DVM Services

Acupuncture

Equine Acupunture

Acupuncture is a branch of traditional Chinese Medicine used to treat the whole horse, by stimulating points along meridians or pathways of major peripheral nerves. The horse has 361 acupoints that can be stimulated to alter various biochemical and physiological parameters to achieve a desired effect. Dr. Ferguson is pleased to offer acupuncture in conjunction with Western veterinary medicine. He attended the respected Chi Institute, studying under the founder Dr. Xie (pronounced Shay); and as an extension of his studies, he toured China, guided by Dr. Xie. BACK TO TOP

Ambulatory

Equine Ambulatory ServicesFerguson & Associates has long relied on its ambulatory practice as the backbone of the practice. We provide a broad range of services where you need them most—whether that’s the backyard, the training center, the racetrack, or the sales grounds. We deliver unsurpassed care in diagnostic radiography, lameness, pre-purchase, reproduction, shock wave therapy, ultrasonography, wellness, and acupuncture.

Our ambulatory staff is backed up by an in-house laboratory, pharmacy, surgical department, scintigraphy facility, and office support. And each member of the team appreciates your trust and every chance to maintain it. BACK TO TOP

Diagnostic Radiography

Equine Diagnostic Radiography ServicesFerguson & Associates offers on-site, as well as in-hospital, radiographs, using digital technology. We can radiograph virtually any joint on location and view the image stall-side, before making a final diagnosis on a larger screen in our imagery department. Should you need a CD of the digital images for your records, an upcoming sale, or a prospective buyer, we can readily provide it, along with a written report.

Diagnostic Radiography is one of our specialties. You won’t find a better team of experts OR a lower price for digital X-rays.

In the future, look for web-based records, giving you immediate and ongoing access to X-rays, reports, patient history, and billing. BACK TO TOP

Lab Services

See our Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory page for a full range of lab services, including coggins, full chemistry panels, IgGs, CBC with fibrinogen, body/joint fluid analysis, microbiology, parasitology, as well as autoclaving and sendouts. BACK TO TOP

Lameness

Dr. Ferguson and his team are known for their unsurpassed expertise in lameness. It’s more than a science — it’s also an art. A lameness exam isolates pain or discomfort, with the goal of alleviating it and allowing the patient to resume normal activity.

Here are the steps generally followed, until a diagnosis can be made and treatment formulated:

  • History
  • Observation
  • Flexion tests
  • Hoof testing
  • Evaluation of digital pulses
  • Examination looking for heat and inflammation
  • Radiography
  • Ultrasonography

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Nuclear Scintigraphy

Equine Nuclear ScintigraphyWhen we are unable to isolate the source of a problem with radiographs or ultrasound, nuclear scintigraphy (more commonly known as bone scanning) can help. It allows us to see metabolic activity in soft tissue or bone, rather than anatomy. With an in-house scintigraphy facility, Ferguson & Associates can image the entire horse within a few hours, and then use other diagnostic tools to confirm issues identified by areas of increased metabolic activity.

Nuclear Scintigraphy isn’t always called for, but in cases of subtle lameness or poor performance, it can be a great detective. BACK TO TOP

Pre-purchase Examinations

Ferguson & Associates tailors the pre-purchase examination to your intentions for the horse, with the idea of minimizing your risk of costly surprises. We can ascertain the overall health and soundness of the horse, and advise you of any pre-existing problems, as well as potential problems for you to consider. The exam can range from a basic physical to extensive physical tests, lab work, radiography, endoscopy, ultrasonography, and more. BACK TO TOP

Race Tracks

Race Track Medical CareFerguson & Associates is pleased to extend their services to the racetracks. We deliver unsurpassed care in diagnostic radiography, lameness, pre-purchase, shock wave therapy, ultrasonography, wellness, and acupuncture. Our racetrack staff is backed up by an in-house laboratory, pharmacy, surgical department, scintigraphy facility, and office support. And each member of the team appreciates your trust and every chance to maintain it.

Evaluating and improving equine health to optimize performance is a favorite part of the work we love. We want you to win! BACK TO TOP

Reproduction

Equine Reproductive ServicesWith the goal of a robust foal, Ferguson & Associates helps ensure a healthy stallion, a healthy mare, ready conception, and ease of birth.

Our equine reproductive services include:

Breeding Soundness Exams
Artificial Insemination
New Foal Exams

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Thoroughbred Sales by Auction

Thoroughbred Sales by AuctionFerguson & Associates is pleased to serve your pre-purchase and post-purchase needs at sales throughout the country. Whether you want an endoscopic exam, a full digital survey of the horse for sale, a partial survey, somebody you trust to read the existing film, a pregnancy exam, or a complete physical exam, we can do that.

Dr Ferguson is licensed in Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Illinois, Georgia, and California … and he loves to fly his Baron. BACK TO TOP

Shock Wave Therapy

Ferguson & Associates offers shock wave therapy as a means of speeding up recovery to minimize down time. It acts to increase circulation, as well as stimulate bone cells and neurotransmitters.

Applications include:

  • Bucked shins
  • Suspensory ligament injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Bone lesions
  • Navicular Disease

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Surgical Procedures

Equine Surgery SuiteFerguson & Associates has practiced surgery since 1987 and continues to expand on the range of surgeries offered. With two board-certified surgeons, Dr. Ferguson’s 30 years of experience, trusted staff, and state-of-art equipment, we provide the level of expertise and experience you’ve come to expect from us. And in keeping with our philosophy of transparency, we can provide you with an all-inclusive price for the surgical procedure you need. BACK TO TOP

Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Surgery

Laparoscopic surgery, also called minimally invasive surgery (MIS), bandaid surgery, or keyhole surgery, is a modern surgical technique in which operations are performed far from their location through small incisions (usually 0.5–1.5 cm) elsewhere in the body.

There are a number of advantages to the patient with laparoscopic surgery versus the more common, open procedure. Pain and hemorrhaging are reduced due to smaller incisions and recovery times are shorter. The key element in laparoscopic surgery is the use of a laparoscope, a long fiber optic cable system which allows viewing of the affected area by snaking the cable from a more distant, but more easily accessible location.
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Ultrasonography

Ferguson & Associates uses ultrasound equipment in the field, as well as in the hospital. Ultrasonography allows us to view and evaluate soft tissue in order to diagnose pregnancy, disease, injury, and abnormality. It also allows us to monitor pregnancy and improvement.

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