We probably don’t need to tell you that there is a crisis of equine emergency veterinary care today. Because of the shortage of equine veterinarians, many clinics either don’t have the personnel to provide
emergency services at all, or can only do so for their own clients in good standing.
To address this ongoing crisis, and to better ensure the health and safety of all equines in our service area, Mobile Veterinary Services has changed our policy to provide emergency veterinary care to new clients as well as current clients. Emergency care is available 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.
In order to cover our service area efficiently, meet the greatest needs, and cover the costs involved in having our doctors there for your horse when you need it, we have several policies that are non-negotiable.
EMERGENCY CALL POLICIES – PLEASE READ
- Payment is due in full at the time of service for ALL emergency calls. No exceptions.
- Any new client, or non-active client will be required to pay a $400 deposit via credit card by phone before our doctors leave the office.
- All calls will be triaged and handled accordingly. If more than one emergency call comes in at the same time, we will take the more critical case first, as is the standard of care in human and animal emergency medicine.
- Please have transport ready, either your own trailer or someone else who is willing to help, in case our doctors are unavailable in a reasonable time frame, or if your equine needs to be referred to a hospital.
How to Contact Us
If your horse is in need of emergency care, please contact our offices as soon as possible at (303) 279-4893 and follow the prompts on the voice service to leave a voicemail for the on-call doctor. Please use the “URGENT” option for a prompt return call. It is helpful for the doctor if you are ready to describe the horses’ condition, including heart rate, respiration rate, temperature, level of discomfort, and any injury that may be present.
Mobile Vet Services is my partner in keeping my old horses happy, my foals healthy, and my polo ponies playing soundly. Dr. Baird has been my vet for over 10 years through countless routine and emergency calls. He is experienced, knowledgeable, and compassionate. I appreciate his sense of when something is a problem and his reassurance when it is not. He has an amazing ability to explain potential treatment options and will refer when needed. In the past year, I’ve also gotten to know and depend on Dr. Hartman. What an asset she is to MVS! I recommend MVS to my boarders and friends for all their vet needs. I will continue using MVS for as long as they will have me and my herd of horses!
Whether using MVS as an owner or a professional trainer, I trust MVS can provide the services I need. I am currently a professional horse trainer in the Golden area specializing in Western Dressage performance horses. Through this journey of training, I have developed a trusting and educational relationship with both Dr. Hartman and Dr. Baird. They have been by my side through everything horses can possibly throw at me. They have taken the time to educate me and ensure I have a full understanding of the diagnosis and treatment plans for my personal horses and my client's horses.
I have worked with both Dr. Hartman and Dr. Baird from MVS and couldn’t recommend anyone better suited to take care of horses, from emergencies to routine maintenance. I operate a boarding facility of 30 horses and they are the veterinarians I recommend to everyone that comes into my barn. I respect that they are always very detailed and informative as well as providing the utmost quality of care for the animal. If you’re looking for a caring, friendly, knowledgeable equine veterinary service, you have found the best with Mobile Veterinary Services.
As a barn manager and owner, I have been using Mobile Veterinary Services for both my personal and lesson horses for the past two years. I am continuously impressed by the high level of care and significant consideration they provide to each individual horse. Drs. Hartman and Baird are excellent at providing multiple treatment options to best meet the needs of horse and client, as well as utilizing their broad network of veterinary specialists. From routine lameness exams to midnight colic calls, their passion, professionalism and expansive knowledge base makes them my go to veterinarian for both personal and boarder horses alike.
I’ve been a loyal customer of MVS for the past seven years and I am very satisfied with the superior service, highest level of expertise, and compassionate care they’ve afforded my horse. As a competitive Level 3 Western Dressage rider, my horse and I train six days a week and compete throughout the summer and fall. Given this investment of time and money, I will only settle for the best when it comes to healthcare of my horse. Certainly, I use MVS for the usual vaccinations, dentals, health certificates, and Coggins tests. In addition, while I have been blessed with a healthy horse, there was a time when he coliced. MVS arrived quickly to address the situation. In addition to the day-to-day health care requirements, MVS has assisted me in my desire to take a proactive approach at keeping my horse sound and performing at his peak level. This has included biomechanical evaluations including radiographs, saddle fitting, foot/shoeing assessments, and chiropractic adjustments. MVS has also provided my farrier with radiographic information to optimize the trimming of my horse’s hooves. As a testament to this level of care, my horse finished the show season by earning two first-place finishes at the 2018 WDAA World Show. I’ve also recently used MVS for a recent pre-purchase exam of a horse I am importing from Europe. They were very thorough in their assessment, corresponded with the overseas veterinarian, and consulted their colleagues to get additional input regarding identified anomalies. The resulting report gave me insightful information, with which to make my purchase decision. Finally, the folks at MVS are professional and show respect by arriving on time for appointments (or call if they are running late). Further, they provide in-depth explanations, which, as someone who craves knowledge, I greatly appreciate. And, most importantly, they truly have your horse’s best interest at heart. Sincerely, Mark Gilbert and ‘Butters’
"Dr Baer and MVS are some of the best vets I have had the pleasure to work with! Their knowledge and compassion is unmatched in the business. No matter who you get in an emergency they always take the time to make you feel taken care of and like you're the only client they have. They also help to explain things to you about your horse and treatment options. When you use MVS you can sleep well at night knowing your equine friend is in good hands! I can't say enough good things about MVS!!"