Anaesthesia specialist and our facilities

We’re the only private equine hospital in the UK with a dedicated onsite specialist in equine anaesthesia, and recognise the increasing complexity of anaesthesia and the need for specialist knowledge to minimise the risks of anaesthesia in the horse.

Anaesthesia specialist

Our general anaesthesia provision is overseen by Kate Loomes BVSc MSc CertAVP(EP) CertAVP(VA) CertAVP(EM) Dip ECVAA MRCVS, who is an RCVS Recognised and European Specialist in veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia.

With years of specialist anaesthesia experience, Kate has a great deal of skill and expertise and is involved in ensuring anaesthesia is done to its highest standard, according to the needs of the individual patient.

She presents and publishes regularly on a national and international level and trains residents in anaesthesia from all over Europe.

Combining the latest technology to monitor blood pressure, blood gas concentrations and CO2 emissions, ensuring oxygenation is facilitated by mechanical ventilation, with the skills and knowledge of an anaesthesia specialist maximises owner confidence that their horse is truly safe in our hands.

Anaesthesia facilities

  • Three custom made, fully padded and specialised gripping rubber floor recovery boxes.
  • Head and tail rope assisted recovery systems, used routinely in aiding recovery.
  • The most up-to-date monitoring for every patient, including ECG, capnography, pulse oximetry, direct blood pressure measurement and inspired and expired oxygen and anaesthetic gas measurement.
  • Controlled mechanical ventilation to assist breathing.
  • Intraoperative blood gas analysis.
  • Specialist-led anaesthesia, specific for the needs of each patient.Full pre-anaesthetic examination prior to every procedure FOC.