Surgeons at the Equine Medical Center use laparoscopy, a minimally invasive procedure where surgery is performed through small incisions using specialized instruments, to assist horses requiring soft tissue surgery.

Our state-of-the-art laparoscopic equipment includes a vessel-sealing device, which allows surgeons to perform procedures more efficiently without the use of suture or other foreign materials traditionally used to control bleeding (hemostasis).

  • Surgical removal of pathological ovaries in mares
  • Retrieval of retained testicles
  • Investigation of a variety of conditions, such as intermittent low-grade colic and suspected abdominal tumors

Horses treated using laparoscopic surgery, as opposed to a traditional surgical approach, experience:

  • Minimal scarring and less pain
  • Significantly reduced recovery time
  • Faster return to exercise and performance

Appointments & Referrals: 703-771-6800

To schedule an appointment, refer a patient, or inquire about our clinical services, please call 703-771-6800 or email emcinfo@vt.edu.