Equine Emergency and Critical Care

animal types


Open 24/7

If your horse is experiencing a life-threatening illness or injury, seek immediate veterinary care.

Call ahead at (970) 297-5000 to help us prepare for your arrival. We’re open for emergencies and critical care 24/7, year round including holidays.

We offer 24-hour-a-day, year-round directed and continuous care for critically ill or injured, emergency, and urgent care (same-day appointment) equine patients. The service is overseen by specialists with board certification in equine surgery, equine emergency/critical care, and equine internal medicine. Your animal will be treated and intensively monitored 24 hours a day during their entire stay with our service.

Conditions we treat

  • Acute respiratory conditions
  • Colic (abdominal pain indicated by pawing, rolling, or overall indications of pain)
  • Choking
  • Colitis
  • Dystocia (abnormal or difficult birthing)
  • Epistaxis (bleeding from the nose)
  • Exertional rhabdomyolysis (“tying up”)
  • Eye or head trauma
  • Fracture
  • Neonatal emergencies
  • Serious laceration of the limb or body
  • Snake bite
  • Trauma

Specialized technology

  • 24/7 surgical facility with attending anesthesia specialists
  • Advanced monitoring equipment:
    • Remote Piavet vitals monitoring system
    • Adult intensive care stalls with remote video monitoring
    • Mare-foal stalls
    • Foal pens
    • Neonatal exam foal bed
  • Computed tomography (CT) scanner
  • Dedicated intensive care aisle for colic patients
  • Endoscopy
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner
  • Neurology stall with video monitoring and overhead hoist for management of the down, post-surgical, or ataxic horse
  • Overhead sling capabilities
  • Stall-side neonatal intensive care unit
  • Ultrasound and radiology

We partner with the hospital’s diagnostic imaging service to provide advanced imaging technologies and services to our clients.

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