Piper Equine Hospital

Due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, the Piper Equine Hospital continues to have some operational changes that may affect your visit.  If you have questions about our covid-19 preparedness plan, please ask a hospital representative. 

We continue to be open 24/7 for emergency medical care. Clients seeking emergency care should call ahead (612) 625-6700.

  • Please be aware that in order to mitigate the exposure of clients and staff to coronavirus, the VMC has implemented the following measures:
  • Please let us know if you or anyone in the pet's household is displaying symptoms of COVID-19 such as, fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
  • On arrival you will be given instructions to call our front desk prior to entering the hospital. A team member will be in contact with you by phone to ask you questions related to your pet's visit, at which time a member of the care team will come to transport your animal into the hospital. For your protection we will be wearing facemasks for this interaction and ask that you do the same. In order for us to comply with our University approved operational plan: in most situations, you will not be permitted to enter the hospital.
  • Unfortunately, we will not be able to allow visitation to hospitalized patients during their stay except in the case of end of life situations (on a case by case basis with clinician approval).

Protecting the health of our clients and employees is critical to our being able to provide care to our patients who need it most. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this situation.

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Providing the region's most comprehensive, cutting-edge, and compassionate care for your horse. 

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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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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.

Specialty Consultants

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. 


1801 West Dudley Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota 55113

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Telephone number: 612-625-6700

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