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Cotts Equine lead the way with new Equine scanner technology in UK first


Hugely exciting times at Wales’ only Equine Hospital, as we proudly announce further investment to the Cowbridge Practice with a European first: installing the innovative Asto CT Equinar® Equine CT scanner to expand their imaging capabilities.

The Asto Equina® is at the forefront of Equine CT scan technology, allowing advanced 3-dimensional x-ray imaging on standing horses, yet allowing them to be in and out in minutes, with minimal stress or risk.

The scanner, which is one of the most innovative, advanced imaging devices currently available in equine veterinary medicine, facilitates the imaging of front or back limb pairs, or the head/neck of a horse under light standing sedation. This has traditionally been difficult to achieve, using adapted human CT machines and often necessitating general anaesthesia.

Already in extensive use across the world, the scanner has been met with global rave reviews. In Australia in an effort to cut racecourse mortality, no horse is permitted to take part in the Melbourne Cup without first being scanned by the Equina®. However, the scanner is not currently used anywhere else within Europe, and is without doubt, a game changer for the UK.

As our Surgeon, Richard Coomer, explains ‘This is a fantastic opportunity for Cotts. It raises the level of care again for our clients at an affordable cost and reassures them that their horse will be given the best possible diagnostic treatment available. The expansion of our Cowbridge facilities reflects our commitment to building our offering to all our clients old and new and we are excited to be at the forefront of this technology in the UK’.

‘The Asto Scanner will be an excellent addition to the facilities at Cowbridge and represents a huge part of our commitment towards creating a second hospital location within the practice and we are all hugely excited about this next phase of development.’


Building work is expected to start in the next couple of weeks. Watch this space for more updates!




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