Transporting Injured Animals – Dr Zdenek Zert

Practical considerations, challenges and current limitations

Transporting an injured horse to the referral facility requires consultation with an experienced veterinarian. The movement of horses is a demanding option, particularly in cases of myopathy, pelvic fracture, severe neurological problem etc. Preferred method of transportation is in the standing position with fixation bandage (cast) on the limb without any sedation or in only mild analgesia and tranquilization. A real problem of transporting the adult horse is movement in a recumbent position and requires choosing sufficient anaesthesia alongside the use of proper fixation devices not to worsen the neurologic, metabolic and orthopaedic injury of the animal.

In the Czech Republic for the transportation of standing unstable horses, a mobile cage is used for the support of the horse during loading, transportation and off-loading. For transportation of the animal in recumbent position we use a rescue glide, which allows us to move the animal from difficult accessible places and as restraint during transportation. For this type of transportation we use anaesthesia by non-continual application of xylazine, diazepam, ketamine and guaifenesin.

Key messages;

  • To be careful in the indication of the transportation of injured horse
  • Use the rescue glide for movement of the horse from difficult accessible places and for transport
  • Consider the possibility of the mobile stock for support of horses during loading, transportation and off-loading.
Zdeněk Žert – Vet Med Uni Brno – Head of the Surgery Department of Equine Clinic -Uni of Vet and Pharm Sci Brno

Zdeněk graduated from the Veterinary University Brno in 1979 and then worked in the Clinic of Surgery with responsibility for diagnostic imagery.

In 1994 he became a Diplomate of the ECVS.

1996 – 1999 he was head of the clinic of surgery (all species).

Since 1999 he has full responsibility for equine and large animal surgery and diagnostic imagery in the newly established equine clinic.

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