Equine Surgery

Our Services

The Equine Surgery Service at the Veterinary Medical Center at Ohio State offers state-of-the-art comprehensive diagnosis and care of all equids. The service is led by four American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine specialists in equine medicine and six ACVS surgeons in equine surgery. In addition to routinely scheduled patients, this service is responsible for care of patients presented for medical and surgical emergencies Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm.

Appointments & office hours

  • Office hours: Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 6:00 pm.
  • Patient visits by appointment. Emergencies scheduled as needed by owner or referring veterinarian.
  • For an appointment: (614)-292-6661, ext. 2
  • After-hour emergencies: (614) 292-6661

What to expect

The equine surgery service is staffed by board certified specialists, post-graduate veterinary residents, and senior veterinary students. The service is supported by certified animal health technicians specialty trained for equine internal medicine and surgery. The equine medicine and surgery services are closely aligned with the equine emergency and critical care service and supervise care of horses with medical disease in the intensive care unit.

During your horse's visit to OSU you will be greeted by a senior veterinary student and technician who will ensure that your horse is safely placed in a stall or examination room. The senior student will ask you a series of questions regarding your horse's illness, housing, vaccination, and deworming history.

Your horse's history is an important part of determining the cause of your animal's illness and will help us to make your horse comfortable should hospitalization be required. You may find that the senior clinician or resident asks similar questions. The horse will then be examined and a plan made for further investigation or treatment. This plan, and the associated costs, will be discussed with you at this time. We endeavor to provide same-day service whenever possible, and will attempt to schedule radiographs or other examinations to occur the day of your visit, however, some horses will require hospitalization for further diagnostic investigation and/or for treatment and monitoring. Outpatient visits may take most of the day, depending on the nature of your horse's problem and the need for further testing. Results of most examinations, including blood work and imaging, are available the same day.

Faculty Clinicians


Internal Medicine Specialists



  • Alvaro Bonilla, DVM
  • Alison Gardner, DVM
  • Nathalie Reisbig, DVM

Internal Medicine

  • Rachel Liepman, DVM
  • Laura Dunbar, DVM


Payment is expected at the time of your visit. Please read our payment policy for complete information.

Trainers and transport

We understand that many times your horse is brought in and picked up by a trainer or transport. Payment must be sent with the transport driver or the trainer, or you may call in advance to provide your credit card number. We must have a deposit before your horse will be admitted. We must have payment for half the outstanding balance before your horse will be released. The remaining balance can be paid over a 90 day period upon completion and approval of our credit application.