Surgery has been an area of expertise at Rainbow Equine Hospital since it’s inception 30 years ago and the hospital’s 3 surgeons have an impressive level of experience gained from working in leading practices and Universities across the world. The hospital is equipped to undertake any recognised surgical procedure and can boast one of the busiest surgical caseloads in the country. Last year over 450 procedures were performed under general anaesthesia and over 200 major surgical procedures were performed standing under sedation with multimodal analgesia.


In 2016 we will be adding a second operating theatre with direct access to intra-operative computed tomography.

Our state of the art surgical facilities include:

  • Dedicated surgical suite refurbished 2014
  • Kruuse Multi-tilt table
  • Rubber floored standing surgical suite
  • Dedicated qualified surgical nurses
  • Three fully padded induction and recovery boxes
  • Assisted rope recovery system following anaesthesia
  • State of the art laparoscopic and arthroscopic equipment new in 2013
  • New dental extraction specialist equipment
  • Diode laser for upper respiratory tract surgery and mass removal
  • Equipment and expertise to perform cervical fusion (wobbler surgery)
  • Invasive blood pressure monitoring and blood gas analysis
  • Mechanical ventilation under general anaesthesia
  • CCTV-monitored recoveries

General Admission Information

Surgery Admission Information

Standing surgery is a particular area of expertise at Rainbow and we are able to undertake procedures standing than many practices perform under general anaesthesia:

  • Sinus surgery
  • Minimally invasive Steinman pin repulsion
  • Minimally invasive transbuccal extraction
  • Repair of selected fractures
  • Laparoscopic ovariectomy and cryptorchidectomy
  • Laparoscopy for investigation of chronic colic
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Penile amputation
  • Dorsal spinous process resection
  • Inter-spinous ligament desmotomy
  • Splint bone removal
  • Jugular vein thrombectomy
  • Cystotomy
  • Selected laryngeal surgeries
  • Eye removal and prosthesis
  • Cyclosporin implantation for recurrent uveitis
  • Corneal surgery