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Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Bovine Reproductive Ultrasound Training Feb 2018

Vetequip Ltd

in conjunction 


Abbeyville Veterinary Hospital

Invite Veterinary surgeons to a
Practical Bovine Ultrasonography Workshop
Wednesday 7th February 2018
Abbeyville Veterinary Hospital is a long established multi-vet mixed veterinary practice situated in Cork City. Most of the work is in the area of dairy and companion animal practice but suckler beef herds and equine work also make up a proportion of the business. Over the years Abbeyville has steadily built up  fertility work to a significant level and clients demand exacting standards but appreciate the service and advice.. Ultrasonography is at the heart of this fertility work and  is performed throughout the year. Many of the farmer clients set up fertility appointments at the start of the season and tailored packages are customised to their individual needs. Fertility and Ultrasonography, which is all performed on an appointment basis during regular working hours, has provided a new and valuable income stream to the Practice.

The Tutor
Fergus Smith MVB Cert DHH qualified from UCD in 1992. He has over 20 years experience in Large Animal practice. He has attended several ultrasonography courses delivered by international experts and has used the skills learnt at these workshops to help increase the level and quality of fertility work offered to the bovine clients of the Practice. He has run courses for farmer clients to demonstrate the benefits of veterinary involvement,including ultrasonography, in fertility improvement of their herds.

The course
This is a one day course aimed at vets new to the area of bovine ultrasonography and to vets who wish to refresh and improve their current ultrasonography skills. The course will consist of a morning of lectures followed by lunch and an afternoon of Practical demonstration on a host farm. Course participants will learn by scanning animals themselves with support and demonstration from the tutor and from Vetequip personnel. The course will be delivered at Abbeyville’s new purpose built veterinary hospital and the host farm is a modern, large progressive dairy farm with good facilities and quiet animals.
Course content  
  • Principles of Ultrasonography
  • Practical aspects on farm
  • Review of the Bovine Reproductive Cycle
  • Ovaries – Normal structures, pathology, appearance at different stages of the cycle
  • Uterus – Normal appearance at different stages of the cycle, pathology
  • Pregnancy – Stage of gestation, Normal embryo/foetal development, Pathology
  • Medication used in fertility – Synchronisation Programmes, Treatment of pathological presentations
  • How to develop and market a fertility service for your clients
Course Timetable
09:00 - 10:45 - Lecture x 2

10:45- 11:00 - Coffee break

11:00 - 12:45 Lecture x 2

12:45 - 14:00 - Lunch and Transfer to Host Farm

14:00 - 17:00 – Wetlab which will involve participants performing scanning procedure themselves

Very practical Course and covered all I hoped it would.
Very good presentation.

9.5 CVE points have been allocated for this event
Course Fee 295 euro

Places are strictly limited and booking is essential.
Reserve your place now by contacting 

Peter Ryan 053 9100655
                                         00 353 539100655 from N.I or U.K

