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The Drakenstein Veterinary Clinic's equine medicine service operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is provided by Dr. Pia Randleff-Rasmussen. The small animal medicine service is provided by Dr. Adi Graiser. State-of-the-art diagnostic equipment includes digital ultrasound, ECG, endoscopy, digital radiography, scintigraphy and dynamic high-speed videoendoscopy using a treadmill. All blood samples are processed by our in-house diagnostic laboratory.

The Drakenstein Veterinary Clinic sees over 500 horses per year for a wide variety of disorders which affecting various body systems such as cardiac, dermatology, endocrine, gastrointestinal, haemodynamic, hepatic, metabollic, musculoskeletal, neurologic, opthalmic, renal and respiratory. Some of these disorders are acute or chronic which may necessitate a prolonged recovery in our hospitlization facility. Over 20 turn-out paddocks are available for horses during their recovery period. Dedicated, well-trained veterinary nurses and interns provide 24/7 high-level care for all companion animals that are admitted to the Drakenstein Veterinary Clinic. All procedures, medications and treatments are specifically individualised for each companion animal under the expert supervision of our veterinarians.

The Drakenstein Veterinary Clinic facility contains a small animal clinic with two consultation rooms, a procedure room and a dedicated surgical theatre with recovery room. The equine clinic has a dedicated medicine barn with 10 stalls and a surgical barn with 12 stalls. Dedicated mare and foal stalls are available when required. In addition, a full four stall isolation facility that is temperature controlled is available for horses with infectious diseases in order to maintain biosecurity and prevent the spread of disease to other hospitalized patients. Two rubberized stalls are available for horses suffering neurological disorders that are either unable to walk or are recumbent – these stalls are equipped with hydraullic lifts, rubberized flooring and oxygen feeds allowing veterinarians to provide the best-possible care. An Anderson Rescuer Equine Sling is available to support a horse during rehabilitation and recovery. Admission to the equine clinic starts in the triage area that is equipped with a rubberized floor, two crushes, ECG, video endoscopes (1m for upper respiratory tract and a 3m gastroscope), two ultrasound machines and two x-ray machines. All patient details are digitally captured and displayed on mutiple computer screens providing our veterinarians and nursing support staff immediate access to records and treatment sheets.

Internal Medicine: programs and services
  • Biopsies and histopathology
  • Blood transfusions
  • Colic medical work-ups
  • Critical-care of compromised foals
  • Endoscopy (mouth, nasal passages, larynx, oesophagus, stomach, duodenum, rectum, uterus and bladder)
  • High care for horses after colic surgery
  • Isolation facility for infectious diseases
  • Local and worldwide medical consultation
  • Nuclear medicine (cancer screening)
  • Neurological assessment (cerebrospinal fluid collection / myelography)
  • Outpatient treatment
  • Radiography
  • Ultrasound (cardiac, thorax, abdomen and tendons)