Manual of Equine Field Surgery


  • David Wilson, DVM, MS, DACVS, Associate Professor, Equine Surgery, Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  • Keith Branson, DVM, MS, DACVA, Clinical Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology, Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  • Joanne Kramer, DVM, Diplomat ACVS, Associate Teaching Professor, Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA
  • Gheorghe Constantinescu, DVM, PhD, Drhc, Professor, Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

This practical manual provides thorough explanations and step-by-step guidance for 34 procedures that can be performed in less than an hour in a standing sedated patient without the use of special equipment. Three-dimensional, anatomical line drawings, high-quality photographs, and a companion DVD visually demonstrate key concepts and techniques.
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Book information

  • Published: May 2006
  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-1-4160-0270-3

Table of Contents

Field Anesthesia

Available protocols

Equipment needed/desired


Field Surgeries

Distal Limb

Head and Neck


Limited abdominal

Distal Limb Surgeries

Periosteal stripping

Distal limb perfusions

Tendon laceration repair

Palmar/plantar annular ligament resections

Lateral Digital Extensor tenotomy

Medial Patellar Desmotomy

Inferior & Superior check ligament desmotomy

Resect distal splint bones

Deep digital flexor tenotomy

Semitendinosus tenotomy for fibrotic myopathy

Palmar digital neurectomy

Cast Application

Head & Neck Surgeries

Trephine sinuses

Incisive bone fracture repair

Patent nasolacrimal duct


Tooth repulsion

Sternothyroideus tenectomy/sternohyoideus myectomy

Modified Forsell’s procedure for cribbing

Eye enucleation

Eyelid laceration repair

Urogenital Surgeries



Cryptorchid castration

Circumcision (Reefing) procedure

Amputation of penis




Caslicks procedure

Perineal body reconstruction


3o Rectovaginal tear repair

Rectovaginal fistula repair

Limited Abdominal

Inguinal herniorrhaphy

Umbilical herniorrhaphy