Illness-InjuryA commitment to diagnosis-based medicine and communicating the information we learn about our cases in a timely manner to horse owners is a hallmark of Werner Equine. We want to give you the knowledge you need to make informed decisions about medical care for your horse.

When a patient is ill, injured or performing poorly, Dr. Werner works through a careful diagnostic process that evaluates the horse’s condition before he recommends a treatment plan. This process is much like solving a difficult puzzle as there can be multiple causes and symptoms associated with such cases.

Here is how diagnosis-based care works at Werner Equine:

  1. Patient History
    Our first step is to get a history of the patient’s problem from the horse owner and any relevant caregivers. We ask questions such as: “When did the problem begin?” “Are other behavior/general health indicators (e.g. temperature, appetite, manure, etc.) normal?” “Have you treated the horse?” “Has your horse had this problem before?”  Depending on the nature of the problem, we may ask permission to obtain information from the horse’s rider, caretaker, trainer, farrier and/or primary care veterinarian.
  2. Physical evaluation of the patient’s condition
    A thorough physical examination is the most valuable service we provide for a patient. Depending on the presenting problem, the doctor’s examination may be brief and general or in-depth and comprehensive.
  3. Plan for Diagnosis/Treatment
    Patient history, general observations of the patient at the visit and physical examination findings typically enable Dr. Werner to recommend a plan for further diagnostics and indicated treatment.
  4. Ancillary diagnostic studies
    Dr. Werner may recommend that we perform supportive studies and/or ancillary tests to help reach an accurate diagnosis. These services can include diagnostic anesthesia (e.g. nerve blocks), laboratory testing and/or digital imaging such as radiography, ultrasonography, videoendoscopy, or thermography.
  5. Diagnosis and treatment
    The information we learn from steps 1-4, coupled with Dr. Werner’s expertise and many years of experience examining horses, can help him reach a diagnosis and recommend treatment for the patient.
  6. Patient Aftercare
    After he has diagnosed the patient’s condition and devised a treatment plan for your horse, Dr. Werner provides Aftercare Instructions to the patient’s caregiver.  .
  7. Updating Medical Records
    We document details of the patient visit, reports from other service providers (e.g. labs, insurance companies, farriers, veterinarians, etc.) and reports you make to us about your horse’s condition into the patient’s permanent medical record. This information is important if your horse has health problems in the future.
  8. Consultations with Professional Colleagues and Referrals to other clinics
    In some cases, consultation with colleagues can be valuable. Through our relationship with the American Association of Equine Practitioners, we can access a network of highly trained and qualified specialty veterinarians. Consulting with veterinary experts is commonplace for Werner Equine when we deal with complex conditions.

Some patients may require extended care and/or specialized diagnostics and treatment. We refer such cases to a specialty clinic for further care. Dr. Werner communicates regularly with the referral clinic to monitor the patient’s progress. He also communicates with the horse owner as needed to follow through on patient care after hospitalization.

Call us at 860.653.5088 if you have questions about Illness, Injury & Poor Performance care at Werner Equine.