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The ideal use for fetotomy in the mare should only require one or two cuts, such as to remove a head or single limb in order to deliver a fetus. If a whole body fetotomy is required, the mare's reproductive tract may become damaged during the procedure, resulting in a decrease in future fertility. The mare's reproductive tract mucosa may become irritated, edematous, and/or ulcerated from repetitive movements and continuous exposure to the fetotomy instruments and veterinarian's arm. This chapter discusses fetotomy instruments which includes fetotome, fetotome wire threader, curved wire introducer, wire handles, embryotomy knife and krey hook. It also discusses step by step procedure for performing dissection of the fetus inside the mare's reproductive tract using fetotomy instruments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEquine Reproductive Procedures
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781118904398
ISBN (Print)9780470960394
StatePublished - Aug 25 2014


  • Fetotomy instruments
  • Mare's reproductive tract


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