AVC Receives Donation to Purchase New Equine Surgery Table

A generous donation from the Equine Foundation of Canada has allowed the University of Prince Edward Island's Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) to purchase a state-of-the-art Haico equine surgery table.

The table holds animals weighing up to 1,300 kilograms or 2,900 pounds. It has adjustable side panels, some of which can be removed, that assist with safe positioning of large patients, and it can be tilted in different directions because of its advanced hydraulic system. The table can be moved around by one person, even with a horse on it, and it is very easy to clean.

Aimie Doyle, BSc, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, a large animal surgeon at AVC, says that the new table improves the ability of the large animal surgeons at AVC to service their patients.

“The table is fantastic,” she says. “I’ve operated on a lot of different surgery tables during my career, and this one is head and shoulders above any other I have used.”

The removable side panels on the table allow surgeons to “belly up” to a patient, which is particularly important when doing colic surgery, she says. And the tilt feature will allow the hospital to offer new services such as minimally invasive laproscopy.

Use of the table isn’t restricted to horses, says Doyle. Its flexible features will allow surgeons to operate on other species such as goats, sheep, and cattle. For instance, the head board can be used as a treatment table for smaller animals.

Four-legged animals are not the only ones to benefit from the new equipment. Operating on large animals is a very physical job, says Doyle. On average, a horse weighs about 500 kilograms, or 1,100 pounds, and the large animal surgeons at AVC do about 200-300 equine surgeries each year—an average of five per week. These can range from simple, short procedures such as a 20-minute hernia repair in a foal to longer, more complicated operations such as a three- to four-hour surgery on a horse suffering from colic.

The ease of use and improved access to patients provided by the new table eases physical strain on the surgeons, she says, ultimately improving the longevity of their careers.

“On behalf of AVC, I thank the Equine Foundation of Canada for its support of our large animal medical service,” says dean Donald Reynolds, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVM. “Funding from the Foundation has allowed us to improve and expand the services we provide to our equine patients, including the establishment of an equine chiropractic service and purchase of equine dentistry equipment.”

Founded in 1983, the Equine Foundation of Canada aids and promotes the health and welfare of horses across Canada.

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