South-central Wisconsin horses and their owners can find state-of-the-art medical treatment and 24/7 emergency on-farm care with Lodi Veterinary Care’s equine division.

In addition to wellness and preventative care, the clinic offers a myriad of specialized services including a fully equipped surgical suite; a seven-stall hospital ward; endoscopy; advanced lameness diagnostics and treatment; and reproduction services such as stallion and mare management, artificial insemination and embryo transfer.

The clinic’s service area includes multiple counties in south-central Wisconsin, where veterinarians provide complete coverage plus prompt response time in the case of an emergency.

For David Kolb, veterinarian and clinic director, the work of the facility is equal parts preventative and sick animal care, with disease prevention and dentistry also large parts of the services provided.

“Advances in medicine and excellent lifelong care means many horses are now living well into their 30s, resulting in additional physical problems to deal with, including lameness, dental disease and metabolic or endocrine disorders,” Kolb said. “The increasing need for on-site equine care has resulted in an increase in both staff and facility, and we now have seven stalls for breeding and sick animal care, plus five veterinarians on staff specializing in horse care. The clinic is also full-mobile at all times for emergency on-call needs.”

Each of the clinic’s ambulatory trucks carries essential diagnostic equipment including an X-ray and ultrasound machine, endoscope, ophthalmoscope and well-stocked pharmacy and supply source.

“Our goal is to be as fully prepared as possible for the needs of our clients,” Kolb said.

With a veterinary degree from the UW School of Veterinary Medicine, Kolb began his career at the then-Lodi Veterinary Hospital in 1987 and, over the years, has become an expert on the causes and treatment of equine lameness.

“Poorly fitted shoes and uneven foot trimming can result in lameness and laminitis, a serious hoof infection that ultimately resulted in the death of Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro,” Kolb said. “That’s why it’s imperative that shoes be put on correctly and hoofs trimmed by a certified farrier.”

Lodi Veterinary Care’s presence in the community spans decades, with R. Dean Meyer instrumental in the clinic’s early development, including the construction of the large animal addition facility in 1972. Meyer also played a key role in the formation of the Wisconsin State Horse Council and developed a line of vitamin and mineral horse products called Doctor’s Choice Supplements that is distributed in 16 states.

Veterinarians Corrine McKittrick, Kathryn Livesey and Laura Wagner are the newest generation of practitioners in the century-old clinic.

“It is a wonderful advantage to have a staff that is multi-generational,” Kolb said. “This allows us to focus on providing exemplary care while constantly bringing new and innovative techniques to our clients.

“With this team approach and various areas of expertise, we are now able to provide optimal and complete health care services to the horses of south-central Wisconsin.”