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Experienced Orthopedic & General Surgery for Horses

Columbia Equine Hospital has prepared a skilled surgical team to provide the best care for your horse. Our experienced surgeon, Dr. Scott Hansen, has invaluable expertise in emergency and elective surgical procedures. Dr. Hansen has been the surgeon at Columbia Equine Hospital since 1983 and has had extensive surgical training and experience, including:

  • Video-assisted arthroscopy
  • General orthopedics
  • Soft tissue surgery
  • Reproductive surgery
  • Dental surgery
  • Internal fixation
  • Umbilical hernia repair
  • Cryptorchid
  • Podiatry

Orthopedic & General Surgery for Horses at Columbia Equine HospitalAt this time, Columbia Equine Hospital does not perform colic surgery.

Our surgical suite is complete with a hydraulic table, gas anesthesia with positive pressure ventilation, blood pressure monitoring, EKG, pulse oximetry, medical and emergency support, padded recovery room, climate control, and a wide variety of other medical and surgical equipment. Surgical patients are moved to the surgical aftercare section of the hospital for monitoring and aftercare following the surgical procedure.

All non-emergent surgical patients will be admitted the day prior to the surgery and a full blood work panel will be processed. These laboratory results are utilized to ensure the health and safety of your horse during surgery. Columbia Equine Hospital takes every precaution to ensure your horse’s safety.

If you are scheduling a surgery, please be prepared for the following:

  • Your horse will need to be dropped off the day prior to surgery and most often will be able to go home the day following surgery.
  • Feed is provided by Columbia Equine Hospital.
  • All surgical patients need to be bathed or groomed.
  • Your horse will have a clipped area on the neck for placement of the IV catheter.
  • All shoes will be removed.
  • Most surgical patients are required to be placed in a clean, dry area at your farm.


“Competent and helpful.”

“Professional and compassionate.”

“I have been using CEH for years, and I have 100% faith in them.”

“I always have a great experience with them.”

“I recommend them for all your horses medical needs.”

“We always have a good visit when we take our horses to Columbia Equine!”

“Columbia Equine has a wonderful staff of professionals & state of the art equipment.”

“They're focused on the well being of the animals more than anything else. They educate the customer and are helpful in many aspects, I recommend them all the time!”

– Marlene

“Blessed am I to have this great vet team behind me and my pony thank you Columbia Equine Hospital! You rock!”

– Lauren

“Thank you for the great addition to your already top notch staff at Columbia Equine. We love you guys!”

“Amazing vets and beautiful facility. I've had my horses under their care before and they do an awesome job! I would recommend any of my fellow horse friends to take their horses there.”

“I can not begin thank Dr. Hanson and staff for the amazing care they gave my horse...”

“My initial conversation was with Alexis, me asking a lot of questions, she providing a lot of professional answers and setting up an appointment for a farm visit later that day, to Dr. Rioux-Forker showing up on time, listening to the problems we are having with our OTTB, Leon, asking thoughtful questions, and suggesting helpful solutions, we were very happy with every interaction we had with the staff at Columbia Equine Hospital. Very helpful. Very professional. Very experienced. And reasonably priced. Thank you!”