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UCD Veterinary Hospital is one of the few facilities in Ireland that provides high quality specialist Equine Internal Medicine expertise.

Equine Internal Medicine services can evaluate diseases of particular systems such as:

  • Intestinal disease (e.g. chronic diarrhoea, chronic colic, gastric ulceration)    
  • Respiratory disease (e.g. recurrent nasal discharge, chronic cough, abnormal respiratory noise)
  • Cardiac disease (e.g. murmurs, arrhythmias)
  • Neurologic disease (e.g. behaviour abnormalities, abnormal posture or gait)
  • Uro-genital disease (e.g. haematuria, incontinence, painful urination)
  • Hepatic disease (e.g. jaundice, weight loss, photosensitivity)
  • Skin disease (e.g. hair loss, eruptions, pruritis)
  • Reproductive disease (e.g. sub-fertile mare)
  • Diseases of the young and older foal (pneumonia, diarrhoea, ill-thrift)
  • Endocrine disease (Equine cushings (PPID), Equine metabolic syndrome)

Equine Internal Medicine services can also investigate conditions where a system is not obvious:

  • Fever of unknown origin
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Poor performance

ucdvh equine medicine imageEquine Internal Medicine specialists perform a thorough clinical examination, choose and perform the most relevant diagnostic tests, and subsequently amalgamate and analyse the findings of those tests.  Then they discuss the diagnosis, prognosis and a treatment plan with the referring vet.





Diagnostic tests include endoscopy, diagnostic imaging, haematology, biochemistry, cytology, microbiology, parasitology, histopathology, endocrinology and hormone assay.

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Internationally recognised specialists have in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of equine internal medicine and how the horse’s body systems work and are experienced in managing equine internal medicine cases.

  • Specialist status is achieved by undergoing extensive and rigorous training and passing the certifying examination of the European or American College of Veterinary / Equine Internal Medicine
  • Specialists are also required to undertake continuing professional development and demonstrate ongoing clinical involvement, scholarship and research within Equine Internal Medicine with re-evaluation every 5 years to remain within the European College

Added value at the UCD Veterinary Hospital includes:

  • Direct access to collaboration with specialists in all fields of Veterinary Medicine in-house, including surgery, diagnostic imaging, clinical pathology, gross pathology, histopathology, microbiology, virology, parasitology and equine nutrition
  • Access to top international experts in the field of Equine Internal Medicine

This allows a comprehensive and holistic approach to individual equine cases in which conditions are often multifactorial. Input from experts in a number of different fields can be amalgamated, at no additional cost, to inform a solution.


American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine: www.acvim.org

European College of Equine Internal Medicine: www.eceim.info