Monday, 20 November 2017

Veterinary Equipment Repair


It is truly satisfying when your piece of high end technology works like a dream and has woven itself into the very fabric of your practise.Nothing is as good as the crisp imaging,the accurate diagnostics ,the reassuring regular beep from  anaesthetic monitoring and your confidence in the sterility of instruments.
                                                  The welfare of patients is topmost on your list of priorities.You will advise your clients regarding vaccinations,worming,nutrition,and ensuring optimised conditions for animals in your care.You would object if an animal was continually kept in dirty,cold conditions with no regular  human observation or intervention.
                                                  Similarily machines will resent being placed outside their recommended temperature or humidity range and dust or hair will not enhance the machines working environment.
                                                   Knowing that your equipment requires constant room temperature and will react poorly to high humidity may mean a rethink when installing an x ray digitiser in the kennel area or beside the autoclave.Animal hair will always be attracted to machine vents and restricted airflow can result in overheating components.Moisture and electronics are not good partners and corroded or rusting connections will definitely cause significant problems.Power outtages are inconvenient ,but power surges are a significant threat to your computerised equipment.
                                                   Equipment will often have consumables which need to be regularily changed and preventative maintenance should be regarded in the same way as vaccinations(necessary and costly if ignored).
In medical hospitals there are teams of instrument technicians constantly monitoring the valuable equipment and doing the basic housekeeping such as changing filters,cleaning probes and sensors etc.Hospitals will always have service contracts with supply companies and this ensures that companies have adequate back up available if there is an equipment failure.
Vets are a little more exposed if something goes wrong particularily if the equipment has been bought abroad or has no local support.
The machine may have been less expensive to purchase abroad but shipping it overseas for repair,paying for travel insurance and then being at the mercy of the supplier is not a very comfortable position particularily when your clients have no alternative but to approach your opposition for service while you are frantically awaiting the return of equipment.
Our policy in Vetequip ensures that we can  supply service,support and repair facilities for all our customers for all of our products.Our engineers get product training from suppliers and continually update their skills through inhouse and 3rd party training.
Peter Ryan manages our service hub and once a call is logged on his system he will pursue a resolution with focused determination.He will schedule a service call to your practise at a time and date which minimises your equipment downtime.
We have recently launched a veterinary equipment rental scheme and this has proved immensely popular as it provides a unique and extremely welcome service for the veterinary profession.
Please contact Peter @053 9100655 (e-mail )to book a service/ arrange a repair or rent a replacement machine.
We repair:
X ray Equipment
Ultrasound Scanners
Dental Equipment
Surgery Lights 
Bull Ejaculators
Blood Analysers

We are accredited to the EPA and the Practise accreditation scheme.
Contact us today for a free quotation

Monday, 16 October 2017

Veterinary Anaesthetic Monitors

Monitoring vital signs during surgery is never high on the list of priorities until problems occur.Then, the reason for surgery loses precedence until the emergency issue is resolved.Of course it would be really beneficial if advance notice was available for any impending unforeseen circumstances and unfortunately the most commonly used apnoea alert is virtually useless as it only alerts when trouble has already arrived.
It is very reassuring when you know that ECG,NIBP,Heart rate,SpO2 and respiration are continually monitored during procedures and you can concentrate fully on the job at hand.The compact 7 and compact 9 units can be upgraded for EtCO2 and IBP and all units are supplied complete with a rechargeable battery and thermal printer.

Ref Code Description Price
115700S Compact 5.1755  7 ins screen ECG,Heart Rate NIBP.SpO2,Respiration
115900S Compact 7. €2195  Above +10.4 ins screen  plus optional EtCO2 and IBP
116000S Compact 9. €2599  Above +12.1 ins touchscreen plus optional EtCO2 and IBP

Options +Replacement parts
105913 ETCO2 for Compact 71755
105918 ETCO2 for Compact 91755
115035 3 Lead Patient extension cable110
115036 Compact 5 ECG  Lead 3 cable85
115041 Compact 5 ECG Cable 5 lead135
105917 Compact 7&9 ECG 5 lead185
205264 Universal SPo2 Sensor110
107038 NIBP Cuff35
507606 Temp Probe€ 110
105041 Mobile cart390
103020 5 Roll printer paper@4 euro per roll
All units have colour screens,rechargeable battery and printer as standard.

To order yours today
Pat Kavanagh @087 2503629
John Sweeney @087 2670137
Ed Flaherty     @ 0879470463

Monday, 23 January 2017

 Biochemistry Analysis with the Abaxis  Veterinary Analyser

The Vetscan VS2 is an innovative,state of the art chemistry,electrolyte,immunoassay,and blood gas analyser that delivers uncompromising accuracy from just three drops of blood..The Vetscan is amazingly simple and intuitive .It features an advanced user interface and using whole blood,serum or plasma will produce a  precise reference laboratory quality result in just 12 minutes.The Vetscan VS2 requires minimal counter space is maintenance free and  completely portable.It can store 5000 patient records and will detect sample haemolysis,lipemia and icterus.It connects to popular practise management software and contributes immensely to practise efficiency 
Accurate and reliable results should be complimented by accurate interpretation,and I hope the following guidelines will be of assistance.

