TOBA: Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association
Owner Education

Tests and Examinations

Listed below are some common tests and examinations you may find on your veterinary bill and their approximate cost. The costs are estimates and actual costs will vary greatly from track to track.

Complete Blood Count (CBC)
A blood test used to diagnose a variety of illnesses.

Diagnostic Ultrasound Examination
An ultrasound machine is used to check tendons and other soft tissues of the body.

Endoscopic Examination
An endoscope is used to check the larynx and pharynx for signs of Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage. It also is used to examine a horse's stomach for ulcers.

Tracheal Wash
Commonly referred to as swabbing, it is used to check for respiratory infection.

Depending on the veterinarian, x-rays are charged by the joint or per "view."

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