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Type of publication: Journal Article
Type of document: Full Paper

Year: 2008

Authors: Simhofer, H; Schramel, JP

Title: Development of a novel equine full mouth speculum for dental examination and treatment.

Source: Wien Tierarztl Monatsschr (95), 1-2 3-7.

Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Schramel Johannes
Simhofer Hubert

Vetmed Research Units
University Equine Clinic, Clinical Unit of Equine Internal Medicine
University Equine Clinic, Clinical Unit of Equine Surgery

The aim of this study was to design and manufacture a full mouth speculum that would fit the majority of breeds and can be employed safely for most dental treatments. Commercially available models of full mouth sepcula were analysed. Finally, a prototype based on a single screw opening mechanism was built and tested under clinical conditions. In a second step the device was evaluated under hospital and field conditions in 169 horses by 6 experienced veterinarians not employed at the reporting clinic. 5 judges evaluated the speculum based on a standardised questionnaire. A sixth judge submitted his experiences in a summarized fashion. All testing veterinarians evaluated the speculum as being safe and reliable and well tolerated by horses.

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