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Patient Referrals

Routine Appointments

Referrals for regular appointments can be made by calling during regular business hours – Monday through Friday 7.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. and Saturday 7.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon. All doctors schedule their own appointments. If you are unsure of whom to ask for – a brief explanation of the case to our Front Desk staff will allow them to select the doctor whose specialty area is most appropriate.

Who can make referrals?

Referrals can be made by either the referring veterinarian OR the client directly. If the referral is made by the client – we would prefer to contact the regular veterinarian prior to the horse's visit for a more in-depth case history and results of diagnostic tests and/or lab work.

Emergency Referrals

There is always a doctor on call and your emergency call should be returned within 10 minutes. However, the emergency doctor is not always at the hospital or may be unavailable (if in emergency surgery). IT IS VERY IMPORTANT that the on-call-doctor is contacted BEFORE SHIPPING THE HORSE. This is for two reasons:

  1. An estimate of charges needs to be provided including the required deposit. Unprepared clients with uninformed expectations are often upset with their referring veterinarians as well as sometimes having made an unnecessary trip.
  2. Rarely, we cannot accept new cases immediately and it is best that the emergency be either stabilized further at the farm prior to shipping or shipped to another referral facility.