Rocky Mountain Equine Clinic
(719) 481-2749
Lise Andersen, DVM

Shilo Cavalcanti, DVM

Digital radiographs (x-rays) can be taken at the barn and quality images are projected in a few seconds on our laptop screen.  Images can then be enhanced to improve interpretation.  No longer do we need to go back to the clinic to develop the films, call you with the results, and then return to your barn for subsequent treatment if necessary.  In addition, the radiographs can easily be e-mailed or burned to a CD.  This equipment is essential for us since we do many lameness and pre-purchase exams.
Dr. Andersen is certified in veterinary acupuncture after having completed the course at Colorado State University.  This centuries-old means of treatment is no longer considered "alternative" medicine, but "integrated" medicine as it has proven to have profound diagnostic and therapeutic benefits, particularly in horses.  While we still may not fully comprehend the ability of acupuncture to balance the body and restore homeostasis, thereby allowing the body to heal itself, there is no disputing the scientific facts that have been recently uncovered.  It is currently recognized by the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) and the AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners) as an accepted and scientifically valid treatment modality.  Scientific research has proven the merits of acupuncture for relieving pain, reducing inflammation, restoring neurological function, regulation of hormonal/reproductive balance, and resolving some types of gastrointestinal disturbances, to name a few.
Comprehensive dental care can increase feed utilization, maximize horse comfort, and improve the overall health and performance of your horse. Examination of the horse's mouth is an important part of the routine veterinary visit and should be done every 6-12 months.  Equine dentistry has come a long way from the years of just "rasping the sharps"  to performing dental care that aims to balance the entire mouth and prevent periodontal disease.  Comprehensive dentistries include: correction of malocclusions (hooks, waves, ramps, etc), application of a bit seat, and when necessary, tooth extractions, incisor corrections, canine reductions and cleaning between teeth with a dental pick and mirror.  Our doctors have many hours of continuing education in dental training as dental procedures are a major part of their veterinary work. 
From your pre-purchase exam to retirement in the pasture, preventative medicine is critical to maintaining a healthy, happy horse.  A preventative medicine program can be tailored to best fit your horse's needs.  We will coordinate a specific vaccination and deworming program for your individual horse based on his or her age, overall health, and risk factors.  Every time we vaccinate your horse (for most horses that's twice a year, spring and fall) we will also check their teeth and perform a brief physical exam to catch any problems early and fix them before they become bigger issues.

Whether you have a top-level athlete, a trusty trail horse, or a retired friend, we owe it to them to make sure they are moving as comfortably as possible. 
We offer thorough examination of the musculoskeletal system combined with digital radiography and ultrasound.  Treatments include a large range of joint therapies, surgeries, and corrective shoeing recommendations

Digital Radiography                          Acupuncture                                 Dentistry       Preventative Medicine                   Lameness Exams                         Internal Medicine Pre-Purchase Exams                       Reproduction                                 Endoscopy      Minor Surgeries                     Hospitalization/Critical Care                      Ultrasound                                                              Chiropractic                                              
                                           24 Hour Emergency Services

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RMEC has a  state-of-the-art ultrasound machine that will allow us to offer advanced diagnostic imaging of tendons, joints, and body cavities, such as the abdomen and chest.  We are very excited to be able to bring this technology to the Black Forest to better serve the area's horses.
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