N.C. State's College of Veterinary Medicine to Expand Equine Services

North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine has announced plans to expand its satellite equine center in Southern Pines, N.C. The college has enhanced the tertiary medical services offered to referring veterinarians for their equine patients.

"Southern Pines is an excellent location for us to expand," says Warwick A. Arden, BVSc, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. "The Mid-Atlantic region is home to a thriving sport horse industry as well as a training location for performance horses from all along the Eastern Seaboard. The existing facility here in Southern Pines allows us the room to grow. Thanks to the 83 acres we have here, we can expand our medical services, research, and teaching capabilities to better meet the needs of the equine community, both in North Carolina and across the nation."

Formerly known as the "Veterinary Equine Research Center" (VERC), the Southern Pines campus has been re-named "North Carolina State Equine Health Center at Southern Pines." In 2005, 52 different veterinary practices used the services offered by the center, and Arden expects that number to grow. "The services we offer here, combined with the leading-edge clinical programs at our large animal hospital in Raleigh, ensure that we continue to provide the best equine care possible. The number of veterinary practices we support through the Southern Pines center has grown steadily over the years, and we have every expectation that trend will continue," says Arden.

In 2006, services offered at the NC State Equine Health Center at Southern Pines will include:

  • Podiatry and rehabilitation services, including assessment of difficult lameness and shoeing problems.
  • Expanded ophthalmology services, including diagnostic, surgical, and therapeutic treatments for eye disorders, as well as examination for genetic-based eye diseases.
  • Availability of diagnostics that includes more than 90 different tests, with 45 that are conducted in-house, such as equine infectious anemia (Coggins) and blood chemistry profiles. Emergency Coggins tests can be performed in less than two hours. Other diagnostic services include video endoscopy for the stomach and upper respiratory system.
  • Reproductive services such as infertility treatment, embryo transfer, semen collection and transport, artificial insemination, reproductive emergencies, and reproductive surgery.

In support of the expanded mission of the Equine Health Center at Southern Pines, a new web site was created: www.cvm.ncsu.edu/ehc-sp.

CEM Quarantine Site
Currently the Equine Health Center at Southern Pines is the only USDA-certified contagious equine metritis (CEM) quarantine site in North Carolina, and one of only a few certified sites on the East Coast. The center's web site offers downloadable forms to help facilitate the quarantine process.

The North Carolina State University Equine Health Center is located in Southern Pines, N.C., about 60 miles south of Raleigh. It is easily accessed from I-95 and I-40. For more information, visit www.cvm.ncsu.edu/ehc-sp or call 910/692.877

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