General Health(Comprehensive) Profiles



ALB :Albumin metabolism is controlled by the liver,Albumin is a low molecular weight protein which is responsible for the maintenance of plasma osmotic levels.

Elevated Levels Indicate  

Low Levels Indicate
*Renal Disease
*Severe Liver disease e.g.Cirrhosis,Hepatitis,Tumours
*Diabetes Mellitus
*Digestive disorders

Is found in both liver and bone.
Cats have less ALP than dogs and the kidneys rapidly excrete slight excesses.
Increased ALP in cats is significant and suggests Cholestasis.
Normal values in puppies and kittens are higher than in adults because of active bone growth.
Diseases causing bone remodelling in adults cause slight elevations of less than two times normal.

Is present in large quantities in the cytoplasm of canine and feline hepatocytes.
The enzyme enters the blood when liver cells are damaged or destroyed and circulates for a few days.
ALT is a sensitive indicator of active liver damage but does not indicate the cause or reversability of the damage.
Increased serum ALT activity indicates recent or ongoing liver cell damage
An increase of at least 3X normal indicates significant liver damage within the previous 3-5 days.

Pancreatic inflammation,Necrosis or Pancreatic duct occlusion releases Amylase into the blood and peritoneal cavity.
This elevates Serum Amylase levels to 2 or 3 times normal
Increases absorption from upper intestinal inflammation and decreased renal excretion mildly elevate Serum Amylase activity.
Amylase is an indicator of acute pancreatitis..

Increased BUN levels can have prerenal,renal or post renal causes.
Heart disease,Hypoadrenocorticism,Dehydration and shock are common postrenal causes
BUN levels decrease with starvation or chronic liver disease.

Calcium is an essential element which is involved in many body systems.
These include the skeleton,enzyme activation,muscle metabolism,blood coagulation and osmoregulation.

Elevated Levels Indicate              
*Renal Failure
*Hypervitaminosis D
*Addisons disease

Low Levels indicate 
*Acute Pancreatitis


Classification                                    Cause
Prerenal                                      *Dehydration
                                                   *Cardiovascular Disease
                                                   *Shock(septic or traumatic)
                                                   *High protein Diet
                                                     (ureanitrogen increase only)
                                                   *Haemorrhage into gastrointestina
                                                       (urea-nitrogen increase only) 

Renal                                          *Renal diseases causing 2/3-3/4 nephrons to be

Postrenal                                    *Obstruction of urinary tract
                                                  *Rupture of urinary tract
Creatinine is formed during ske;letal muscle metabolism with urea nitrogen,the serum creatinine is a crude index of glomerular filtration.


Globulin suggests chronic inflammation or gammopathy.Serum Globulin levels are usually estimated from the total serum protein and albumin levels.If Globulin levels are increased serum protein electrophoresis can determine if the increase is due to inflammation or neoplasia.Inflammation and certain diseases(Feline infectious peritonitis in cats,ehrlichosis in dogs) cause polyclonal gammopathies.


High levels are seen in stress and diabetes mellitus
Low glucose is usually a laboratory error
In dogs persistent marked  hyperglycemia is usually caused by diabetes mellitus.Endogenous epinephrine release and sample collection after a recent meal cause transient hyperglycemia.

Elevated Levels Indicate
*Diabetes Mellitus
*Pituitary Tumours
*Acute Pancreatic,Liver or Kidney disease

Low Levels Indicate
*Liver Disease


Low K is caused by translocationin alkalosis and by excessive loss
High K has many causes e.g.adrenal failure,dehydration and acidosis
Potassium is found primarily in the intracellular fluid and is excreted by the kidneys under the influence of aldosterone.
Renal failure,urethral obstruction,dehydration and hypoadrenocorticism can cause hyperkalemia severe enough to result in cardiac arrest.Serum Potassium levels can be high and intracellular levels low in acidosis because of translocation.


