Clinical Activities and Procedures

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The Livestock Medicine and Surgery Service offers a wide range of medical and surgical procedures for your animal. As part of one of the largest and most advanced veterinary hospitals in the world, rest assured that your animal will be cared for by the finest livestock veterinarians available.

Medical Services

Infectious diseases, metabolic disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, respiratory problems, urinary tract problems, trace mineral deficiencies, poisonings and disorders of many other systems are diagnosed and treated by the Livestock Medicine team. Advanced diagnostic procedures such as ultrasound, endoscopy, and radiography, enable us to accurately determine the cause of an animal’s problem, and because the animal is hospitalized, it can be intensively managed. For example, a valuable calf with diarrhea can be given intravenous fluid therapy and laboratory monitoring while under careful supervision by the 24-hour patient care staff. Changes can be monitored and immediate adjustments in therapy made for critical cases. In addition to individual animals, animals representing a herd problem can often yield valuable information when given a thorough diagnostic workup, leading to a solution for the herd. The Livestock Medicine team also performs routine procedures such as vaccinations and pregnancy examination.

Surgery Services

The Livestock Surgery team has expertise in routine surgical procedures such as correction of displaced abomasum, rumenotomy, and other abdominal surgeries, castration, dehorning, removal of tumors associated with cancer eye, Caesarean sections, and fracture repairs. For complex fractures, the expertise of VMTH board-certified orthopedic surgeons is utilized. When anesthetizing an animal is necessary, the VMTH has one of the largest teams of board-certified anesthesiologists and technicians of any veterinary hospital in the country.