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Equine Practice
Dystocia and postpratum complications in the mare
  1. Andrew McGladdery

    Andrew McGladdery graduated from Glasgow University in 1985 with a degree in veterinary medicine and surgery. He was a Horserace Betting Levy Board resident in equine studies at Rossdale and Partners in Newmarket from 1988 to 1991, and became a partner in the practice in 1994. He holds the RCVS certificate in equine stud medicine.


DYSTOCIA is a potentially dangerous condition for both mare and foal and must be treated as one of the true emergencies faced by the equine veterinary surgeon. The aim should be to save the life of the two animals. However, the mare's life and her subsequent breeding potential often takes precedence. This article discusses the diagnosis and management of dystocia as well as various postpartum complications which may potentially arise.

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