Radiography is a non-invasive imaging procedure which can be used to image the internal structures of your horse. We use the latest digital x-ray machines to produce the highest quality images. The digital radiographs produced can be manipulated and enhanced using the latest software to produce diagnostic digital radiographs. These images are able to be viewed at the horses side to allow an immediate treatment plan to be instituted. The digital images can then stored on a server so as to be accessible anywhere, any time. This makes it possible to email radiographs to other veterinarians around the world or directly to clients upon request. 

Digital radiographs are often required for detailed prepurchase examinations to assess your purchase for conditions such as osteoarthritis, osteochondral (chips) bone fragments, osteochondritis dissecans (OCD's) and bone cysts. 

Sydney Equine offers the ability of ultrasound examinations to be carried out at your property. We have state of the art machines which gives us the ability to store the information in a digital format. Ultrasound is available to assess soft tissue changes including injuries to tendons and ligaments as well as heart and lung scanning.

Sydney Equine Practice uses a Dynamic Respiratory Endoscope (DRE) to assist our veterinarians to accurately diagnose and treat upper respiratory disorders in horses exercising under normal environmental conditions at the racecourse or your property.

Dynamic obstructions of the upper airway often only occur during high-speed and/or intense exercise meaning resting upper airway respiratory endoscopes often under diagnose or fail to diagnose conditions. DRE is suited to horses with abnormal noise production during exercise, exercise intolerance, and poor performance. 


ECG is a non invasive test that is used to measure the electrical activity in the heart using small electrodes attached to your horses skin. This test can be performed during exercise and recorded to help distinguish between dysrhythmias that maybe normal physiological conditions and pathologic conditions causing poor performance. 

Horses are often not able to show us any signs that may indicate an area of soreness causing lameness.  In these case nerve blocks can be very useful to isolate the region. Nerve blocks involve placing a small volume of local anaesthetic over a nerve which numbs the pain that is coming from below this point. After the nerve is desensitised the horse can be re-examined and if the lameness has resolved then the lameness has been localised to this area. The veterinarian is able to examine this area with ultrasound/ x-rays or additional imaging.