Endoscopy is mostly used for examining the airways and stomach, although it also can also be used to examine the oesophagus and bladder. Our fibre optic endoscope allows us to examine the whole respiratory system. We are able to diagnose conditions of the larynx, examine the guttural pouches as well as access and sample the lower airways.
The endoscope is passed via a nostril and enables visual assessment of the nasal cavities. In each side of a horse’s nose there are 3 separate channels or ‘meati’. Within these there are complex folded bony structures called nasal conchae and ethmoids. These can be examined with the endoscope for a variety of abnormalities such as infection, cancerous growths or foreign bodies.