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Pre-Purchase Exams

September 2013 by Dr Olivia James, MANZCVSc

Hindsight is a wonderful thing and buying horses is a risky business. While there is no such thing as a perfect horse, a pre-purchase exam (PPE) can answer many questions about the likely significance of an abnormality and likely long-term prognosis to protect you, the purchaser, from buying a problem that may be expensive, risky or even impossible to fix or treat. So, what does a PPE exam entail? Dr Olivia James from Brindabella Equine Mobile Veterinary Service explains.