Emergency Services Information
Address: 5851 E Deer Park Rd,
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: (573) 443-4414
After Hours/Emergency: (573) 449-2242
Mon-Fri | 8AM–5PM
Sat | 8AM–12PM


Pre-purchase Evaluation

The purchase of an equine athlete or companion usually involves significant financial and often emotional commitments. Pre-purchase examination provides a buyer with risk assessment information relative to the general health and athletic soundness of the horse, much in the way a home inspection helps with a real estate purchase. Equine Medical Services strives to provide a thorough overall view of a horse in its current state of health, fitness and soundness. At the completion of the examination, a formal, written evaluation is provided to assist in making an informed decision about the purchase of the horse.


Pre-purchase examinations may identify potential medical, soundness or conformational problems the horse may have. While pre-purchase examinations do not guarantee future health or soundness, it can provide the buyer with a broad view of the horse.

Pre-purchase exams include:

  • Lameness examination with flexions
  • Cardiopulmonary auscultation
  • Ophthalmic examination
  • Overall physical examination

Additional services

  • In-depth lameness examination involving diagnostic regional nerve or intra-articular anesthesia
  • Digital radiography
  • Upper airway endoscopy
  • Drug screening
  • Hematology (complete blood cell count, serum chemistry panel)