Large Animal Care


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Do you have a partner you can trust with the care and upkeep of your large animals?

At Hodes Veterinary Health Center, we recognize that animal companions come in all shapes, sizes and species. In addition to treating small household pets, we also offer comprehensive veterinary care services for large animals and livestock. We offer routine, preventative care, as well as sick calls and emergency services, both within our clinic and on-site. Whether you’re raising them as pets or they’re part of your business and livelihood, we’re here to help keep them as healthy as possible.


Equine (Horses) Care

At Hodes Veterinary Health Center, we understand the special care that horses require in order to stay healthy and remain at their peak performance. Our highly skilled, experienced team can perform the following equine services, either in-house or at your farm:

  • Coggins
  • Vaccinations
  • Lameness Exams
  • Medical Colic Evaluation and Treatment
  • X-rays
  • Health Certificates
  • Surgery (call for complete list of surgeries)


Ambulatory service

We have 2 full-sized 4WD ambulatory units at RHVHC to allow Drs. Jessica Hodes and Brian Hodes to make routine and emergency farm calls throughout the Butler, Cowley, Sumner, and Sedgwick County areas. Our equine truck is fully equipped with refrigeration, hot and cold water, full dental equipment, most medications, and equipment that allows us to perform many field surgical procedures. Digital radiology and digital ultrasound can also be performed in the field as part of this service.



RHVHC offers progressive, routine, and specialized dental care for equine patients. We are equipped with a Powerfloat unit as well as portable stocks. We offer complete dentistry services for both performance and pleasure horses, including routine floats, wolf tooth extraction, dental imaging, cheek tooth extraction, incisor and canine tooth contouring. We offer dentistry in the field as well as the clinic and recommend a dental exam for your horse each year.


Preventative Medicine Wellness

Preventative medicine and wellness are both mainstays of our practice philosophy. Our doctors will be happy to advise you on detailed programs for vaccination, deworming, dentistry, and sheath cleaning for your horse, and can provide these services either in the field or at the hospital. Signing up for our Wellness Program will insure that your horse gets the finest in preventative medicine, and will also provide significant cost savings when you sign up for this program. Contact Dr. Jessica Hodes for more details on how to participate in this valuable option.


Internal Medicine

RHVHC offers an in-house laboratory, where many blood and body fluid analyses can be performed while you wait. We also frequently send specimens to Kansas State University and other labs around the country for evaluation. State-of-the-art ultrasonography gives our veterinarians a non-invasive window into the abdomen, chest, and general soft tissues, and is often used in conjunction with digital radiography to evaluate abnormalities.


Lameness diagnosis

We routinely perform both simple and complex lameness evaluations. These are performed in the clinic or may be performed in the field. We also have the ability to take digital radiographs and perform digital ultrasound exams as needed, which enhances our diagnostic capability.


Bovine (Cattle) Care

For cattle, we offer comprehensive care that includes disease prevention, sick and emergency care, surgical services, reproductive services, growth and performance counseling and more. Our cattle services include:

  • Vaccinations
  • Reproductive Exams
  • Hoof Trimming
  • Surgery (call for complete surgery list)
  • Health Certificates


Caprine/Ovine (Goats/Sheep)

We enjoy working with sheep and goat herds, because it gives us a chance to “change gears” during our hectic days. The services we provide for these special animals include:

  • Vaccinations
  • Wellness Exams
  • Reproductive Exams
  • Surgery (call for complete  surgery list)
  • Foot Trimming
  • Health Certificates


Porcine (Pigs) Care

Our swine care services include, but are not limited to:

  • Vaccinations
  • Health Certificates
  • Hoof Trimming


When it comes to providing the most effective care to our larger patients, we always try to look at the whole picture. From there, we’ll work with you to arrive at a solution that will give you the best outcome and return for your investment. We attempt to balance the risks and rewards with the expense of any program we recommend. To that end, we emphasize group prevention with individual animal care and welfare.

Contact us today to learn more about our large animal medical care services.


Camelid Care

We see pet camelids as well as fiber producing animals and brood stock. We offer wellness exams including routine hoof care, and annual vaccinations. We offer deworming and boosters for vitamin E and selenium to prevent white muscle disease and vaccination for rhinopneumonitis for camelids housed with equines. We evaluate body scores annually as obesity is a significant problem in these animals. We also offer sickness exams and emergency treatment including administration of intravenous fluids, treatment for choke, heat stroke, overeating disease, polioencephalomalacia, listeriosis, and failure to thrive syndrome. We perform routine surgical castrations, fighting teeth trimming, growth removal, microchip insertion, and pregnancy diagnosis/fetal monitoring.


  • Alpaca and Llama
  • Herd Health
  • Reproduction
  • Infectious Disease Testing (BVD)
  • Investigation/Parasite Control
  • Cria ICU and Hospitalization
  • Minor Field Surgery/Anesthesia
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Health Papers (state accredited)
  • Lameness Services/Treatment
  • Digital Ultrasound
  • Digital Radiography (mobile)
  • Fully Equipped Mobile Veterinary Unit
  • Herd Disease
  • ​​​​​​​Microchip Placement (HomeAgain)


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