Vet Equipment, Pin Firing Equipment; Arnold & Sons; 1930-1960; WY.0000.1172


Vet Equipment, Pin Firing Equipment

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This is an unidentified veterinary equipment kit from the Lower Mataura Valley Vet Club.

Justin our local vet, informed us that his is a machine for pin firing horses legs that have ligament injuries.
Pin firing ( thermocautery) is the treatment of an injury to a horse's leg, by burning, freezing, or dousing it with acid or caustic chemicals. This is supposed to induce a counter-irritation and speed and/or improve healing. This treatment is used more often on racehorses than on other performance horses. It is sometimes used in the treatment of bucked shins or splint, curb, or chronic bowed tendons. They thought that it would "toughen" the leg of the horse. This treatment is prevalent in equine veterinary books published in the early 20th century; however many present-day veterinarians and horse owners consider it a cruel form of treatment.

In the late 1940s, Bill Pierson Snr provided veterinary services for the Lower Mataura Valley. Based at Gore, Bill’s service area extended all the way to Oamaru, which meant he was often away when needed. Lower Mataura locals knew they needed better services, and so in 1951 they formed a Vet Club. Membership fees allowed for the salary of one vet, and a clinic. Over the years, the Club employed world class vets, including Brian Mason. By 2001, the Edendale Vet Club, and its satellite centre at Kennington, employed 11 vets and a staff of 30. In 2002, the Club was sold into private ownership. At this time, they had 500 members and 2000 clients. The Club continues to operate under private ownership, located on Sweeney Road in Edendale – the street having been named after the first vet the Club employed, Edward (Ted) Sweeney.


Arnold & Sons

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Europe, United Kingdom, England, London

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organic, processed material, vegetal, wood
inorganic, processed material, metal, stainless steel
inorganic, processed material, metal, iron
inorganic, processed material, synthetic, plastic

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Makers plaque inside case: 'ARNOLD & SONS
Handwritten in black pen inside lid of case: 'USE ETHER'


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Health and Medicine

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