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General Livestock Care

Vaccination:
Common vaccines we provide include: Bangs disease (or brucellosis) and respiratory, reproductive, and clostridial vaccinations

Castration:
Castration of livestock is a commonly performed husbandry procedure. We provide this service for animals of any age. There are a variety of methods available and we tailor the analgesia as appropriate to meet your needs and concerns.

Dehorning:
Dehorning is performed to protect other herd members as well as livestock handlers. Dehorning also may be necessary if horns become broken or have the potential to cause injury or infection to the animal itself. We have a variety of methods available to dehorn animals and use a variety of analgesia techniques to meet your needs and concerns for your animals.

Male Breeding Soundness Examination:
We provide evaluation of intact male animals prior to breeding to assess reproductive health and potential performance, as well as to test for diseases such as trichomoniasis, penile warts, and brucellosis.

Female Breeding Soundness Examination:
Our female breeding soundness exams include reproductive tract evaluation, pregnancy detection, and assessing reproductive problems. We can consult with a theriogenologist as needed and perform manual, ultrasound, and endoscopic examinations.

Pulmonary Arterial Pressure Testing (PAP, High Mountain Disease):
Heart stress and failure can occur among livestock being raised at high elevations (especially above 5,000 feet, as occurs in the Rocky Mountain region). We can perform PAP tests which measure the blood pressure as the blood leaves the heart to see if your livestock are at risk.

Foot Trimmings & Lameness Evaluations:
We have a tilting chute which permits cattle up to approximately 2,500 pounds to be safely restrained for foot trimmings, lameness examinations, and radiographs.

Health & Travel Certificates:
When travelling with your livestock interstate or internationally, to shows, sales, or permanent or temporary relocation you may be required to get a certificate of veterinary inspection, to prove that your animal is free of communicable and infectious diseases.  We can perform the necessary testing as required by the state or show.

Livestock Emergency/Urgent Care

All emergency cases will be diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible, usually by our board-certified internists, surgeons, and emergency and critical care specialists assisting our interns and veterinary students.

We are fully equipped to handle a variety of patient needs, including fluid therapy, oxygen supplementation, intensive multiparameter monitoring,  surgery (e.g. abdominal, gastrointestinal, cesarean sections), fracture repairs, and diagnostic imaging.

Our emergency services are available 24/7/365. To help us prepare, you can call ahead at (970) 297-5000 to let us know you are arriving with an emergency case.

Livestock Surgery

Our specialists can perform surgery and consultations on all types of livestock conditions. Some common surgeries we perform on livestock include:

  • Ovariectomy/ovariohysterectomy
  • Head and neck surgery
  • Abdominal surgery, including hernia repairs
  • Ophthalmologic surgery
  • Gastrointestinal surgery, such as left and right displaced abomasum correction and foreign body removal
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Reproductive system surgeries including cesarean surgeries ​•Laparoscopic surgery
  • Thoracic surgery​
  • Wound care and reconstruction
  • Upper airway surgery
  • Other specialized surgery

Livestock Internal Medicine

Our internal medicine team helps animals with advanced or complicated medical issues, such as:

  • Respiratory conditions and disease
  • Gastrointestinal disease
  • Neoplasia
  • Reproductive tract conditions
  • Abdominal conditions
  • Urinary obstructions
  • Abdominal conditions
  • Neurological conditions
  • Septicemia, including neonatal

When necessary, we collaborate with other areas of our hospital to provide insight into examination, diagnostics, and therapeutic modalities for these types of issues.

Specialty Consultations

We consult with specialists in Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Oncology, Diagnostic Imaging (radiology, ultrasound, MRI, CT, scintigraphy, endoscopy), and small and large animal surgery to provide the best care possible for your livestock.  Our veterinary board-certified specialists in these fields have world-class expertise in these types of issues.

For more information about these types of consultations, contact us at (970) 297-5000.

Scheduled Field Service

We can provide routine general care services at your location on an elective, scheduled basis. Currently, we only can assure doing scheduled field service visits.

In some cases, we can accommodate emergency field visits if staff is available. If we cannot help you at that time, we always will try to identify a private veterinarian who may be nearby.

During these scheduled field service visits we can perform many of our in-house services, including:

  • Physical examination
  • Breeding soundness examination
  • Blood collection and testing
  • Pulmonary arterial pressure testing (PAP, High Mountain Disease)
  • Vaccination
  • Wound care
  • Castration
  • Pregnancy diagnosis
  • Dehorning Health certificates
 

 Even Cam Needs Veterinary Care!

 
Cam the Ram

​General health check-ups keep Cam in tip-top shape for stock shows and other public appearances. Learn More About Cam's Check-Ups...

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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:
(970) 297-4472