Herd Health and Maintenance

The food and fiber animal hospital provides routine and specialty care for beef cattle, goats, sheep, alpacas, llamas and pigs. The full-service hospital offers 24 hour emergency and critical care services as well as around-the-clock care for hospitalized patients. Board certified clinicians, residents, technicians and senior veterinary students work together to provide the best quality of care available to our patients and clients.

The full-service hospital is equipped for routine diagnostic procedures and therapeutic treatment of food and fiber animals. The college maintains a variety of stalls and state-of-the –art facilities suitable for beef and dairy cattle, small ruminants, camelids, and swine including an obstetrical suite, hydraulic tilt chute and hydraulic foot trimming table.

A full-service surgical suite is utilized for surgical cases with the support of a board-certified anesthesiologist for continuous monitoring during surgery and throughout the recovery period.

Our Services

Veterinary specialty services including radiology, dermatology ophthalmology, clinical pathology, microbiology, neurology and pathology are also available. 

Similar to the imaging services available for small animal patients, digital radiology, ultrasonography, thermography, computed tomography (CAT scans), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and nuclear medicine scans are provided for our large animal patients by the Radiology Service.

Radiation therapy for large animal cancer patients is also provided by radiation therapists from this section and is one of the few places in the USA where this can be performed.

What We Do

  • Diagnosis and care of animals with symptoms/diseases such as fever, weight loss, mastitis, anemia, respiratory disease, gastrointestinal disease, infectious diseases, neurologic disease, urinary disease, nutritional disease, metabolic disease and infertility
  • Neonatal intensive care, including assisted nutrition and assisted respiratory ventilation
  • Lameness and hoof care with tilt tables
  • Herd monitoring and surveillance for infectious diseases
  • Preventive health care including vaccinations, parasite control, castration, spay and dehorning
  • Orthopedic management including casting, splinting and surgical fracture management
  • Surgical biopsy, soft tissue surgery and wound management
  • Diagnosis and management of tumors in farm animals
  • Care of down cows using floating tanks, lifts and sand stalls
  • Diagnosis and care for calves with diarrhea and/or pneumonia
  • In-house or on-farm herd health consultations, genetic counseling, nutritional consultations, disease outbreak investigation or on farm emergencies

Our Team

Dwight Wolfe
Thomas Passler,
Misty A. Edmondson,
Manuel Chamorro
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