Equine Veterinary Services

How we can help

Supporting trainers, owners and
partners in horse health

Supporting trainers, owners and partners in horse health

Dr Church performs a dynamic scope
on a race horse

Newmarket Equine partners with racehorse trainers, polo horse owners and performance and pleasure horse owners on all aspects of horse care and treatment.

With decades of local and international veterinary experience and horsemanship, Dr Ian Church and his team focus on identifying problems early, bringing proactive solutions and developing tailored approaches that keep horses healthy, fit and strong.

We also work closely with partners, including Inglis Auctioneers and their clients, to provide thorough pre and post sales assessments that give owners the key information required for informed purchase decisions.

The Newmarket team travels from our Carrum Downs base to support the needs of our clients.

EQUiNE veterinary services

What we do, in detail

Digital Radiographs

Digital radiography provides the ability to obtain excellent quality films in a digital format. We use the latest sound system which creates clear images for the Veterinarian to see accurately so they can provide a clear diagnosis. Converting to digital radiography allows us to store images as computer files and gives us the ability to email and copy to CD the images so they can be viewed on another computer.

As the system is portable and images are able to be seen at the time of the examination, the Veterinarian is able to identify the problem quickly and commence a treatment plan. However, most veterinarians like to have a more detailed examination of the images on the large screen in the clinic that allows identification of boney changes previously missed by plain film.

Digital Ultrasound

Newmarket 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.

Dynamic Respiratory Endoscope

Newmarket Equine 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.

Dynamic obstructions of the upper airway often only occur during high-speed and intense exercise, resulting in events that are likely being under diagnosed or misdiagnosed by resting endoscopy alone. Dynamic Respiratory Endoscopy(DRE) is suited to horses with upper airway disorders, abnormal noise production during exercise, exercise intolerance, and poor performance.

The entire exam is recorded and photographed. The video can be viewed at speed and in slow motion, as well as still images taken using special software. A written report and CD/DVD with all videos and photos of the DRE examination can be provided.


An ECG is a very useful tool in the diagnosis of heart disease as well as monitoring the heart rate and rhythm of critically ill patients. Our Veterinarians are trained to use the equipment to obtain a reading of the horse’s heart rhythm. We have an in-house specialist in reading ECGs.


Need to insure your investment? Our qualified and registered Veterinarians can examine your horse and provide you with a Certificate of Examination for Mortality Insurance Purposes which you then forward on to your chosen insurance company.


Joint disease/osteoarthritis is characterized by inflammation within the joint that leads to the production of large quantities of inflammatory enzymes that cause further damage. Often the process of joint disease is characterized by inflammation of the joint capsule followed by progressive destruction of the articular cartilage. These pro-inflammatory enzymes actually delay the body’s own natural healing response.

IRAP is a system developed in Europe that stimulates the horse’s own white blood cells to produce anti-inflammatory mediators and enzymes to reduce the inflammatory phase of joint disease. Blood is taken from the jugular vein and incubated for 24 hours in special syringes that contain glass beads, which induce the white blood cells to produce and secrete therapeutic proteins during the incubation period. After 24 hours the blood is centrifuged and all red blood cells removed. This leaves a protein rich serum which is then split into individual doses ready for injection into the diseased joint. Typically each collection produces enough serum for between 5-7 injections. It is important to note that the injections are only suitable to treat the horse from which the original blood was collected.

Newmarket Equine now provides the newly updated and improved IRAP II services within the clinic enabling us to manage the process right from the harvesting of the blood to the injecting of the serum.

Lameness Examinations

Lameness examinations are conducted on your property where our veterinarians can provide professional services in the horse’s own environment. The Veterinarian can then design a treatment plan and provide further diagnostic tests should they be required.


Our clinic provides full services of Pathology by using an external Pathologist who treats our clinic with priority to enable us to obtain same day results for blood samples submitted. Other samples may take up to 24-48 hours before we are able to provide our clients with results.

