Respiratory Evaluation

The Lung Function Laboratory is the center for respiratory evaluation at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine's Hospital for Large Animals. The laboratory is at the forefront of understanding, diagnosing and treating athletic horses with inflammatory airway disease.

Horses have an enormous respiratory reserve. Unless a horse is working at peak aerobic capacity, it is unlikely that he will ever even begin to tap his reserves. This helps to make the horse an intrinsically elite athlete, but it also means that he can harbor subclinical (silent) respiratory disease without anyone noticing—until it causes signs such as a disturbing cough and exercise intolerance.

The Cummings School's Lung Function Laboratory was the first center in the United States to develop routine lung function testing in clinical patients, and the center has since gone on to test hundreds of patients. The laboratory is open to horses and other species with respiratory problems—from backyard pets to elite race horses. A complete respiratory work-up is affordable and can be done in a single morning or afternoon.

As part of our respiratory package, your horse will have a comprehensive physical examination, a test of lung function, an examination of the type of cells that inhabit your horse's lower airways, and a detailed treatment plan.

Please contact the Hospital for Large Animals to make an appointment.

Hospital for Large Animals
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
53 Willard Street
North Grafton, MA 01536
Phone: (508) 839-7926
Fax: (508) 839-7931
Emergency Services: (508) 839-7926