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Comprehensive Care + 24 Hour Emergency

Cornell Ruffian Emergency and Critical Care

Equine emergency specialists with an anesthetized horse in the operating room.

All Ruffian Services

Equine oral trauma next to IV fluid bags and blood transfusion bags.Our Emergency and Critical Care service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. At our state-of-the-art hospital, we are equipped to handle urgent and critical cases.

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by a doctor or licensed veterinary technician who will quickly assess the patients' vital signs and triage the case. We understand these are often stressful times for an owner and horse and commit to providing fast, accurate and decisive action to give you the most information in an expedient manner.

Our Emergency and Critical Care service has a dedicated ICU facility and can handle a variety of emergency problems, including those related to:

  • Colic - medical and surgical
  • Wounds and lacerations
  • Orthopedic emergencies such as fractures, cellulitis, tying up and septic joints
  • Respiratory emergencies such as pneumonia or airway obstruction
  • Ophthalmic emergencies such as ulcers and globe trauma
  • Cardiac emergencies such as dysrhythmia or congestive heart failure
  • Traumatic injuries such as head and neck trauma
  • Bleeding disorders such as guttural pouch mycosis
  • Transfusion therapy - we have an on-site blood donor
  • Shock and endotoxemia
  • Pain and pain management

‚ÄčOur patients are hospitalized in a well-equipped intensive care unit, and their care is optimized by our access to a variety of clinicians representing nearly all veterinary specialties. With several on-site, point-of-care lab services, we can obtain lab work quickly to best direct patient treatment. This combination of excellent facilities, service-specific expertise, and access to leading minds in all specialties allows us to provide a level of critical care necessary for animals in crisis. 

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