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Equine Emergency & Critical Care

Our state-of-art facility and professional faculty and staff allow us to examine, diagnose, and treat a wide array of equine diseases.

Referrals are not necessary for us to evaluate your horse. We serve as a referral center for veterinarians in Colorado and the surrounding states for complex medical, surgical, and lameness problems in horses.

Emergency Services

We are available 24/7 for your horse's emergency and urgent health care needs. We specialize in the treatment of colic (medical or surgical), lacerations, and joint infections.

Call 970-297-5000 to help us prepare for your arrival.


 How to Take Your Horse's Vital Signs


Our Equine Emergency and Critical Care service offers 24-hour a day, year-round directed and continuous care for critically ill or injured, emergency, and urgent care (same-day, no appointment) equine patients, with a special emphasis on the colic patient.

​The service is overseen by specialists with board certification in equine surgery, equine emergency/critical care, equine internal medicine, and large animal internal medicine. Your animal will be treated and intensively monitored 24-hours a day during their entire stay with our service.
Our Facilities Include:
  • State-of-the-art surgical facility with specialized equipment including laparoscopy equipment
  • Dedicated intensive care aisle for colic patients
  • 24-hours a day, seven days a week fully staffed emergency service and critical care
  • Advanced monitoring equipment including adult intensive care stalls, mare-foal stalls, foal pens, and a neonatal foal table
  • Interior breezeway for unloading and examination
  • Video monitoring of colic aisle and isolation stalls
  • Neurology stall with hoist for the management of the down, surgery, or atoxic horse
  • Sling capabilities
  • Stall-side neonatal intensive care unit with ventilator capabilities
  • We are an ACVECC approved training facility for equine critical care
Since critical and emergency cases can be so unpredictable, we work collaboratively with board-certified specialists in theriogenology (reproduction), Anesthesiology and Pain Management and Radiology, along with a fully staffed surgical team for emergency surgery. We also have patient support with access to 24-hour Clinical Pathology Laboratory for blood and fluid analysis.

What Might Be an Emergency Situation?

The following are common medical conditions that need to be seen immediately:
  • Colic (abdominal pain indicated by pawing, rolling, or overall indications of painfulness)
  • Serious laceration of the limb or body
  • Epistaxis (bleeding from the nose)
  • Choking
  • Fracture
  • Trauma
  • Eye or head trauma
  • Snake bite
  • Dystocia (abnormal or difficult birthing)
  • "Tying up" (muscle cramping)
Some emergent issues will be seen by our Equine Internal Medicine specialists, including: difficulty breathing, fever, diarrhea, and neurological disease.
If you need on-location services, our Equine Field Service can assist you. If you need scheduled out-patient care or access to specialty services (cardiology, dermatology, ophthalmology, etc.), please contact our Internal Medicine Service.
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Contact Us:
Colorado State University
Veterinary Teaching Hospital
300 West Drake Road
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80523

(970) 297-5000

(970) 297-1205

Equine Emergencies:
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
(970) 297-5000
Equine Internal Medicine Appointments
Scheduled Outpatient Appointments:
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
(970) 297-4472
Surgery & Lameness Appointments
Scheduled Surgical & Lameness Outpatients:
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
(970) 297-4472