Please print out and bring with you our new patient registration form or submit online.
A valid Coggin's certificate is required for transportation to the hospital.
Your scheduled visit to the Cardiology Service at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals begins when you pull up to the circular driveway in front of the equine hospital. Please park your vehicle in the driveway, come into the reception area and check in at the front desk. After a small amount of paperwork, our licensed veterinary technician will help you unload and walk your horse to its assigned stall.
Often times, you may leave your vehicle and trailer right in the driveway but, if the lot is full, the receptionist will provide you with a parking pass and directions to nearby longer-term parking where overnight parking for trucks and trailers is also available.
After your vehicle is parked, a senior veterinarian, veterinary resident ask you questions about the horse's past medical, surgical, travel and vaccination history and current health. They will work together to conduct an examination of your horse. Students observe and participate in this examination, which is invaluable to their education and development. We appreciate your patience and understanding in allowing these future veterinarians to interact with you and your horse.
After the physical examination, our veterinarians will discuss their findings and treatment options, including cost. Together, you will develop plan for further diagnosis and treatment of your horse.
In most cases, you will be asked to leave your horse in the care of the student after this initial examination so that we may begin appropriate diagnostic testing, which commonly includes echocardiography, thoracic x-rays and electrocardiography immediately after exercise using a treadmill.
We frequently work as a team with veterinarians from other services to ensure your horse received the most comprehensive care possible. Given our busy schedule and our collaborative environment, you will most likely be asked to return in the afternoon to discuss our findings and recommendations . Please understand that our primary concern is the well being of your horse, and that although we will always strive to minimize the duration of your stay, we do not wish to compromise patient care. When you return, you will meet with the cardiologist or cardiology resident and the student working with your horse to discuss their findings and therapeutic recommendations. In many cases, therapy will be in the form of medication that you can administer at home. In some cases, your horse may require hospitalization for supportive care or diagnostics. In the event that your horse requires an elective interventional procedure, the rationale, logistics, and risks associated with the procedure will be discussed at this time, and the procedure can often be scheduled either at the time of discharge or within 24 hours of discharge.
Before leaving the hospital, you will receive a copy of the cardiology report, which outlines the findings and recommendations for management of your horse’s case. Your referring veterinarian will also receive a copy of this report via mail. You will also receive a copy of discharge instructions, which outlines our findings and recommendations. We will strive to make sure that we have answered any and all questions that you may have prior to your departure.