Horse owners will find the top equine medicine specialists and most extensive surgical capabilities available for their animals at the Morrie Waud Large Animal Hospital. We offer primary, referral, and consultative services and provide routine, emergency, and intensive care 24/7—although referrals are not required.
Our team of caring faculty, residents and nursing staff will evaluate each horse’s, pony’s, donkey’s or mule’s unique situation and discuss treatment options with you before putting a plan into action. If surgery is required, our facilities and around-the-clock nursing staff provide compassionate, expert care for your horse.
Orthopedic Surgical Services
Our highly experienced board-certified surgeons commonly treat traumatic and developmental injuries that affect the musculoskeletal system.
All of our patients undergoing anesthesia are also under the direct care of a board-certified veterinary anesthesiologist. In addition, we have the ability to perform some orthopedic procedures under standing sedation.
- Arthroscopy(minimally invasive procedure that allows the veterinary surgeons to see inside the joint and address the problem)
- Developmental diseasessuch as osteochondrosis dessicans (OCD)
- Fracture repair(plating and stabilizing)
- Joint fusion
- Joint infection
- Angular limb deformities
- Tendon/ligament disease
- Wounds and lacerations
Standing needle arthroscopy
Soft Tissue Equine Surgery
The Morrie Waud Large Animal Hospital’s board-certified surgeons are internationally recognized for the ability to treat a variety of large animals, from newborns to large breed horses. Whether your animal requires routine equine surgery or a more specialized procedure such as laparoscopy or laser surgery, our equine veterinarians are equipped with the expertise and technology needed to ensure the best possible outcome.
All of our patients undergoing anesthesia are also under the direct care of a board-certified veterinary anesthesiologist.
- Routine and cryptorchid castrations
- Treatment of traumatic wounds
- Difficult births/Caesarean section deliveries
- Minimally invasive abdominal surgery
- Upper airway disease
- Sinus disease
- Dental disease
- Reproductive surgeries
- Urinary tract diseases
- Equine tumors
What to Expect
We understand that the prospect of surgery can be a scary thing, so our compassionate team of horse veterinarians and staff will guide you through every step, starting with a full pre-surgical workup of your animal. This may be very limited or very extensive depending on what has been previously performed. Following this assessment, we will review the procedure and any associated risks with you in detail. At this point, you will also receive a cost estimate, and 50 percent of the lower part of the estimate should be left as a down payment.
- The day before surgery:Your animal will be admitted and stay overnight in preparation for the procedure.
- The day of surgery:Your animal will again stay overnight, this time for post-surgical observation.
- The day after surgery:If there are no complications, you should be able to pick up your animal at this point.
- Every day:While your animal is staying with us, you can expect to hear from us at least once per day with updates.
We understand that paying for your animal’s medical needs can be stressful. Your animal deserves the best care, and we have various payment options so your focus can be on getting your animal healthy.
Entrance and Parking for Trailers
After you arrive, please contact one of our staff if they are not immediately present to greet you, so that we may unload your animal from your trailer.
If it is helpful for you to leave your trailer here while your animal is an inpatient, you may use our dedicated parking stalls. Learn more about this option from our staff.
Have a horse, pony, donkey or mule that may need surgery?
Let’s review your animal’s needs and talk about how our team of equine surgeons and staff can help them be as healthy as possible.
SCHEDULE A LARGE ANIMAL APPOINTMENT:
Regular clinic hours are Monday through Friday, and our scheduling staff will assist you in finding an appointment with the right veterinary specialist based on your animal's needs at a time that works for you. Our emergency services for all species are also available 24/7 if your animal has a serious problem that requires immediate medical attention.