Equine Surgery

In the realm of equine healthcare, precise diagnostics and targeted treatments are essential for ensuring the well-being of our equine companions. When it comes to addressing complex medical conditions, surgical interventions play a crucial role. At Jackpot Veterinary Center, we are proud to introduce our Equine Surgery services, led by our skilled surgeon, Dr. Luick.

Equine Surgery

Meet Our Surgeon

Dr. Mackenzie Luick brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our practice. With a passion for equine health and a commitment to excellence, she will be at the forefront of providing top-notch surgical care for our equine patients. Dr. Luick is scheduled to begin seeing patients in August of 2024 and we are so proud to have her join our team!

Understanding Equine Surgery

Equine Surgery is a specialized field that involves invasive procedures used to diagnose, treat, or manage various conditions affecting our equine companions. Equine Surgery is a vital aspect of veterinary medicine that allows us to have a deeper insight into the health of your horse. In the realm of equine surgery, there are two categories we focus on: Soft Tissue Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery.

Soft Tissue Surgery

Soft tissue surgery involves the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the non-bony parts of the body. These parts cover everything from internal organs, to the respiratory and reproductive systems, the urinary tract, and also the eyes. Our Soft Tissue procedures include:


• Colic Surgery (Laparotomy): Addressing colic, a common and potentially life-threatening condition.


• Upper Respiratory Surgery: Treating conditions affecting the respiratory system.


• Ophthalmic Surgery: Focusing on eye-related issues.


• Urinary Surgery: Addressing disorders of the urinary tract.


• Reproductive Surgery: Offering castration and ovariectomy services.


• Mass Removal: Managing and removing masses or tumors.

Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic surgery in equine medicine focuses on the musculoskeletal system, dealing with the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and other structures that deal with movement in horses. This specialized field is crucial for addressing a wide range of orthopedic issues that may affect horses, ranging from lameness and joint problems to more complex conditions. Our Orthopedic Surgery services include:


• Arthroscopy: Minimally invasive joint exploration and treatment.


• Septic Joint Treatment: Managing joint infections.


• Arthrodesis: Fusing joints for stability.


• Tenoscopy: Addressing conditions affecting tendons.

Why Equine Surgery?

Much like equine endoscopy, surgery is often necessary to provide accurate diagnoses and targeted treatments. While routine procedures like castration are essential, advanced surgeries such as colic surgery and arthroscopy address more complex issues.

When to Consider Equine Surgery

Our experienced team may recommend equine surgery, based on a thorough assessment of your horse’s health. If your horses is exhibiting any of the symptoms below, they may need surgery:

• Chronic Lameness


• Respiratory Distress


• Reproductive Issues


• Presence of Masses or Tumors


• Joint Problems


• Severe Wounds or Lacerations


• Fractures


• Gastrointestinal Distress (Colic, Obstructions, Displacements)


• Dental Problems (Fractures, Abscesses, Malocclusions)


• Tendon and Ligament Injuries


• Neurological Symptoms (Abnormal Gait, Loss of Coordination)


• Traumatic Injuries


• Intractable Pain


• Orthopedic Disorders (Arthritis, Degenerative Joint Disease)


• Infections Requiring


• Surgical Intervention


• Cardiovascular or Vascular Abnormalities


• Urinary Tract Infections

Our commitment to providing comprehensive equine surgical care means that our skilled team is equipped to handle a diverse range of conditions. If you notice any concerning symptoms in your horse or have received a recommendation for surgery, trust Jackpot Veterinary Center to deliver personalized and compassionate care tailored to your equine companion’s specific needs.

Equine Surgery at Jackpot Veterinary Center

At Jackpot Veterinary Center, we are fully equipped to provide comprehensive Equine Surgery services. Our commitment to excellence ensures that your horse receives the highest standard of care, whether it’s a routine procedure or a more advanced surgical intervention.
To discuss your horse’s surgical needs or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Luick, contact our office today. Trust Jackpot Veterinary Center for compassionate and cutting-edge equine surgical care. Your horse’s health is our priority.

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