Equine Sports Medicine Clinic

In Equine Sports Medicine we combine the Principles of Veterinary Medicine with the well established Principles of Equine Biomechanics, Physical Therapy & Injury Rehabilitation.


By combining the medical examination, diagnostic & treatment procedures, knowledge of equine biomechanics & the techniques & modalities used in physical therapy, we take a global approach to the condition & management of our patients.

Dr Deetman is a Sport Horse Medicine Vet with special interests as a Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner. We take a global approach to the condition of the horse because Sport Horse Medicine is not just about treating equine injuries.


By profiling the animal with physical exams, diagnostic imaging, laboratory, husbandry, training & performance information, we can assist the horse owner & trainer, to constantly monitor their horses condition & performance.

In the event of an injury, Veterinary treatments combined with Physical Therapy Services & Treatment Modalities provide immediate treatment to performance or injury issues, allowing the animal to remain in work or competition if possible. If time out of work is required, immediate commencement of rehabilitation techniques can minimise loss of function, fitness and muscle tone. Horses under confinement can still participate in rehabilitation exercises.

Rehabilitation Programs are designed to increase the rate of healing and reducing the time off work due to injury. Rapid return to normal function is the goal for every injured horse.

Our Goals:
  • To diagnose & treat injury or issues affecting performance
  • Design appropriate Rehabilitation Programs
  • Maintain Peak Performance
Acute Injury

In the initial presentation we want to diagnose the source of injury or poor performance. Early diagnosis allows rapid interception with treatment to control pain, inflammation, reduce swelling & effusion depending on the area affected.

Proliferative Phase



The Proliferative Phase is where we want to enhance tissue healing at a time when the tissues are rapidly changing.  It is important to implement the appropriate techniques and modalities according to the type of injury initially diagnosed.

Remodeling Phase

In this phase we concentrate on building up the strength & endurance of the tissues and the whole animal to cope with the specific demands of the sport or exercise intended.

Prevention of re-injury is the ultimate goal - individually designed programs and modalities may be ongoing.

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