Expert Equine Eye Consultant - Brian Patterson
Equine eye consultant, Brian Patterson BVM&S Cert VOphthal MRCVS, works alongside the Equine Vet Clinic as a consultant on eye cases that require expert advice, diagnostics and therapies.
Brian, an RCVS recognised advanced practitioner in veterinary ophthalmology, provides an equine opthamology service partnering practices throughout the UK.
Brian Graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1996 and completed a 3 year residency at the University of Glasgow in equine medicine and surgery, with special reference to ophthalmology. Brian now holds the RCVS certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology, one of only a few full time ophthalmologists in the United Kingdom specialising in equine ophthalmology.
He is director of Animal Eye Consultants Ltd and a member of the Equine International Ophthalmology Consortium.
My Horse Needs Surgery
We have an operating theatre at Brown Egg Farm. This enables the practice to provide a wide range of surgical procedures from arthroscopy (key-hole surgery of joints) to delicate eye surgery.
Anaesthetised horses present unique challenges due to their weight, size and fractious nature. Following careful clinical assessment and injection of drugs to induce anaesthesia, the patient is winched from the padded ‘knock-down’ box on to the surgical table. This is anatomically designed to support the horse, protecting the head, neck and spine and minimising pressure on vital muscles. A large tube is inserted via the mouth through the larynx to gases that maintain the anaesthesia.
All anaesthetised horses are constantly monitored by an experienced veterinary anaesthetist, who records the heart rate and rhythm, the respiratory rate, and level of anaesthesia. Blood pressure is also continuously measured and appropriate medication given should it fall during the surgery. The patients also receive intravenous fluids throughout, to prevent dehydration.
It is unfortunate that, despite such intensive monitoring and care, complications can occur. These range from mild muscle damage, caused by the horse’s own weight pressing on its ‘downside’ muscles, through to a horse that injures his spine or fractures a leg when recovering from the anaesthetic. Complications are very rare less than 0.5%.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions or download our factsheets.