Equine Field Service
The Purdue University Equine Field Service provides veterinary care to equine owners in Tippecanoe County and surrounding areas.
The Purdue University Veterinary Hospital Equine Field Service (EFS) provides on-farm primary care and 24/7 emergency care for established clients/patients residing in Tippecanoe county and surrounding areas. To become established as an EFS client or to schedule a non-emergency appointment, please call us at 765-494-9014. Our phones are answered between 8 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday. If you reach our voicemail, please leave a message with your name, phone number, and what type of visit you are requesting (ex. vaccines, dental care, other health problem). You do not need a referral to schedule an appointment with EFS.
If you have an equine emergency at any time AND you are an established (current) client, please call 765-494-8548, extension 1, and you will be connected via a receptionist to the veterinarian on-call. If you are NOT an established and current client (routine veterinary care has been performed by EFS on your horse(s) within the past 18 months), you will need to call your regular veterinarian for a farm visit or bring your horse into the Purdue University Equine Animal Hospital for medical attention. The in-house clinician on call can be reached at 765-494-8548 extension 1.
If you have questions regarding cost, length of time to allow for your appointment, or how to adequately prepare your horse for the appointment, please ask our receptionist when making the appointment.
EFS requires that the owner or an authorized agent for the owner will be present with the horse for the scheduled appointment unless otherwise arranged in advance. It is possible that a horse may not be able to be evaluated or treated on-farm if the facility, weather, or horse's disposition or medical condition precludes the ability to safely and properly evaluate/treat the patient on-farm; however, this is left to the discretion of the attending veterinarian. Safety for the patient and all persons involved is of the utmost importance to the Equine Field Service.
When the Equine Field Service veterinary care team arrives, we will arrive in a large pick-up truck and always appreciate being able to pull into an easily accessible area near the patient. There are many members of the veterinary care team which will include a specialty board-certified equine veterinarian and may also include a registered veterinary nurses / technicians, veterinary students in their final clinical year, and/or a veterinary nursing student. Occasionally the field service care team also includes a equine veterinary intern or a equine medicine or surgery resident all of which are veterinarians who are in programs to receive advanced specialty training.
All members of the care team are dedicated to top notch patient care, and client education and communication. During your horse's appointment you should expect to communicate with the veterinary student(s) and nurse(s) as well as the senior veterinary clinician. Client communication, history taking, and physical exam skills are all integral parts of training for our veterinary students.
We make every attempt to evaluate, treat, and provide a care plan in a timely manner. Please be aware that if an emergency case presents prior to your scheduled appointment time, we may have to postpone or reschedule your appointment so that emergency care can be provided. We appreciate your understanding.
The Purdue University Veterinary Hospital and its field services are not funded to provide low cost or free veterinary care. The hospital is self-supporting. The fees charged for veterinary care must cover the costs to run our hospital and field services. On-site visits include mileage fees in addition to any examination and treatment costs.
The field service accepts payment by cash, check, Master Card, Visa, and Discover cards. CareCredit, through GE Money Bank, is also available to clients that qualify.
On-site visits are often billed after the appointment, however payment at the time of service is appreciated and is required for first visits with new clients. We accept checks, exact cash, and our ambulatory trucks are equipped with the ability to accept credit cards. Sometimes not all charges are known at the conclusion of the appointment due to lab work that may be submitted or costs of medications that are unknown in the field. The hospital will call all owners who have late appearing charges added to their bill to make them aware of those charges and to collect payment.
If you have any questions on payments or applying for CareCredit, feel free to contact our Billing Office at 765-494-8783.
If you have an equine emergency at any time, please call 765-494-8548 extension 1, and you will be connected via a receptionist to the veterinarian on call.
There is an additional fee for emergencies which varies based on whether the emergency is attended during normal business hours or after hours.
Equine Field Service veterinarians will make every effort to arrive to your horse as quickly and safely as possible, but please understand that our travel radius can be quite wide and it may take time to arrive at your farm if we are on the opposite end of the radius at the time of your emergency.
As a client of the Purdue University Veterinary Hospital, you have certain rights and responsibilities.Your Rights include:
Veterinary Faculty Member and Clinician
The veterinary faculty member is the senior clinician supervising the clinical service. This is a graduate of a veterinary college, has completed a residency or additional training in their particular area of interest, has completed all requirements and is certified as a specialist or is working towards that goal. The role of the senior clinician is to supervise the residents, interns, veterinary nurses, and students, and this clinician makes the ultimate decisions about your horse's tests, treatments, and discharge plans.
The veterinary resident is a graduate of a veterinary college, has completed an internship or been in private practice, and is now in an advanced training program focused on becoming a specialist in a particular area of interest. This may be the first doctor to see your horse and coordinate care, and is supervised by a faculty clinician.
The veterinary intern is a graduate of a veterinary college and is now engaged in an advanced training program focused on medical and surgical care of patients. This may be the first doctor to see your horse, and is supervised by a resident, emergency clinician, and/or a faculty clinician.
Registered Veterinary Nurse / Technician
The registered veterinary nurse / technician (RVT) is a graduate of a veterinary nursing or technology program and is credentialed by the State of Indiana as a Registered Veterinary Technician. The technician participates in every phase of patient care; or diagnostic testing under the supervision of the veterinarian, and may have extra training and/or certification in particular specialties. This role works closely with all members of the team to provide attentive, quality patient care.
Veterinary Medical Student
The veterinary medical student is in their fourth and final year of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program, and is often the first person to see your horse. The veterinary medical student works under close supervision by faculty clinicians, residents, interns, emergency veterinarians, and registered veterinary nurse / technicians.
Veterinary Nursing Student
The veterinary nursing student is studying to become a registered veterinary nurse / technician. This role assists in the treatment of your horse under the supervision of doctors and registered veterinary nurse / technicians. The Equine Fiels Service has fully equipped veterinary trucks to serve horses at your location.