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What to Expect at Your Appointment

The Colorado State Veterinary Teaching Hospital is dedicated to developing new generations of highly skilled equine veterinarians. Veterinary students frequently accompany Equine Field Service veterinarians on their calls. Our faculty veterinarians are not only skilled clinicians, but also dedicated teachers. This skill not only allows the Hospital and College to educate veterinary medicine students, but also enhance the knowledge, confidence and skill of our clients.

Our first priority is the proper care of your horse. The entire visit, diagnosis and treatment of your horse is under the direct supervision of our veterinarian. When safe opportunities arise for students to enhance their technical skills, the veterinary students perform basic procedures under our supervision and guidance.

Clients can expect the following at their appointment:

  • A veterinarian and an intern or resident veterinarian will arrive at your barn, often accompanied by students.

  • The veterinarians will greet you and begin learning your horse’s history and about your concerns for your horse.

  • We will examine your horse and will collaborate with you to decide the best diagnostics and treatments to perform for your horse.

  • Teaching discussions are interactive with the students and we love our clients to join in and ask questions, too!

  • In order to allow students an opportunity to practice their communication skills, we may ask your permission to follow up our discussion with a supervised discussion of their own.

  • We can provide some medications in the field. If we cannot provide the appropriate medication, we will help you get a prescription filled for that medication.

  • If blood work or laboratory testing is performed, we contact you with these results as soon as they are finalized. Many of our blood tests may be performed with same-day results.

  • You may receive hand written instructions at the time of the appointment, though you will also receive a paper or electronic copy of your discharge information via mail or email after your appointment.

  • We hope to know how your horse is doing following our appointments. You may receive a call from our team and you are always welcome to update us or contact us with any questions.

Contact Us:
Colorado State University
Veterinary Teaching Hospital
300 West Drake Road
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80523

(970) 297-5000

(970) 297-1205

24 hours a day, 7 days a week
(970) 297-5000
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
(970) 297-5000