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Equine Practice
Use of indwelling intravenous catheters in the horse
  1. Safia Barakzai

    Safia Barakzai graduated from Bristol in 1998. She worked in mixed and equine practice before spending six months at Liverpool, specialising in equine radiography and scintigraphy. In 2000, she began a Horserace Betting Levy Board senior clinical training scholarship in equine surgery at Edinburgh. She holds the RCVS certificate in equine surgery (soft tissue).

  2. Keith Chandler

    Keith Chandler graduated from Glasgow in 1993 and worked for some time in both mixed and specialised equine practice. After completing a clinical scholarship in equine and farm animal medicine at Glasgow, and four years as a lecturer at Edinburgh, he moved to the Moray Coast Veterinary Group in Inverness-shire. He holds the RCVS certificate in equine practice.


THE use of intravenous catheters facilitates the administration of fluids, blood and drugs to the equine patient. A variety of catheters are available for use in the horse, all of which have advantages and disadvantages. Sterility when placing an indwelling intravenous catheter, and proper maintenance of the catheter are of paramount importance in order to minimise the risk of thrombophlebitis. This article provides a step-by-step guide to the placement of three types of commonly used intravenous catheters, and discusses how to manage thrombophlebitis and other potential complications of intravenous catheterisation.

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