Westhills offers a wide variety of equine veterinary services in Parkland County and area. We offer both mobile services and a hospitalized facility located just west of Stony Plain, AB. To learn more about our services, click on the links below.
Westhills offers a wide variety of laboratory, in-house and on farm, diagnostics including, but not limited to:
Complete blood counts and chemistry
Fecal egg counts
If you are interested or have questions about other diagnostic testing not included above, feel free to contact us. We are also able to refer patients to equine hospitals for diagnostic referrals not available at Westhills.
Westhills is dedicated to providing your horse with the most up to date preventative medicine care. We offer a wide range of preventative medicine services that are specifically individualized to suit your horse's or your barn's specific needs.
Preventative medicine services include:
Vaccinations* such as:
2 way ( Flu/Rhino)
3 way (WEE, EEE, and Tetanus)
4 way (WNV, WEE, EEE, and Tetanus)
General Health Exams
Individual to Whole Barn Wellness Programs
*Please contact the clinic in order to make a vaccine schedule that is specific to your horse.
Dental health is important to all horses including performance horses and pleasure ponies. Dental issues can cause your horse to be uncomfortable, have bit issues and / or lose weight. Routine dental care can help your horse stay healthy and happy.
We provide dentistry services including oral exams, power floatation* and extractions.
*For power floats on the farm we require a clean, dry area with power, as well as an overhanging beam (rafter, stall door, etc.) in order to lift the horse’s head up for the procedure. We offer all dentistry services at our clinic if you do not have these facilities on your farm.
It is important that veterinarians and farriers work together to ensure that your horse remains sound and performs atht their top level. This collaborative approach allows a combination of diagnostic techniques and practical experience to approach hoof care tailored to your horse's needs.
At Westhills, we work closely with farrier Jerome Park to ensure that your horse's farrier needs are met which may include therapeutic trimming and shoeing. Jerome has over 15 years of farrier experience, including working and traveling with the show Cavalia for several years.
We are accredited with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and are able to offer Coggins testing and health papers for export to the United States.
To allow time for shipping of samples and paperwork, please allow 10 business days from your appointment to the time you need the documentation.
Coggins testing usually takes 2-4 business days to process and is valid for 6 months. Health papers take 3-5 business days to process and are valid for 30 days from the date of examination to crossing the borer. If you are exporting to the US you need a current negative Coggins test as well as signed health papers by an accredited veterinarian and the CFIA.
For Coggins paperwork please have the legal land description of where the horse is located. For health papers please have the rural address of where the horse is located and the end destination address.
Whether you are purchasing a new pony club horse or a performance horse, a pre-purchase exam can be a valuable tool that can help you to make an informed decision when deciding to purchase your new horse.
Pre-purchase exams include a complete physical exam as well as a soundness evaluation. Additional diagnostics and testing including x-rays, ultrasounds, laboratory/drug testing are available at an additional cost.
Please fill out the pre purchase form prior to booking your pre purchase exam. The form must be submitted to Westhills by email or fax before confirming an appointment
Everyone wants their horse to perform at their full potential. Lameness is one of the most common reasons that your horse may not be performing to their full ability.
A lameness evaluation includes a complete physical exam and a soundness exam (evaluation of your horse in motion, flexion tests and hoof tester application).
We offer further diagnostics including;
Diagnostic joint and/or nerve blocks
Westhills is equipped with a shockwave, which is a non-invasive treatment for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions including but not limited to wounds, osteoarthritis, soft tissue injuries and caudal heel pain. The shockwave triggers the body's own repair and healing response without trauma. Shockwave can be used alone or in combination with other treatments.
Injury or disease that affects vision can be painful and has the potential to affect vision long term. Westhills offers diagnostics and treatments for a variety of ophthalmic conditions including:
Sub palpebral lavage placement
If necessary, we also offer referral to a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist in Calgary, Alberta.
Reproduction services include:
Breeding Soundness Exam
Cycle Evaluation and Pregnancy Checks
New Foal Exam
Breeding Soundness Exam: Thinking about breeding your mare? Preparing prior to breeding season increases the chances of getting pregnant. A breeding soundness exam includes a physical exam, an ultrasound, endometrial culture / cytology and biopsy samples.
