Equine Veterinary Services, we are continually expanding our services to offer our patients the best healthcare possible throughout our service area. We are also happy to collaborate with veterinary specialists for referral to ensure the best outcome for our patients. Our services include comprehensive diagnostics, intensive care hospitalization, emergency care for established patients, and on-site farm ambulatory service.

Health & Wellness Care

Annual exams are critical to establish a relationship with the patient, get to know their quirks and normal habits, and most importantly, to detect abnormalities early. Each patient is evaluated as an individual and vaccinated with a customized schedule based on risk. From the pleasure horse to the international competitor, we can help you develop an appropriate preventative health care plan.

Wellness and preventative care are provided for all horses including sport horses, broodmares and geriatric horses.

Preventative care includes:

  • Comprehensive physical exam
  • Customized vaccination schedule
  • Parasite prevention plan
  • Quantitative fecal exams
  • Coggin’s Testing
  • Routine dental care
  • Nutrition counseling

How to Prepare a Fecal Sample

Fresh fecal samples should be collected and sealed in an airtight plastic bag and refrigerated immediately. Once submitted to our office, we will evaluate the feces for a Fecal Egg Count and then recommend an appropriate parasite dewormer. A Fecal Egg Reduction Count may be recommended to determine whether drug resistant parasites are present on your farm.

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Advanced Dentistry

All dentistry is performed by a licensed veterinarian. Exams begin with a physical exam. This is followed by sedation and by a complete oral exam with a speculum to facilitate adequate visualization of the oral cavity. Both power dentistry and hand floats are utilized. Additional diagnostics such as xrays may be performed. Pain medication routinely is administered as part of our sedation protocol. Additional medication and/or local anethestics may be administered for more invasive procedures such as extractions.

  • Performance Floats
  • Corrective Dentistry
  • Alignments
  • Extractions
  • Wolf Tooth Extraction
  • Periodontal Treatment

Internal Medicine

Allegheny Equine Veterinary Service offers a wide range of medical services:

  • Colic
  • Endocrine Disease (PPID and EMS)
  • Infectious Disease
  • Dermatology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Neonatal Foal Care
  • Gastric Ulcers
  • Respiratory Disease
  • Neurologic Disease

Our hospital is equipped with an extensive in-house laboratory for immediate results that assist in guiding diagnosis and care. Video endoscopy for upper airway and stomach, xray and abdominal ultrasound are also available. Intensive care with intravenous fluids and hospitalization is available for patients in need.

Equine Lameness and Sports Medicine

Complete lameness diagnostic exams are conducted by collecting a thorough history, careful observation, and examination techniques including palpation, flexion tests, and peri-neural or intra-articular nerve blocks. Patients are generally examined in a straight line and/or lunged on both hard and soft footing. Treatment plans are created based on the diagnosis and may include: joint injections, exercise/physical therapy plans, shoeing recommendations, and oral medications.

Diagnostics/Imaging:
Digital Radiography
Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

Localized treatments available:
Therapeutic joint injections
Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein (IRAP)
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Class IV Laser Therapy
Thermotherapy Ice Spa

Systemic Treatments:
Bisphosphonates
Polysulfated aminoglycans (Adequan, Pentosan, Polyglycan, Legend)
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (Bute, Firocoxib)
Nutritional supplements

Podiatry & Farrier Services

We are blessed with several excellent farriers in our practice area. Our doctors often collaborate with farriers to optimize patient care and outcome. Our digital x-ray is an invaluable tool for podiatry and therapeutic shoeing. Our new hospital has a designated podiatry area just for working with farriers. Please feel free to contact us to coordinate a farrier appointment with your lameness exam.

Equine Breeding & Reproductive Services

Allegheny Equine Veterinary Service offers a wide range of reproductive services for mares. We understand the necessity of securing your investment and the health of your horses. The following procedures and treatments for mares are available on-site or at our facility in Elkins, WV:

Mares:

  • Pregnancy diagnosis via palpation, ultrasound or blood panels (for minis only)
  • Breeding soundness exams (uterine cytology, uterine biopsy, vaginal/cervical speculum exams)
  • Artificial insemination with shipped cooled or frozen semen
  • Embryo transfer
  • Management of high risk pregnancy
  • Foaling assistance (limited availability)

Foal Care:

  • Routine post-foaling examination
  • Early detection and treatment of problems such as failure of passive transfer, septicemia, septic joints & hypoxia
  • Administration of plasma

Equine Surgery

Allegheny Equine Veterinary Service performs a wide array of elective surgeries, both soft tissue and orthopedic. Whether your horse requires general anesthesia or a standing procedure, your horse will be closely monitored by one of our veterinarians to ensure the surgery is as safe and controlled as possible. Our veterinarians will evaluate your horse on a case by case basis to help you determine what is the best treatment option.

Common procedures include:

  • Castration (routine and cryptorchid)
  • Laceration repair & wound management
  • Tumor removal
  • Enucleation
  • Umbilical hernia repair
  • Dental extraction
  • Septic joint lavage & management
  • Sinus trephine & lavage
  • Ophthalmic surgery (cyclosporine implant, third eyelid repair)
  • Neurectomy
  • Splint bone removal
  • Foal ruptured bladder repair
  • Check ligament desmotomoy
  • Sequestrum removal
  • Fracture evaluation

Pre-purchase Examination

AEVS takes the pre-purchase exam very seriously. The goal of a pre-purchase exam is not to “pass” or “fail” the horse, nor should it be considered a guarantee of the horse’s future. However, a pre-purchase exam is a very valuable assessment that should be part of your decision to purchase. The exam involves an in-depth physical exam of all of the body systems and a lameness exam. The entire exam generally takes about two hours to complete. Additional diagnostics can be performed upon request (i.e.: x-rays, Coggins testing, drug testing). A standard form is used to document our findings and ensure consistency of the exam. This form is provided to potential buyers for preview. Prepurchase examinations are performed exclusively at our hospital location.

Humane Euthanasia for Horses

We understand that end-of-life decisions may be difficult to discuss. We are very willing to help guide you through the decision-making process. When you have questions about determining life quality, we can help. If humane euthanasia is the right decision, we offer this service, as well as burial planning assistance, in a professional and compassionate manner.