The orthopedic service schedules appointments on Mondays and Wednesdays and performs surgeries on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Your scheduled visit to the Orthopedic Service at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals begins when you pull up to the circular driveway in front of the equine hospital. Please park your vehicle, come into the reception area, and check in at the front desk. After a small amount of paperwork, a veterinary student will help you unload and walk your horse to its assigned stall.
We offer free long-term parking where overnight parking for trucks and trailers if needed.
Once your horse is situated in a stall, a senior veterinary student will ask about your horses past medical, surgical, travel and vaccination history and perform a basic physical examination. Then, the surgery resident and faculty member will join the student to conduct a full orthopedic examination. Students observe and participate in this examination, which is invaluable to their education and development. We appreciate your patience and understanding in allowing these future veterinarians to interact with you and your horse.
After the physical examination, our veterinarians will discuss their findings and treatment options, including cost. Together, you will develop plan for further diagnosis and treatment of your horse.
When the diagnostic tests are completed, you will meet with the veterinarian and the student working with your horse to discuss their findings and therapeutic recommendations.
Horses that require a surgical procedure are typically admitted, and their surgery will occur the following day. Horses that do not require surgery will be discharged with a plan for rehabilitation and pain control, if necessary. You and your regular veterinarian will receive a copy of discharge instructions, which outlines our findings and recommendations. We will strive to make sure that we have answered any and all questions that you may have prior to your departure.