A crane to lift horses upside down, a team of 10 doctors and other world-class facilities has made the operation theatre exclusively for horses at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University a favourite among stud farm owners from Punjab and other states. This OT, fitted with imported equipment, was upgraded three years ago and is the only such facility in North India. Horses worth more than ₹1 crore have also been treated here. Horses from the stud farm of former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal also come here regularly.
Serious problems such as colic, fractures, teeth and orthopaedic are operated upon here. The number of cases of colic, a problem in which the animal suffers severe abdominal pain, is increasing among horses. The vet varsity has been able to meet the worldwide success rate of the operation for colic which is 60%.
Professor and head of veterinary surgery and radiology Dr Jatinder Mahindru said many horses with varied surgical and medical conditions were referred to the university. “The varsity caters to equine owners from across northern India including Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh,” he said.
He added that the horses deputed with BSF, Indian Army, NCC and police, among others, were routinely treated here. “Equine colic is a major killer in horses and the owners incur financial losses in crores. The facilities at the department of veterinary surgery and radiology include sophisticated equipment for performing surgical procedures. The equine operation table and the anaesthesia machine with a ventilator have all been imported from USA,” said Dr Mahindru.
The OT is a fully padded room for anaesthesia and recovery so that the horses do not get injured during the procedures. The varsity also has an indoor post operative surgery centre where the horses are monitored for four to five days.
Dean, postgraduate studies, Dr Simrat Sagar Singh said orthopaedic and teeth surgeries were also common among horses. He added that even ordinary horses that were brought to the varsity for treatment cost around ₹1 lakh. “Imported horses used in races and cross breeding can cost more than ₹1 crore,” said Dr Singh.
Vice-chancellor Dr AS Nanda said the state-of-the-art infrastructure put GADVASU on the national map where animals not only from different parts of India but also from abroad were brought for treatment.