Thanks to a $1 million lead gift from the E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation, Oklahoma State University’s (OSU) Center for Veterinary Health Sciences recently opened the Gaylord Center for Excellence in Equine Health. Located adjacent to the equine barn inside OSU’s Veterinary Medical Hospital, the Gaylord Center allows OSU veterinarians the ability to offer horse owners more treatment options.
Newly renovated space has created an outpatient service area for equine athletes. A separate overhead door entrance allows sport horses to enter the temperature-controlled Gaylord Equine Performance Suite directly from the outside rather than going through the hospital’s large animal clinic entrance. In addition, specialty equipment for regenerative medicine is now centrally located adjacent to the exam area.
The Gaylord Equine Neonatal Care Wing has three enlarged stalls with space for both mare and foal. Each stall is equipped with a half-Dutch door to allow care of critically ill foals while still giving the mare access over the top half of the stall. These stalls also accommodate large-breed horses such as Warmbloods and Draft horses.
Lastly, the isolation area received a hoist system to manage horses with infectious neurologic conditions or horses that need full sling support or require assistance standing. The HVAC system was replaced with a system that manages the airspace with negative pressure and specialized filters to safely isolate horses with airborne infectious conditions.
“This new facility greatly enhances our ability to provide premier health care for horses of all ages and disciplines,” said equine section chief Todd Holbrook, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVSMR. “We are excited to offer these services to horse owners everywhere.”
The OSU equine team consists of board-certified veterinary specialists in internal medicine, surgery, radiology, and sports medicine and rehabilitation. They offer respiratory analysis using a dynamic respiratory scope that records a horse in real time during rest and exercise. Low level laser therapy is available to treat inflamed muscles and much services. For more information, visit www.cvhs.okstate.edu