Piper Equine Hospital
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Providing the region's most comprehensive, cutting-edge, and compassionate care for your horse.
The Piper Equine Hospital is home to state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and specialists surgery, orthopedics, internal medicine and reproduction. You can be assured that, regardless of the reason for your visit, your horse will receive the best possible care.
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Specialties and services
Specialties and services
Anesthesiology and pain management
Equine sports medicine
Emergency and critical care
Laboratory and clinical pathology
Lameness and orthopedics
Pathology- Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Social Work Services
West Metro primary care/ambulatory services
About your medical team
About your medical team
Your Senior Clinician
Your senior clinician is the specialist veterinarian who is overseeing your animal’s care while your animal is a patient at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center (VMC). It is the senior clinician’s responsibility to ensure that your animal receives coordinated compassionate care by all the doctors, technicians, and students who are taking care of your animal during its stay. Your senior clinician or a representative will also contact your referring veterinarian and keep him or her informed of your animal’s progress. All of the senior clinicians are board certified in their area of expertise.
The VMC medical care team
The following are medical professionals who are caring for your animal during its stay at the Veterinary Medical Center. The Veterinary Medical Center is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Residents are licensed D.V.M.s who are in a two- to three-year specialty training program following veterinary medical school. Some may have been in a private practice or had advanced training prior to their residency at the VMC. The resident on your medical care team works with the senior clinician, intern, technicians, and veterinary medical students to supervise and manage your animal’s care.
Interns are licensed D.V.M.s who are in a one-year advanced training program following veterinary medical school. Some interns have been in private practice prior to their internship at the VMC. An intern works with the senior clinician, resident, technicians, and veterinary medical students to manage your animal’s care.
Veterinary technicians, certified through the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, are involved in all aspects of your animal’s care, from assisting in complex medical, surgical, and diagnostic procedures to providing routine treatments and daily patient monitoring.
Veterinary Medical Students
Students are in their final year of veterinary medical school and work under the close supervision of the senior clinician and resident. Students have been assigned to assist in providing care and monitoring the condition of your animal. For this reason, students will be consulting with you and asking lots of questions. Your cooperation will help these students become excellent veterinarians.
During your animal’s stay at the Veterinary Medical Center, your clinician may consult with other medical, surgical, or diagnostic specialists in areas such as ophthalmology, anesthesiology, and dentistry to ensure the best possible care for your animal.
If you or a designated representative would like to contact one of the doctors tending to your horse or meet with other VMC staff, contact the Large Animal Hospital’s front office at 612-625- 6700 Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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Information for Prospective House Officers
The Piper Equine Hospital and Large Animal Hospital offers an exciting learning environment and facility for veterinarians interested in pursuing a career in large animal medicine. Our board certified internists are experienced in wide ranging areas and we are well-supported by ancillary services. Veterinary residents and interns enrolled in our specialty training programs will experience the challenges and rewards of practicing large animal internal medicine in a practical setting with full support of an experienced faculty and technical staff. Our program follows the guidelines of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
“My experience at the University of Minnesota, as a large animal intern, was one of the best times in my life. It was a great atmosphere to learn, be trained by some of the best experts in the veterinary field, and make lifelong friendships. I would recommend this internship to anyone looking to enhance their skills and knowledge in large animal medicine.”
- Katheryn Johnson DVM
If you are interested in learning more about our program please contact firstname.lastname@example.org