Large Animal Hospital

Due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, the Large Animal 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 comprehensive and specialized care to farm animals, and occasionally zoo animals

Two fluffy cows in a fieldLarge Animal Hospital provides specialized services to bovine, camelid, pet pigs, sheep and goats, and occasional zoo animals. Our facilities have dedicated animal specific wards with stocks for examinations, a floatation tank, slings for recumbent animals, standing and recumbent surgical suites, a neonatal intensive care unit and ward for camelids, and specialized examination and reproductive rooms. 

Our services are delivered by a team consisting of a board-certified specialist, a resident, an intern, a veterinary technician, and students. Our team has access to specialized equipment including digital radiography, CT scanner, scintigraphy, videoendoscopy, ultrasonography, CO2 laser, Yag laser for camelids, and advanced dental equipment.

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Specialties and services

Specialties and services

Click here for specific specialities and services available to our large animal clients

includes internal medicine and critical care, evaluation of colic, endoscopy, cardiology, opthamology, neurology, dentistry, dermatology, and nutritional consultations.

includes soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, lameness evaluations, laparoscopic, reproductive and laser surgery.

includes ultrasonography, breeding soundness evaluations, breeding management, management of infertility, hormone analysis, pregnancy diagnosis, and treatment for dystocia.

Medical Imaging
includes radiology, ultrasound, CT and MRI

Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
includes bacteriology, clinical chemistry, cytology, endocrinology, hematology, molecular diagnostics, necropsy and general exam of tissues, parasitology, pathology (surgical), serology, toxicology and virology.

Additional Services
anesthesia, pharmacy, client support services and complementary therapies including acupuncture and rehabilitation.


Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.


1365 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

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Telephone number: 612-625-6700


Client resources

Click the button below to find helpful resources for our large animal owners as well as tips and general information for all of our VMC clients. 

Client resources