Archive for the Laboratory Category

Adiponectin testing – another string to the bow of EMS testing

We have recently launched adiponectin as a additional option when testing for EMS.  Adiponectin is a beneficial fat-derived hormone that normally improves insulin sensitivity.  Obese and laminitis-prone horses/ponies often have low adiponectin levels and this has been shown to be a good predictor of future laminitis risk.

Horses and ponies don’t need to be fasted prior to sampling, just take a blood sample in a red-top plain tube whenever you decide to test your patient.  Just remember to separate the serum, and send to the Laboratory in a chiller pack – please contact the laboratory and we can send these packs free of charge –

Please feel free to download our recent guide to Adiponectin testing for more information on this popular, practical, and useful EMS test.



Autumn newsletter – introducing serum iron as a marker of inflammation

We have introduced serum iron as a inflammatory marker to a number of our profiles, since it is a sensitive and specific marker of inflammation in horses and outperforms fibrinogen.  Please see our Autumn Newsletter for further information.

Laboratory Newsletter Spring 2016

Please see below for our latest newsletter:

Laboratory Newsletter Spring 2016

Liphook Equine Hospital are pleased to announce that our CT scanner is up and running. Please see the link below for more information:

Liphook Equine Hospital – CT Scanner

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First wide bore CT Scanner installed at Liphook Equine Hospital

The Liphook Equine Hospital has installed the first wide bore CT scanner available for horses in the UK. The design of our CT suite is unique and purpose built in order to accommodate all shapes and sizes of patients. Our CT scanner has been specifically designed so that we can scan the head and neck of horses under standing sedation, and the limbs of horses under general anaesthesia. The extra-large bore CT scanner means that we will be able to scan more of the horse than ever before. The CT scanner has an inner diameter of 80cm wide which means that whole body scans will be possible in smaller patients. The CT suite has an innovative platform which is unique to Liphook and can be used to lift and lower the standing patient into position as well as doubling as a bed for the anaesthetised horse.

What is CT?

CT stands for computed tomography and is an imaging technique that uses computerised x-rays. A moving gantry scans 360 degrees around the patient which produces thousands of images. These images can then be reconstructed and viewed in many different ways. This imaging modality is very useful when imaging anatomically complex regions such as the head and will help to identify dental disease, sinusitis and neck abnormalities as well as much more.

Our CT, in addition to our MRI, will allow us to offer the most advanced imaging modalities to our patients. We look forward to the progress this will allow us, in diagnosing and treating disease in our patients.

What does it involve?

The CT suite is a temperature controlled room in a quiet corner of the hospital. The scan time is very short (around 30 seconds). During the scan the horse is required to keep absolutely still. When horses are having scans under sedation, the horse will be sedated and positioned with their head resting in the CT scanner. Positioning for the scan can be a timely procedure and requires lots of patience. During the scan the area of interest is moved slowly through the scanner on our air table. Once the scan is completed your horse will head back to the stable while their sedation wears off.

For more information, please contact our hospital reception team on 01428 727200

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Liphook Equine Hospital Laboratory Easter Bank Holiday Hours 2016

Lab Easter Bank Holiday Hours 2016


Our very own Tim Adams is heading off to Morocco at the end of this month to run the Marrakech marathon (

He will be running in aid of SPANA (Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad), which works to improve the welfare of working horses and donkeys in the world’s poorest countries in Africa and the Middle East.

We wish him the very best of luck and will keep you in touch with how he does!

Further details can be found at:



Do you have any members of the practice that would be interested in attending our Essentials of Equine Practice course?

This is a 3-day residential course held at Dunford House in Midhurst, and at the Liphook Equine Hospital. The course is aimed for recent graduates and more experienced colleagues wishing to refresh their knowledge of general equine practice. The course is also suitable for final year veterinary students. The course focuses exclusively on what you need to know in ambulatory equine practice and has a very practical emphasis.

There is a charge of £495 which includes 2 nights’ accommodation, food and entertainment for all 3 days.

For further information please click here.

If you would like to book a place (or places), please complete a booking form. For further information please email

LEH Equine Vet CPD Lecture Evening – Tuesday 12th January 2016

CPD 12th Jan 2016

Main Phone Line – Changes

In order to streamline the service we offer we are changing the way our main phone line is answered. When you dial 01428 723594 you will now be offered the following options:

Please dial:
1 for the road vet team
2 for the hospital and referrals
3 for accounts
4 for the lab

We are doing this to try to avoid people being passed around the practice or kept on hold so we hope that this change will mean that your calls are dealt with even sooner. Please feel free to give us your feedback when you have had a chance to see how it works.

The out of hours message on this number will be the same and the emergency direct line is still in operation 01428 727727.

The other direct numbers for departments are all valid and will take you straight to the team you wish to speak to:

Hospital: 01428 727200
Accounts: 01428 725309
Lab : 01428 729509jane phone