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​Artificial Insemination

We can perform mare cycle management including hormone therapy and artificial insemination using fresh, cooled, and frozen semen.

Coggins (EIA) Tests

Equine infectious anemia is caused by a retrovirus very similar to the human immunodeficiency virus. The Coggins test is used to diagnose this disease and is required for health certificates.

Euthanasia

It is sometimes necessary to consider your horse's health and quality of life when deciding whether or not to continue treatment. We can aid you in making these decisions and, should you decide euthanasia is the best decision for your horse, can perform the procedure at your own barn, a comfortable and familiar environment to your horse.
We also can offer you the assistance of counselors at our Argus Institute, who can guide you through all of the considerations of end-of-life decision making, grieving, and moving forward.

Health Certificates

In many travel situations your horse will need a health certificate. We can perform the proper examination and issue you a certificate of health. These certificates will require an up to date Coggin’s test, which can vary depending on purposes, but in general is required every 6-12 months for out-of state travel. We can help you determine if a new Coggin’s is necessary depending on a destination of interest.

Lameness Exams and Management

Identifying the source of a horse's discomfort is essential to maximize their athletic performance and comfort while riding. We possess the ability to utilize portable diagnostics in the field, which include digital radiography and ultrasound. As a part of the CSU team, we can provide appropriate referrals to our hospital lameness and surgical team for additional assessment and treatment. These includes CT, MRI and surgical procedures.

Treatments Available in the Field:
  • Joint injections with steroids, hyaluronic acid, IRAP, stem cells, PRP. Inserting medication into a horse's joint can help the joint heal, can protect the joint, can block pain, and/or can help us determine lameness.
  • Shock wave therapy.

Surgery in the Field

  • Castrations:
    Gelded (castrated) horses often are managed more easily alongside other horses, both male and female. Castration should be considered for male horses that are not intended for breeding. We perform all of our castrations with the horse under anesthesia and lying down for safety purposes.
  • Lump removal
    Horses can develop a variety of lumps or bumps, such as sarcoids, which we can diagnose and remove in many cases.
  • Wound management:
    In the field, we can perform surgical repair, bandaging, and application of casts to treat many wounds.

Newborn Foal Exams

Newborn foals should receive a complete physical examination within the first 24 hours of life to determine overall health, vigor, and attitude. This exam should also include a blood test to determine immune status to help reduce the risk of potentially life-threatening diseases during early development.

Pre-Purchase Examinations

As a potential buyer, you want to know that you are investing in a healthy horse. We can perform a complete examination to assess the health of the horse and discuss any issues that may compromise its ability to meet your expectations.

Preventative Health Care

  • Vaccinations:
    Regular vaccinations prevent disease from harmful viruses such as rabies and other harmful pathogens. This helps to keep your horse safe, as well as protecting other horses that might come in contact with your horse. The recommended minimum core vaccine program includes rabies, eastern and western equine encephalitis, West Nile virus, and tetanus. Other vaccines may be recommended based on your horse’s needs.
  • Deworming:
    We can work with you and your barn to develop de-worming programs tailored to each horse’s needs.
  • Diet consultation:
    Proper nutrition is a must for all horses and often requires special tailoring to each horse to maximize their health and prevent adverse effects due to certain pre-existing conditions. We are happy to discuss nutrition and develop a plan for your horse.
  • Dental Care:
    We recommend annual oral examinations and floats (filing down sharp points and maintaining an even surface to the teeth) to help us maximize your horses’ digestion and athletic performance, and help them maintain their body condition as they age. We also provide conservative treatments to prevent early loss of teeth as well as tooth extractions when necessary.

Radiography Examinations (X-ray)

Utilizing state-of-the-art digital radiograph equipment, we can perform radiographic evaluations of the skeletal system including the head, neck, and distal extremities for lameness, dental, and emergency visits.

Ultrasound Examinations

In addition to lameness and emergency evaluations, we use our ultrasound capabilities to help assess and monitor your mare throughout pregnancy. Dr. Ann Sellers also specializes in using ultrasound during colic examinations.

Upper Airway Endoscopy

Equine performance issues often can be attributed to upper airway disorders. Endoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic tool that uses a small fiber optic tube equipped with a small camera to directly visualize areas of interest such as the upper airway. This safe, non-surgical approach requires sedation.

Wellness Exams

For optimum health and wellness, your horse should have a veterinary examination at least annually. For many horses, more frequent visits may be appropriate. By evaluating factors such as age, breed, health and environment, we can discuss with you the recommended frequency of visits based on your horse's individual needs.

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

Phone:
(970) 297-5000

Fax:
(970) 297-1205

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