Large Animal Hospital
Equine Field Service :   540-231-9042
Food Animal Field Service :   540-231-9041
Large Animal Hospital :   540-231-9043
Hospital FAX : 540-231-7979
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Neonatology - Specialized Care for your Foal


The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine provides specialized care for your foal in our hospital and on the farm through our equine field service. If you have questions about our neonatology services, please contact us.

  • For in-hospital treatment, please call 540-231-9043.
  • For on-farm treatment, please call 540-231-9042.

Conditions which may require veterinary care

foal care

  • Prenatal care for mares with high risk pregnancies
  • Dysmature foals
  • Foal has not consumed enough colostrum
  • Sick foals: signs of depression, not nursing, fever, swollen joints/lame, diarrhea, nasal discharge, coughing
  • Mare that does not have sufficient milk (fescue, nutrition)
  • Thickened umbilicus/patent urachus (dripping urine from umbilicus)
  • Angular limb deformities
  • Colic

Foal health care services we provide

  • Newborn foal exam: physical exam to identify any problems and congenital abnormalities
    • Passage of meconium
    • Immunoglobulin levels (SNAP test)
    • Adequate nursing/nutrition
    • Angular limb deformities
  • Additional diagnostics can include ultrasound and/or radiographs to determine extent of problem(s)
  • Blood work/Lab tests
  • Provide colostrum or plasma
  • Supplemental nutrition
  • Corrective treatment for angular limb deformities
  • Provide antibiotics, if needed