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Practice Tip
Remote intramuscular injection in unmanageable horses
  1. Eddie Clutton

    Eddie Clutton qualified from Liverpool University in 1981 and remained there for two years pursuing the diploma in veterinary anaesthesia. Between 1983 and 1989 he held the post of assistant professor of veterinary anesthesiology at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. He became lecturer in veterinary anaesthesiology at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 1990, where he is currently director of anaesthesia.


INJECTABLE anaesthetics are usually given to horses by intravenous injection because this produces a faster onset of action and a more predictable effect compared with intramuscular administration. Drug doses are lower and so costs are reduced. Unfortunately, in some animals, it may not be easy or safe for a drug to be administered intravenously. In these circumstances, an alternative approach is required. This practice tip describes a remote intramuscular technique used by the author when direct injection is impossible.

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