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The Peterson & Smith Internal Medicine Department offers 24-hour emergency and intensive care services.

Our facilities include a medicine barn with 11 stalls, 2 intensive care stalls with climate control, and one sling stall to support neurologic or recumbent horses. Our medicine annex barn has an additional 12 stalls with isolation facilities.


The Department is led by Carol Clark, DVM, DACVIM. Dennis Brooks, DVM, DACVO provides ophthalmology services with assistance from Dr. Clark & the residents & interns.  Our medicine services are augmented by state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment tools, including digital radiography, video endoscopy, ultrasound, and on-site laboratory and pharmacy.  Even further, our dedicated technicians and support staff allow us to provide optimal care to our most critically ill patients.


Services include:

Infectious disease diagnosis & treatment

High-risk pregnancy evaluation & subsequent delivery

Neonatal critical care

Adult critical care

Cardiac evaluations

Neurologic evaluations

Video endoscopy/gastroscopy

Ophthalmic diagnostics and medical management

Nutritional recommendations

Consultations for referring veterinarians

Other Services include:
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Internal Medicine Diagnostics and Treatment

Our diagnostics are assisted by a stationary digital machine capable of obtaining quality radiographs even of the cervical spine and thorax of adult horses. Video-endoscopy using 1 and 3 meter scopes provide high quality views of many internal parts including the stomach. Our ultrasound equipment is capable of examining tendons, lungs, abdominal organs, and hearts. The Doppler and ECG components allow for full echocardiographic evaluations.

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Video Endoscopy, Gastroscopy
Cardiac Evaluations

Cardiac evaluations using ultrasound, telemetry and stationary EKG.

Intensive Care For Foals and Adults

We are especially proud of our neonatal intensive care services. In addition to our normal staff, extra “foal sitters” are employed during the foaling season to provide more attention to our intensive care cases. We have specialized neonatal beds, climate controlled stalls, IV pumps, and of course, 24-hour veterinary care. We provide hospital care for approximately 150 sick neonates per year.

Ophthalmology Services

We provide intensive 24-hour medical therapy of immune mediated and infectious ocular diseases of the horse; medical therapy of several types of eye tumors of the horse; and prepurchase examinations related to the horse eye.

On-Site Laboratory

On-site laboratory with additional stall side lab capabilities.


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