The Equine Surgery Service at Michigan State University is headed by board-certified surgeons and provides the most advanced and current surgical therapies available. The surgeons at the Michigan State University Veterinary Medical Center have been at the forefront of training other surgeons in advanced surgical techniques, performed research that advances veterinary surgery, and written numerous book chapters that are seen today as required reading for veterinary surgeons around the world.

As is the trend in human surgical practice, whenever possible, our surgeons are moving toward less invasive procedures such as laparoscopic and arthroscopic surgery, which results in less pain, fewer complications, and quicker recovery. The surgery service works alongside all other services within the large animal clinic, providing a wide range of modalities for diagnosis and treatment. Working with the anesthesia service, which is headed by board certified veterinary anesthesiologists, the highest level of care is provided to prevent complications with general anesthesia and provide the highest level of analgesia in the post-operative period, improving the outcomes of our patients

We provide common and rare surgical orthopedic and soft tissue treatments, such as:

  • Lameness evaluation
  • Pre-purchase examinations
  • Arthroscopic surgery
  • Abdominal surgery (colic and exploratory)
  • Dental and sinus surgery
  • Laparoscopic surgery (ovariectomy, cryptorchidectomy, and nephrosplenic space ablation)
  • Laceration repair
  • Fracture repair
  • Surgical arthrodesis
  • Septic joint/tendon sheath therapy
  • Respiratory surgery
  • General soft tissue surgery (tumor removals and localized chemotherapy)
  • Urogenital surgery
  • Ophthalmic surgery
  • Neonatal orthopedic and soft tissue surgery