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Equine Practice
Decision making in the diagnosis and management of bone spavin in horses
  1. Martin Gough

    Martin Gough qualified from London in 1989. He has just completed an ILPH-sponsored residency and postgraduate degree project at Edinburgh veterinary school on the diffusion of local anaesthetic. He holds RCVS certificates in equine practice and equine surgery (orthopaedics).

  2. Graham Munroe

    Graham Munroe graduated from Bristol in 1979. He is in private equine consultancy practice in Scotland and northern England. He holds the RCVS certificate in equine orthopaedics, the RCVS diploma in equine stud medicine, a diploma of fellowship from the RCVS, a PhD from Glasgow University and is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons.


BONE spavin is one of the more common causes of chronic hindlimb lameness in mature horses. Achieving a definitive diagnosis and identifying the best method of treatment are perceived as problem areas. This article describes the diagnostic signs and tests that the authors find most useful and discusses the various treatment options.

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