Low NA with no apparent loss may indicate aldosterone deficiency
High NA usually indicates dehydration

Sodium levels are high in extracellular fluid and bone.
Serum Sodium levels are controlled by aldosterone,which promotes sodium retention by the kidneys.
Diarrhoea,vomiting,renal disease,diabetes mellitus,hypoadrenocorticism and uroabdomen can cause low serum Sodium levels(hyponatremia).
Water loss from the respiratory,urinary or intestinal tract occasionally results in dehydration severe enough to increase serum sodium levels(hypernatremia)


High Phos is common in hemolysis,renal disease,hypoparathyroidism,and growing animals.
Low Phos is common in early hyperparathyroidism,alkolosis and neoplasia.

Serum Phosphorous levels are elevated with renal failure,hypoparathyroidism,nutritional secondary hypoparathyroidism,hypervitaminosis D and hyperthyroidism in cats.
Uremia is the most common cause of hyperphosphatemia.


TBIL is the breakdown product of Haem.The major sites of Bilirubin formation are the spleen and the liver.

Elevated levels indicate
*Haemolytic Disease
*Liver infection
*Chronic Hepatitis
*Internal Blood loss


TP is a rough screen for dehydration.
Glomerular disease,Liver disease,Starvation,and Malabsorption can decrease total protein levels.
Severe dehydration,lymphosarcoma,myeloma and infection increase the total plasma protein level.

Elevated Levels Indicate
*Rheumatoid arthritishttps

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Bovine Reproductive Ultrasound Scanning Workshop January 2017

Vetequip Ltd in conjunction with Fergus Smith MVB Cert DHH will provide a Bovine reproductive Ultrasonography Workshop on 26th January 2017
                         Venue: Barrowvale Veterinary Hospital
                         Address:Fenagh Road
                         Address: Co Carlow

The Tutor

Fergus Smith MVB Cert DHH qualified from UCD in 1992.He has over 20 years experience in large animal practise.He has attended many ultrasonography courses delivered by international experts and has used the skills learned at these workshops to help increase the level and quality of fertility work offered to the bovine clients of his practise(Abbeyville Veterinary Hospital Cork).Fergus has run courses for farmer clients to demonstrate the benefits of veterinary involvment ,including ultrasonography in fertility improvement of their herds.
Most of his work is in the area of dairy, but suckler beef herds and equine work also make up a proportion of the business.
Over the years Abbeyville has steadily built up fertility work to a significant level and clients now demand exacting standards but very much appreciate the professional service and advice.Scanning is at the heart of this fertility work and is performed throughout the year.
Many of the farmer clients set up fertility appointments at the start of the season and tailored packages are customised to their individual needs.Fertility and Ultrasonagraphy are performed on an appointment basis during regular working hours and this has provided a new and valuable income stream to the practise.

The Course

This is a one day course designed for Vets new to the area of ultrasonography or vets who wish to improve or refresh their ultrasound skills.The course comprises a morning of lectures followed by lunch and an afternoon of practical work on a nearby host farm.
Course participants will learn by scanning animals themselves under the guidance and support of the tutor.The course will be delivered in Barrowvale Veterinary Hospital Bagenalstown Co Carlow and the host farm is a nearby modern large progressive dairy farm with good facilities and quiet animals.

Course Content

  • Principles of Ultrasonography
  • Practical aspects on farm
  • Review of the bovine reproductive cycle
  • Ovaries-Normal structures,pathology,appearance at different stages of the cycle.
  • Uterus-Normal appearance at different stages of the cycle,pathology.
  • Pregnancy-Stage of gestation,normal embryo,foetal developmentpathology
  • Medication used in fertility-Synchronisation programs,treatment of pathological presentations.
  • How to develop and market a fertility service for your clients.
Course Timetable

09.00-10.45- Lecture x 2
10.45-11.00 Coffee Break
11.00-12.45 Lecture x 2
12.45-14.00 Lunch and transfer to host farm.
14.00-17.00 Wetlab which will involve participants performing scanning procedures themselves.

