07 5460 1799

Our fully staffed emergency department is open 24 hours a day, every day. All emergency cases must be referred by a veterinarian who has attended to your horse for its current problem.

    Emergency situations

    In an emergency:

    • contact your regular vet to discuss your horse’s condition    
    • your regular vet will phone us and refer your horse to us
    • we'll develop an action plan with your vet and contact you 
    • we'll triage and collect your horse's medical history by phone
    • your horse must be vaccinated for Hendra virus.

    After we've accepted your horse as an emergency admission:

    • travel to UQ VETS Equine Specialist Hospital
    • enter code 111 when you arrive at the closed gate
    • on arrival, stay with your vehicle and phone us on 07 5460 1799
    • we'll collect your horse and admit it to hospital.

    World-class care and facilities


    UQ VETS emergency veterinarians provide medical, surgical, anaesthetic and obstetric expertise to evaluate and manage horses with life-threatening conditions.

    Common emergencies include but are not limited to:

    • colic
    • lacerations and wounds
    • fracture repair
    • neonatal foal emergencies
    • ocular emergencies
    • acute lameness
    • respiratory distress
    • severe neurologic abnormalities (down horse).


      Intensive Care Unit

      • We provide comprehensive, intensive care to critically ill patients with a vet and nursing staff on duty 24 hours a day, every day.
      • Our intensive care unit is climate controlled and designed exclusively for critically ill adult horses and foals. 

      Emergency surgery

      • We're fully equipped for emergency surgical procedures such as colic or caesareans.
      • Our gantry (overhead hoist) safely transports patients with difficulty standing to the surgery table and then on to recovery.  
      • We use a sling-stall for musculoskeletal and neurologic cases that need temporary sling assistance. 
      • Our surgery features a ceiling-suspended large animal X-ray to image patients and a portable C-arm to take radiographs during a procedure. 

      Neonatal intensive care

      • Our world-class neonatal intensive care includes a program to evaluate and monitor high-risk pregnancies and protocol to manage caesarean section/dystocia.
      • We're equipped for neonatal resuscitation and intensive care, including mechanical ventilation and parental nutrition.
      • Our intensive care unit includes a larger stall to accommodate a mare and foal together for compassionate animal welfare.

      Recovery stalls 

      • Our emergency care barn stalls offer a quiet space for your horse to recover before they're moved to our intensive care barns.
      • We offer temperature-regulated stalls for long-stay patients and two isolation stalls. 

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