Large Animal & Piper Equine Hospitals Temporarily Closed

September 24, 2021

UPDATE: Both the Large Animal Hospital (LAH) and Piper Equine Hospital within the Leatherdale Equine Center will reopen Monday, October 11, 2021. None of the quarantined horses have had fevers nor shown clinical signs, and all tested samples have been negative for EHV. The facilities have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected and we are restocking with sterilized supplies.

The Large Animal Hospital (LAH) and Piper Equine Hospital are currently closed due to a positive case of EHV-1. The Board of Animal Health is not requiring this closure for the Piper Equine Hospital, but we are doing so out of an abundance of caution. We are working quickly to restore our facilities to safe, working order. Please check back periodically for our most recent updates and timeline. 

Proposed timeline for reopening

We will keep the LAH and Piper Equne Hospital closed for the next two weeks and we are disinfecting and will test to ensure the virus is eradicated. Our tentative plan is to reopen the week of October 11th.

What is EHV-1?

Equine herpesvirus 1 (EHV-1) is a contagious equine virus that can cause neurological disease, respiratory disease, newborn death and abortion. EHV-1 can be either neuropathic or non neuropathic. Despite the names, both forms can cause neurologic disease. EHV-1 doesn’t affect humans, dogs, cats, sheep, goats, cattle, pigs or birds. Learn more at: https://extension.umn.edu/horse-health/equine-herpesvirus-ehv-1-and-ehm

We strongly recommend you keep your horse updated on their vaccinations to help protect them from this, and other, transmissible diseases. 

Where are you sending patients in the meantime? Where should I bring my horse?

We will not be taking any calls or appointments, including emergencies, until we are fully reopened. Please seek alternative services close to your location.