UQ vets save tiny pony

Veterinarians at the University of Queensland Equine Hospital have saved the life of a tiny pony that weighed in at a mere 10 kilograms.

Miniature horse Philomena arrived at the hospital when she was only four days old, with sepsis and acute renal failure.

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Equine Internal Medicine specialist Dr Joan Norton said Philomena had made a full recovery, thanks to early recognition of the problem and round-the-clock treatment in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

“Philomena was so tiny when she was brought in that we had to borrow a scale from the cat ward to weigh her,” Dr Norton said.

​“Unfortunately foals are susceptible to sepsis—a bacterial disease in the blood stream—as they don’t have a mature immune system when they’re born.

“Signs that your foal could be suffering from this condition include not nursing as well as they normally would and a lack of energy.

“We are very pleased that Philomena has made a full recovery and she is back with her owners running around the paddock.”

University of Queensland Equine Hospital

The University of Queensland’s Equine Hospital at the Gatton campus is a world-class veterinary hospital designed and built specifically for horses. The clinical staff of the hospital includes veterinary specialists in equine medicine, surgery and reproduction. Facilities include orthopaedic, soft tissue and standing surgery theatres; advanced diagnostic equipment (digital radiography, computed tomography (CT), nuclear scintigraphy, echocardiography), high-speed treadmill, intensive care unit (including dedicated foal ICU) and dedicated isolation unit.

UQ Veterinary School’s Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) program

Program title: Bachelor of Veterinary Science
Location: Gatton, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Program duration: 5 years

Application deadline: UQ Veterinary School has a general application deadline of November 30; however, it is strongly recommended that students apply a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.


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