Equine Services & Facilities
West Wind Veterinary Hospital, located just outside Sherwood Park, Alberta, is a fully equipped medical and surgical hospital. Our facility includes an equine surgical suite with padded induction and recovery rooms, an in-house lab and pharmacy, and a radiology room. The primary barn has 9 standard stalls, 2 foaling stalls and isolation facilities. Outdoor paddocks are available. West Wind has a covered arena allowing lameness exams to take place year round. Our barn is designed to manage reproduction, dental, medical, and surgical procedures. Our designated reproduction stocks area boasts SoftLine® non-slip floors.
West Wind has two stalls that are completely isolated from each other and from the rest of the hospital. They have separate access, and separate ventilation units. These stalls are used to hospitalize horses that are suspected of having or that have been diagnosed with an infectious disease.
Having an equine emergency? We are ready for your horse emergencies. Call 780-662-0112 at any time of day or night. We have equine veterinarians on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Lameness & Pre-purchase
Lameness evaluations may be performed at West Wind or at your farm. Veterinarians are equipped with new portable wireless digital x-ray machines and ultrasound to allow accurate diagnosis.
Treatment options may include: joint injections, IRAP, PRP, stem cell therapy, shockwave, acupuncture, and mesotherapy.
The purpose of a veterinary pre-purchase exam is to identify any health or lameness concerns prior to purchasing a horse, such that you can make an educated decision on the purchase. Our pre-purchase exam includes: physical examination, musculoskeletal exam, lameness evaluation and if requested, radiographs, ultrasonography, endoscopy, coggins and drug testing can be performed.
Portable wireless digital x-ray machines allow high quality imaging in hospital and on farm. West Wind has portable ultrasound machines that are an effective diagnostic tool for tendon and ligament injuries, abdominal, thoracic and reproductive evaluation.
West Wind has an in house video endoscope that is an excellent diagnostic tool for upper airway and respiratory disease. In addition, it is used to diagnose gastric ulcers and bladder stones. Portable scopes are available for farm calls.
West Wind is prepared to deal with a wide variety of medical problems including colic, colitis, neurological disease, neonatal care, and infectious disease. We are equipped with in house laboratory equipment, colic stalls, mare-foal stalls and isolation facilities.
Appointments with board certified veterinary Internal Medicine specialists, Cardiologists and Ophthalmologists from the University of Calgary and Guardian Veterinary Centre can be arranged at our hospital.
An annual thorough oral exam (and dental float if necessary) is very important to the well being of your horse. We will assess the horse's head and mouth for disorders that may affect feed utilization, athletic performance, and overall health.
We are committed to providing excellent dental care, have special training in dental procedures, and we actively pursue continuing education on dentistry. Along with routine annual dental maintenance, the following services are offered by our experienced veterinarians: extraction of unsalvageable teeth, radiology of the head and teeth, geriatric horse dentistry, miniature horse dentistry, performance horse dentistry, corrective incisor alignment for malocclusions such as overbite, underbite, dorsal or ventral curvature of incisors, diagonal bite, etc. and emergency care of injuries to the head and mouth.
Dental x-rays are used to determine if there are retained tooth fragments; fractured, diseased or infected teeth, and to detect the presence sinus or bony abnormalities of the head.
Our full range of services include: artificial insemination using fresh, cooled or frozen semen, breeding soundness evaluations (mare and stallion), embryo transfer (recipient herd available), stallion collection and evaluation (including DNA viability assessment, semen extender evaluations and shipping window determination), sub-fertility investigations (including in hospital uterine cultures with cytology), early pregnancy diagnosis (including twin reduction), pregnancy management and foaling observations and neonatal care and management.
West Wind Veterinary Hospital has a fully equipped surgical facility, and visiting board certified equine surgeons to provide all forms of surgical care to horses.
Surgeries performed at West Wind include colic, arthroscopy, laparoscopy, fracture repair, throat surgery, castration, wound management, C-section, and standing surgeries: enucleation, mass removal, and bladder stone removal.
West Wind has veterinarians certified in acupuncture. Acupuncture can be used as a treatment aid for a variety of conditions including lameness, pain and neurological disease. We also have staff certified in equine massage therapy and we are proud to offer these services to our patients.