Cycle Evaluation and Pregnancy Check: The ultrasound is a useful tool for following a mare's cycle in order to determine the appropriate time to breed. It can also diagnose pregnancies as early as 13 days after ovulation.
Artificial Insemination: Artificial Insemination is becoming a popular method of breeding in the equine world. Our team uses several tools such as portable ultrasound to determine the best time to inseminate your mare to maximize their chance of becoming pregnant. Advantages of artificial insemination include accurate breeding at ovulation, minimal risk of disease transmission, improved safety for your mare and handlers, and the ability to breed your prize mare to a winning stallion that is across the border.
New Foal Exam: Congratulations on your new foal!! We want your foal to have a healthy start to their life. Our New Foal Exams include complete physical exams on new foals, which allows us to determine the health of your brand new baby including colostrum levels, congenital deformities such as cleft palates and regular limb deformities, and umbilical issues. Our New Foal Exam can be tailored to your specific needs and concerns.
Stallion Collection: Westhills offers stallion collection for fresh cooled shipping and insemination.
Please contact the clinic for more details on our reproduction services or to set up an appointment.
Dr. Emily is a graduate of the Veterinary Chiropractic Learning Centre, the only accredited animal chiropractic school in Canada. She is a member of the College of Animal Chiropractors and is certified in Veterinary Chiropractic care as a Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapist (VSMT). Using Animal Chiropractic/ VSMT, Dr Emily has a unique and whole body approach to multiple issues including injuries, performance, lameness and preventative care.
Animal Chiropractic/VSMT is an alternative and complementary medicine that is based on a whole body approach in order to improve the health and wellness of your horse. The basis of Animal Chiropractic/VSMT is the relationship between structure (the spine) and function (the nervous system) and how these systems interact to affect health. This modality involves the diagnosis and management of mechanical musculoskeletal and nervous system conditions. Benefits of Animal Chiropractic include improved performance and quality of life, relief of pain and muscle tension, prevention of injuries and improved joint stiffness and range of motion. While Animal Chiropractic/VSMT is not a replacement for traditional veterinary medicine it can be used in conjunction for a comprehensive approach to the well being of your horse.
Westhills offer ambulatory services in Parkland County and surrounding areas. Our mobile units are equipped with:
A wide range of pharmaceuticals and vaccines
Portable digital radiography (X-ray) units
Portable ultrasound machines
Power floats and dentistry equipment
Basic surgical supplies
Westhills is excited to be able to offer our recently completed home base office/ hospital facility, located just west of Stony Plain, AB. Here, we are able to offer hospitalization for 24/7 care of patients, as well as facilities appropriate for everyday appointments.
We are equipped with several stalls and stocks, as well as all of our diagnostics equipment in order to make patients and clients feel safe and secure in a climate controlled environment.
We may ask that you bring your horse to us at the clinic in cases where on-farm facilities are not appropriate (such as cold weather or where the farm facilities are not equipped for the type of appointment or treatment required). Our facility allows us to ensure 24/7 care when necessary.
Medical acupuncture is a therapeutic method involving insertion of fine sterile needles and is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture. Medical acupuncture involves knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology with an emphasis on evidence based medicine. The main effect of needling is activation of nerve fibers near a point resulting in changes throughout the entire body. A thorough history, physical and myofascial exam and often times a lameness exam allows the veterinarian to determine the location and source of dysfunction and comfort and from there, formulate an appropriate treatment plan. There are a wide range of benefits including treatment of pain, inflammation, neurologic problems, digestive and musculoskeletal conditions.
Westhills works closely with Jody Schulze McMann at Broken Spur Equine Therapy. Jody is a certified Equine Therapist.
Jody is dedicate to working as a part of your horse's wellness team to help your horse be the best that they can be. She enjoys collaborating with the Westhills team, allowing for a more comprehensive approach and ensuring that all aspects of your horse's well being are being addressed. Jody and her husband currently live in the Thorsby area where they have a mixed farm.
Visit her website at www.brokenspurequinetherapy.com