Pre Purchase / International Examinations

We provide a full pre-purchase service which includes a complete clinical examination, endoscopic examination, digital radiographs and ultrasound. We provide a full written report advising any findings with professional opinions. Please contact the office for full costing details for this service.

PRP Therapy

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a new treatment providing positive results in research and practical outcomes in both human and equine applications.  Platelets are best known for their role in initiating blood clotting however they have also been found to be a rich source in promoting healing.  PRP has many growth factors with varying actions. Some of these growth factors accelerate tissue and wound healing and they promote healing via a regenerative process rather than a reparative process (scar tissue).

Blood is composed of red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma the non-cellular component of blood. PRP therapy involves a single blood sample from a patient being processed through a series of centrifugation procedures to separate and concentrate the platelets from the other blood cells.  The resulting product, the PRP, contains specific growth factors which can then be delivered to injured tissues to enhance healing.  As PRP is an autologous product (meaning it comes from the patient’s own blood), it will not be rejected by the patient’s immune system. 

After harvesting and processing, the resulting PRP is then injected for example into a tendon at the site of damage under ultrasound guidance followed by a rehabilitation program depending on the individual patient.

Sales - Inglis, Magic Millions & New Zealand Bloodstock

Working together with Inglis, Newmarket Equine are committed to servicing clients at all Inglis Sales at Oaklands Junction, Victoria. Our vets are available on site to treat horses and also service clients with professional opinions and viewing X-Rays. Our clinic is contracted to Inglis to perform all endoscopy services when a horse has been sold through the auction ring. We provide coloured certificate photographs from the video endoscope for the purchaser of the horse.

If required, our vets are also available to travel to other large sales at interstate or overseas venues to provide clients with their professional opinions and advice before purchasing a horse. The major yearling sales generally see our partners in attendance.

Stud Book Identifications & Micro-chipping

All thoroughbreds need to be micro-chipped and registered with the Australian Stud Book before they are able to get onto the racetrack. Please contact the Australian Stud Book to obtain the relevant forms and then contact us to complete the procedure for you.

Shockwave Therapy

Shock wave therapy (also referred to as ESWT – extracorporeal shock wave therapy) is a treatment available for numerous conditions including tendon injuries, sesamoiditis, non-union fractures, proximal suspensory desmitis in both the forelimb and hind limb, suspensory branch attachments, back pain including kissing spines and muscle damage, distal hock joint pain and curbs, muscle attachments to bone including avulsions of muscles connected to the pelvis and distal limb ligament damage.

Video Endoscopy

Video endoscopy is used to assess the upper respiratory tract of performance horses.

Our video endoscope is mainly used for pre and post-sale laryngeal examination of racehorses sold at sales. Videos can be recorded and kept for analysis as well as being copied onto DVD.

Video Gastroscope

Newmarket Equine invested in a video gastroscope system in 2011. This gives the clinic the ability to investigate the stomach lining of a horse to ascertain whether there is any damage or the presence of ulcers.

Stomach ulcers are widespread in performance horses, particularly where stabled. With the ability to give an accurate diagnosis, our veterinarians are then able to prescribe the correct treatment.

Yearling Sales Digital Radiography

Newmarket Equine provides a full service of Yearling X-Rays for clients by taking a full series of 36 images and submit them to the sales repository on your behalf. We use new digital radiographic equipment which can be uploaded onto the sales website (Inglis or Magic Millions) for other registered Veterinarians to view over the internet.

We also offer survey radiographs well ahead of the sales and our experts then provide a report and plan, if necessary, for the best way to treat any issues that arise.

24/7 Emergency Support

We’re available for emergency veterinary support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 0417 396 511.

We are here for you

24/7 Emergency Support

We’re available for emergency
veterinary support, 24 hours a day,
7 days a week.
Call 0417 396 511.

We’re available for emergency veterinary support, 24 hours a day,
7 days a week.

Call 0417 396 511.


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