9.5 CVE points have been allocated for this event.
Course fee is 295 euro
Places are strictly limited and booking is essential.
A selection of Ibex ultrasound machines will be available for participants on the day

Reserve your place now by contacting
Peter Ryan 053 9100655

View our equipment website

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Equine Ultrasound Training

Abdominal,Thoracic&Soft Tissue Ultrasound For Equine Practitioners                

One Day Practical Course in Fethard Equine Hospital, Co Tipperary.

Date 28th January 2017

Language English

Course Tutors

Andy Durham BSc,Cert EP,DEIM,Dipl ECEIM MRCVS Prof. of Equine Internal Medicine ,Liphook Equine Hospital ,Hampshire,England

Gunther Van Loon DVM,PhD,Dipl.ECEIM,Ass.member ECVDIProf of Equine Internal Medicine,Ghent University Belgium

Edd Knowles MA ,Vet MB,MvetMed,DipECEIM MRCVSAssociate Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic England 

This 1 day practical course is suitable for veterinarians from mixed and equine practise who are keen to update and develop their knowledge&especially their practical skills on ultrasound of the following regions:
Abdomen-GI and non GI organs (percutaneously and transrectally.
Thorax,Eye,Jugular vein etc
The use of ultrasound for pleural drainage,collecting biopsy samples and when working up foals will be discussed 
The panel of internationally renowned speakers/instructors have a wealth of ultrasound scanning experience. Common diagnostic pitfalls,erroneous image interpretations,practical tips and pearls of wisdom will be openly shared with the attendees.

The 3.5 hours of practical sessions will give attendees plenty of opportunity to put theory into practise on live horses and equine specimens.Small groups(2-4 people) at each station under the supervision of specialists will ensure each person gets the maximum benefit form each workshop.
Topics covered will include the following:

  • Fast localised abdominal ultrasound in horses with colic 
  • Biopsy techniques
  • Complete abdominal Ultrasound exam
  • Thoracic and Ocular Ultrasound
Early booking discount is available up to Monday 19th December 2016

Further details :

To Register:

Monday, 21 November 2016

Veterinary Endoscopy

 Providing a Veterinary Endoscopy service for your clients  has proven itself to be an incredibly useful technology in every practise.

Equine and small animal vets use endoscopic examinations as a routine diagnostic tool.
If the horse does not scope clean then it is unlikely to compete.If a foreign body is lodged in the oesophagus of a small animal then endoscopy with the help of a retrieval forceps is generally a wise option.Biopsy forceps can also be used within an endoscope and laser surgery together with laryngeal washing are common procedures in horses.
Scopes have evolved from fibreoptic to digital video and this means that significantly better quality images are achieved together with the ability to share,store and review examinations has meant that uncertainty is a word less frequently used
Vetequip Ltd have been involved in the veterinary endoscope business since 1990 and have now partnered with Optomed (France) to provide the cutting edge technology that professionals demand.Medical facilities have been very happy to use large stacking video endoscope systems comprising :

  1. Light source
  2. Water and air pump
  3. Video processor
  4. Video monitor

Veterinary surgeons are reluctant to use these systems because of :
  • Vulnerability to damage
  • Bulky size

  • Difficult to transport
  • Difficult to use and maintain.

Optomed Ltd have developed a superb endoscope range which is
A.Designed specifically for Vets

B.Compact and robust


D.Unsurpassed in image quality

E.Simple to use

Equine practitioners are impressed with the dynamic scope which monitors progress of the horse as it exercises and can detect when stress interferes with performance.
Routine equine scoping can become a very simple and informative process when using  the Optomed ruggedised tablet system.
Small animal surgeons now have access to a very flexible and invaluable piece of equipment which will have no difficulty in recouping your initial financial outlay.

Video footage of our Daily scope in action is available .Please click the following link:

Dynamic respiratory scope video please click the following:

Please contact the following if you would like to see a demonstration of any product on your own premises.

Pat Kavanagh Ph :087 2503629
John Sweeney Ph:087 2670137