The Equine Surgery Service, within the Galbreath Equine Center at the Ohio State University, is led by five ACVS board-certifed surgeons. Each equine surgery faculty veterinarian sees all types of elective and emergency surgical conditions including orthopedic (wound, fractures, arthroscopy), gastrointestinal (colic), reproductive (ovariectomy,ceasarean section, male urogenital), minimally invasive (arthroscopy, laparoscopy), and airway surgery. Most diagnostic lameness evaluations are performed through the surgery service. The Equine Surgery Service is among few in the world able to treat any surgical needs in horses, donkeys, mules and zebras, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. While we work closely with your veterinarian, you do not need a referral for your animal to be seen.
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
Each patient is cared for by a surgery team: a board-certified veterinarian with many years of experience, registered veterinary technicians, a resident (a veterinarian who is training to become a specialist) and fourth-year veterinary students. For more serious or unusual cases, additional personnel such as anesthesiologists, internists, or radiologists are always available for consultation and patient care. Our team approach to patient care ensures that many experts and highly skilled technical staff are supporting your horse's care to restore health as quickly as possible.
During your animal's visit to the Galbreath Equine Center, 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.
- James Belknap, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVS, Professor
- Alicia Bertone, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR, Professor,Trueman Chair in Equine Medicine and Surgery
- Matthew Brokken, DVM, DACVS, Assistant Professor - Clinical
- Margaret Mudge, VMD, DACVS, DACVECC, Associate Professor- Clinical
- Sushmitha Durgam, BVSc, PhD, DACVS-LA, Assistant Professor
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.