Admitting Your Horse to the KSU Veterinary Health Center


(Dr. Chris Blevins) Hello and welcome to Horsin’ Around. I’m Dr. Chris Blevins at Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center and today joined by Dr. Laurie Beard. She is a clinical professor here at Kansas State and is the Section Head for Equine. Today thought we’d just go over, if an owner had either an issue with their horse or they just want to come to visit. First of all, I’d like to start with what kind of people do we have in the equine section, and what kind of cases do we see here? (Dr. Laurie Beard) Very good question. We have a number of different veterinarians that work on horses, and we do everything. Dr. Blevins, he is our Field Service Veterinarian, so he’s going to be able to see your horse out in the field or he often sees a number of cases in-house. He does a lot of vaccines and dentistries and just primary care veterinary work. We also have veterinarians that specialize. I’m an internist; I see problems that would be medically treated, for instance, pneumonias, diarrheas, neurological cases, see a lot fouls in the spring. We have surgeons that do soft tissue surgery, they do orthopedic surgery, they also do a lot of the lameness, laceration type of repairs. We actually have somebody that does work in reproduction or theriogenology, so we have a lot of veterinarians. We also have other support veterinarians that do work on all animals, but we have board-certified ophthalmologists, we have board-certified cardiologists, we have board-certified anesthesiologists as well. We’ve got everything your horse needs, from the very basic to the more complicated. I’d also like to state that you don’t need a referral to come to Kansas State University. Your veterinarian can certainly refer your horse, but if you have a situation in which you think, “Gosh, my horse has a serious problem, I want to bring it,” you’re more than welcome to schedule an appointment yourself to bring your horse here. (Chris) I think those are all good points and things to remember for owners, that they’re always welcome, any questions or concerns to just get a hold of us, and we’re here for them. And for your veterinarian for sure for that too. When you are coming for sure, that you’re trying to figure out where exactly the equine section is, when you drop off or unload your horse, we are on the backside of Mosier Hall. You’ll see the emergency sign up front off of Dennison, but then you’ll have to drive around to the backside. That’s where we unload the horses and get started. Just making sure people understand that we’re not necessarily around the front of the building; you have to drive around to the backside of the building. There are a lot of signs to help you, direct you into that location. This is the area that you can see behind us of where they would start and sign in for whatever they need, or concerns. Then there are pages that go out and students that get involved. What would happen next after they get checked in as far as where to go, and who would be around? (Laurie) You would come in here, you get checked in, and what’s going to usually happen at that point is that there’s going to be a fourth-year student that comes out, introduces themselves; they’re going to get a history from you, will get your animal brought in, they may start with a physical exam but very shortly you’re going to be then introduced to the senior clinician. We also have some junior faculty, some residents and interns that are all veterinarians, but they’ll be part of this as well. Certainly, if you have an animal that’s critically sick, and we do have those, we’re going to be involved from the get-go. It’ll depend on those situations, but usually, this is a place where the students are going to come at least get that history, and where you’re going to help get your horse off the trailer and into the building. (Chris) That’s a good point. This is a quality area for any aspects of the equine medicine and surgery, and you’re going to get the top-notch care, and we’re also teaching students, so there’s a lot of stuff that’s going on, there’s a lot of people, but definitely a lot of veterinarians that get involved in treatment. (Laurie) One thing we’re on never short supply is people. There will be a lot of people you’ll be introduced to; fourth-year students, technicians, faculty, senior, junior faculty and again the house officers as well. These are veterinarians in training programs to specialize in whatever field they’ve chosen. (Chris) That’s great. Well, next after they get checked in, why don’t we go and show them where their horse may be examined? (Laurie)
(Chris) Okay, so now we’re in one of the exam rooms that we would use for horses. After they get checked in, there’s a large area where they unload, maybe the student would do the exam, but this room gets used quite a bit, could you explain a little bit about the room that we’re in right now? (Laurie) Yes, so it’s one of our general exam rooms, we refer to it as the colic room, but we will see a lot of different horses, not necessarily just colic in this area, but the room we have a set of stocks here that we’re going to usually try to get your horse in, not always successful, but as usual we do our exam in the steady stocks. This is actually where we’re going to do our general work up. We’re going to get basic physical exams of temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate. We’re going to listen to the heart and the lungs; do we need to pass a tube, do we need to do a rectal exam, do we need to pull out an ultrasound. We’ll do all those things, and in some situations, we have a pretty critical horse, we may have multiple veterinarians here doing things simultaneously. Students will be involved; they’ll be involved in doing things like listening to the heart, getting that temperature, that sort of thing. This is the area we can do it. We also have a set of scales over here, so we can actually get accurate weights on our large patients. (Chris) I think that something too is, when they come here, usually the owner depends on the case, but they sure can be back here and are communicated during the process. It’s not like you drop something and you have to wait in some little room to figure out what’s going on. We try to keep people involved and you can look in here sometimes and they’ll be like eight different veterinarians and eight students, and all doing different things, and communicating with each other. Depending on the case, even anesthesiologist will come in here, if it’s going to have to go to surgery, they’ll get stuff ready from here too. (Laurie) That’s the big difference between, when we work on large animals or equine in particular, the owner is part of this. In smaller, maybe you’ve had that experience where they’ve taken your dog, taken it to a different room and you’re not around for the examination. That’s not going to be the case in this situation. We’re working right with the clients, right with their horses, and so clients are involved, they’re involved with asking questions, so all those sort of things. (Chris) The decision process, you guys do a great job by just communicating where they’re at, even financially know what are some options, here is what we have, and so I think that’s a big part of it. Maybe some people are hesitant of coming because they think everything is just going to be thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars, but there’s different options and we work with the client in trying to figure out what’s best for the patient for sure, but also for that of the client. (Laurie) Yes, and that’s something that’s really– when I talk to my students, one of my jobs is to know exactly what things cost, and it’s the client’s money. Clients get to decide how they want to care for their horse, so we usually come up with some different options, different plans, explaining those options and plans to the owner to understand what they’re getting into. (Chris) All those things are great and –I sure appreciate you shedding light a little bit on that area for that of owners. You guys have any questions or concerns just give us a call here at Kansas State Veterinary Health Center, either about your patient or even about the facility. We’d sure be welcome to any aspects and talking to you on that. Thank you Dr. Beard in talking today, and I’m Dr. Chris Blevins for Horsin’ Around, and we’ll see you around. Sure.

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