Remember, dear readers, when I shared with you all that Moissanite (my OTTB) got diagnosed with A-Fib? Now, it is with great pleasure to announce that his heart is ticking away with a healthy heart! The team at Auburn University could not have been more fabulous. Which, is what this post is mainly about, walking through taking your horse to a university hospital.
When you get to a university’s hospital, the first thing you have to know is that you have to have a reference from your local vet. This is the policy that the University of Georgia, as well as Auburn University, has for their large animal clinics. Now, this does mean this is the case for the all major university clinics. This is, however, a word of caution that should make you want or need to get to a university clinic, call first in case this is their policy as well.
Another significant fact about the experience that I feel should be more widely known about AU and UGA is that there is an upfront payment of half the cost the treatment. For example, if the anticipated cost is going to be $1000, then you are required to pay $500 right as you walk in the door. Once again this policy may be singular to these two universities, but if you are working on a budget, it’s best to call ahead.
Now onto the good stuff, the facility at AU is incredible. The barn is immaculate which is nothing compared to the ICU of the clinic. In my case, the ICU was just a pre-op area thankfully, and nothing was seriously wrong. The floor had a space to clean your shoes, and the stall had cleaned shavings, in mean the shavings had been cleaned. Along with a fantastic facility, the staff and doctors are great. Every morning and evening the fourth-year that was keeping watch on Moe called me to tell me that he was eating and drinking normally. He also confirmed what I warned them about in that he gets hangry when they fasted before the surgery.
This is all to say that university clinics are great emergency options and places to take your horse if they’ve got a rare heart problem. The only problem is that they’re going to be very expensive. I would show my invoice to you all, but I don’t want it to be criteria for all potential clients. Every case is different, and so every invoice is going to differ as well. If you want to read more about the experience from the view of AU, click the link below. Keep on riding guys and remember that you’re not the only broke rider out there!