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Equine Services

Contact Information

Phone: 919.513.6630 or 919.513.6659 (Ophthalmology)

Equine Medicine
The equine medicine service receives elective cases routinely between 10AM -12PM weekdays and at other times by special arrangement. Please call between 8-5 weekdays for an estimate and appointment.

Equine Surgery
The equine orthopedic surgery service receives elective cases routinely from 9AM on Mondays and Wednesdays and other weekdays as required. The equine soft tissue surgery service receives elective cases from 9AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays and other weekdays as required. The surgery services perform elective surgeries on the days they are not receiving. Please call between 8-5 weekdays for an estimate and appointment.

Emergency Services
Equine services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for treatment of emergency problems. To refer a horse on an emergency basis, call 919.513.6630 during the day or 919.513.6500 after hours.

General Information

Equine and Farm Animal Veterinary Center

Equine Surgery

Equine Surgery

The equine surgery services at North Carolina State University specialize in diagnosis and treatment of horses with diseases that may require surgery as a major component of their management, including:

What is an equine surgeon?

All of the equine surgeons at NCSU are board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS). In order to become board-certified, a veterinarian must graduate from an accredited college of veterinary medicine, perform an internship (one year of general equine experience), and an approved residency (3 years of specific equine surgical training). Finally, board certification requires successfully passing an intensive 3-day written, practical, and oral examination. 

Why might I need an equine surgeon?

The only surgeries routinely performed in general equine practice are minor lacerations and castrations. This is because horses are relatively difficult to anesthetize, and have a greater incidence of postoperative complications than other species. Therefore, advanced surgical expertise (with the accompanying expertise of anesthesiologists) is needed for the problems previously listed. In addition, surgeons at the NC State Veterinary Hospital have access and expertise in a range of high tech diagnostics such as nuclear scintigraphy, ultrasonography, thermography, and arthroscopy (for lameness), laparoscopy (for workup of chronic colic) endoscopy (for throat problems), and computed tomography (for sinus problems).