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Scenic Rim Veterinary Service is a team of highly motivated and professional staff.  Our veterinarians are experienced equine practitioners who strive to provide a level of service that is without equal in the region.  We pride ourselves on being friendly and approachable, which is why we have grown from a single vet practice (as David Ahern Vet & Assoc) to one of the largest equine services in the state during the last 8 years, with up to eight vets during our stud season periods.  We provide services to some of Queensland's best horse breeding and training establishments

We have recently relocated to a new purpose built equine surgery and repro center situated on 100 acres.  This beautiful facility has allowed us to broaden the range of surgical services and advanced medical procedures that can be done in Beaudesert at a level previously not possible.
We provide a full ambulatory service for both routine and emergency work.  Our stud medicine and reproduction service has been renowned for its value and quality.  For clients with horses in work we offer access to excellent diagnostic aids for lameness and respiratory evaluation and a full range of laboratory services.

The artificial reproduction wing includes a dedicated semen collection area with breeding phantom, agistment facilities for artificial insemination mares and a rapidly expanding equine embryo transfer and freezing (vitrification) service.

Case Study - Fractured Lateral Splint


As well as clinic forms and general information about our veterinary service, this site has a variety of interesting cases that we have seen.  We encourage you to take a look in the case study link.

This horse had received a puncture wound to the lateral splint bone (running along the outside of the off fore cannon).  Initially there was minor swelling and lameness.  The horse did not respond as the owners had hoped, and after a period of a couple of weeks this digital radiograph was taken.

It clearly shows where the trauma has fractured the bone.  These fragments of bone in the lower limbs of horses often form "sequestra" (dead or necrotic bone that the body treats as foreign, and attempts to expel like a splinter).  The sequestrum in this case was also infected, due to the open nature of the wound.  This wound cannot heal in the presence of the necrotic bone.

The lower portion of this bone is not necessary for athletic performance, and remains unstable if left in situ, so the lower portion and the sequestrum was removed by Dr David Ahern.  Note the radiographic appearance of surgical staples and the post operative bandage.  The fact that this horse was fairly light (~300 kg) and the splint involved was lateral (the outside splint carries less force than the inside) meant that, in this patient, no screw was needed to stabilise the top remnant of bone.

This horse recovered uneventfully and has not had any lameness related problems.

Remember, if you are looking for a vet that is easy to talk to, well equipped and provides a reliable service, then give us a call.