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Why Choose the VHC for your Horse’s Procedure?

Sending a beloved horse or pet into surgery is a mix of emotions. Many of us are aware that one of the most critical aspects of a successful surgical outcome is the administration of anesthesia. Anesthesia is vital to our patients’ safety and comfort. Our client’s worries can be eased knowing the Veterinary Health Center provides the highest level of expert anesthesia services available.

At the VHC, we have four anesthesiologists that are board certified by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, two veterinarians training for their anesthesiology board certification in a 3-year residency and 3 veterinary technicians experienced in anesthesia, along with fourth-year veterinary students in their clinical rotations. This team coupled with state-of-the-art anesthesia administration and monitoring equipment, provides comprehensive and constant observation of our patients’ anesthesia experience.

Surgery and other procedures can be performed without anesthesiologists, but at the VHC, every surgery and many of the medical and specialty imaging procedures such as CT (soon to be offered to our equine patients!), are supervised by board certified anesthesiologists.  Anesthesiologists also provide consultation on the management of post-operative pain and chronic pain conditions.

Board certification in anesthesiology requires a 1-year internship or practice equivalent and a 3-year residency upon completion of veterinary school. Veterinarians focus on the physiological changes that occur during anesthesia and the pharmacology of drugs used to anesthetize patients during their additional training and then must pass a series of examinations to become a board certified anesthesiologist. The VHC is proud to have the only four board certified anesthesiologists in the states of Kansas and Nebraska.

Every patient’s case is closely examined and the anesthesia strategy is individually suited for each animal’s condition. It is important to discuss any concerns about anesthesia with your animal’s clinician before a procedure. If a client so desires, one of our anesthesiologists is available to visit with owners before any procedure to explain the process and discuss any potential complications.

Meet our Anesthesiologists:
Dr. Rose McMurphy
Dr. Dave Hodgson
Dr. Diane Mason
Dr. David Rankin