Clinical Activities and Procedures

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Medical Emergency

The VMTH offers the highest level of emergency and critical care available. We have a full range of experienced, board-certified veterinarians, supported by skilled nurses and veterinary students and a fully equipped, technologically-advanced facility. Some of the life-threatening conditions managed by our dedicated team of emergency clinicians and nurses include:

  • Colic
  • Lacerations
  • Fractures
  • Respiratory difficulty
  • Colitis (diarrhea)
  • Dystocia (foaling difficulty)
  • High-risk pregnancy
  • Foal diseases
  • Neurological conditions

The Equine Emergency team rapidly evaluates critically-ill horses to determine the severity of the problem and provide stabilization, treatment and diagnostic testing.

Decisions regarding treatment are always made with the goal of optimizing patient outcome while respecting the resources and expectations of the client.

Our emergency faculty and resident veterinarians carefully evaluate patients to reach an accurate diagnosis and determine the best approach to treating the problem. If surgery is judged to be the best treatment option for the patient, our board-certified surgeons provide the most advanced surgical techniques available.

Critical Care

Board-certified faculty and resident veterinarians work with a team of certified veterinary technicians on the equine ICU patient care team to provide constant supervision and critical care monitoring for hospitalized horses.

Monitoring and diagnostic technologies are available at all times and include routine blood and body fluid analysis (including blood gas and electrolyte measurements), ultrasonography, electrocardiogram monitoring, blood pressure monitoring, colloid oncotic pressure and osmolality measurements, central venous pressure monitoring, pulse oximetry, and cross-matching for blood transfusions.

These capabilities supplement the in-depth clinicopathological assessment and diagnostic testing services available through the Clinical Pathology Laboratory of the VMTH.

Neonatology (Foal Medicine)

Some of the most critically-ill patients treated at the VMTH’s Large Animal Clinic are the neonatal foals. Care of these patients is provided by our team of dedicated and highly-trained faculty and resident veterinarians, and patient care specialists. The intensive management and supportive care of these foals is provided in a specialized intensive care unit, the Lucy Whittier Neonatal ICU. Customized stalls are used to pad and support sick foals, allowing around-the-clock care under the watchful eye of the mare in an adjoining stall.