dr_unruh_surgeryColorado Equine Veterinary Services is equipped to perform various types of surgeries. These surgeries can be performed at the clinic or through a  field service call. CEVS surgeries include:

  • Equine Castration
  • Cryptorchid
  • Hernia Repair
  • Wound and Laceration Repair
  • Urethral Extensions

Equine Castration

General Considerations for Castration

  • Indications
    • decreases sexual behavior
    • decreases aggression tendencies
    • limits stallion reproductive pool
    • removal of testicular tumors
    • removal of damaged testicular tissue
    • castration in combination with hernia repair
  • When to perform the castration
    • when it is suited to your establishment
    • often 1-2yrs of age but occasionally as early as 6 months.
    • when the sexual behavior requires additional management and/or becomes aggressive
    • when the desired physical male characteristics are achieved
    • when the future breeding potential of the horse is determined
  • Prior to castration have your veterinarian
    • ensure both testicles are descended
    • check for presence of a hernia
  • Ensure that your horse is up to date on tetanus vaccination in preparation for this minor surgical procedure.
  • Castration procedure can be completed in lateral recumbency or standing position.
  • Cryptorchids (testicle retained in the abdomen) are usually castrated under general anesthesia using laparoscopic, abdominal or a flank incision approach.