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Pre-Purchase Exams






*If you are having a pre-purchase exam performed, please fill out the buyer and seller forms located in the "Client Forms" sections of our website!!*

    During a pre-purchase exam, our veterinary staff performs a thorough assessment to find potential lameness and medical problems that could limit the patient’s ability to meet the perspective buyer’s performance needs. The first portion of the pre-purchase exam consists of the clinical evaluation of the horse’s eyes, heart, lungs, gastrointestinal track, and overall physical health. Blood will be collected at this time for any lab tests the clients wish to perform. Common blood tests performed during a pre-purchase exam often include, but are not limited to Coggins and drug screens.

      The second phase of our pre-purchase exam is the movement and soundness evaluation. The patient is evaluated at a walk and trot, both on a straight flat surface and on a lunge line. Active flexion tests are performed to evaluate joint mobility and further potential lameness. Additionally, observation of movement under saddle at a walk, trot and canter can be performed. The information collected in all phases of the physical and lameness exam indicate weather there is an unsoundness that may cause a potential problem that needs to be evaluated further. Radiographs are routinely taken as part of the pre-purchase exam. A full set of radiographic images give valuable information that helps determine if the horse will be able to perform at the level on riding intended by the buyer. There are more diagnostic tests that can be performed during a pre-purchase exam including, but not limited to: gastric and respiratory scopes, nuclear scintigraphy, thermography, fluoroscopy, and ultrasound. To schedule a pre-purchase exam, or if you have any questions please feel free to contact our office Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5 pm.

A typical PPE includes (please call for a cost estimate):

  • Office call (typically, we only perform PPE in clinic)
  • Physical and moving examination
  • PPE radiograph package (front feet, fetlocks, and hocks)
  • Sedation

​Common add-ons to consider:

  • Lameness Locator
  • Additional radiographs (back, neck, stifles, etc)
  • CBC/Chemistry (blood work)
  • Drug screen
  • Coggins
  • Endoscopy
  • Video of Moving Exam (for future records or to send on to refering veterinarians)
  • Health Certificates
  • Insurance Exam
  • ​Thermography
  • Keuro (acoustic myography)

For appointments call 540-687-4663.

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Dr Allen and his associates are wonderful. I told my barrel horse for a second option with his navicular issues. To soon to see if it will work but the knowledge this man has. well worth the trip.

Leslie S.
The Plains, VA

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