Exterior of hospital for Farm Animals

Hospital for Farm Animals


24 hours / 7 days a week

365 days a year

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601 Vernon L. Tharp St

Columbus, OH 43210

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Comprehensive care for all farm animals.

Our Hospital for Farm Animals' team, within the Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, provides compassionate and specialized care for sick or injured farm animals (food and fiber). Whether your animals require urgent attention or routine care, our highly-skilled team of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, students, and assistants, are committed to providing unparalleled veterinary support within our state-of-the-art facility, equipped with 24/7 emergency services and an intensive care unit. As one of just a handful of farm hospitals across the country comprised of expert surgeons and internists exclusively focused on the well-being of cattle, sheep, goats, camelids (alpacas and llamas), and pigs, you can trust us to be there for your animals, with round-the-clock care, 365 days a year.

Students with farm animal

Farm animal service highlights

The following is a list of services available through the Hospital for Farm Animals. To learn more about each service, click here

  • Routine farm animal services


  • Medicine services

  • Surgery services

  • Neonatal care

  • Critical and emergency services

  • Reproductive care

  • Diagnostic services

  • Specialized equipment and technology 


We invite you to view a brief video to get an idea of what to expect from your visit to our Hospital for Farm Animals.

Your Visit

Before we welcome you and your animal to our Hospital for Farm Animals for the first time, we wanted to provide information, from scheduling through the time of discharge from our hospital, to give you a full overview of what you can expect from your visit.

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You do not need a referral to schedule appointments with our in-hospital specialty services. Our customer service team members will assist you and gather all necessary information. If your personal veterinarian should be the one to call to schedule the appointment for you, we will obtain as much information about your animal from them and call you if additional information is needed.

Please bring a list of the animal’s drugs, dosage amount, how long the animal has been taking the medications, information about prior surgeries or other treatments, and be able to explain the symptoms you have experienced that are the reason for your appointment. If transportation personnel (hauler/trucker) will be delivering your animal, please provide him/her with the necessary information and your personal phone number so it can be provided at the time of registration.

The entrance to the Hospital for Farm Animals is in the center of the Veterinary Medical Center complex between the Hospital for Companion Animals and the Galbreath Equine Center. Please DO NOT unload your animal until you have checked in to the Large Animal Reception office. When checking in, you will need a government issued photo ID, sign the registration form, and provide further clarification about your animal’s situation. If a hauler/trucker brings your animal in, they will need to sign the registration form as your agent. After unloading your animal, you/your agent will be directed to where to park your vehicle.

As an academic teaching facility and due to the nature of specialty services, wait times may be slightly longer than at other veterinary care facilities. To provide the most comprehensive assessment, your animal may be examined by multiple professionals. After an initial evaluation, a plan will be presented to you by the lead clinician on the case, explaining recommended diagnostic testing and/ treatment options, and cost estimates before moving forward with care. Once the care plan is agreed upon, you or your agent will sign the estimate form. If your animal is being cared for on an outpatient basis, a team member will escort you or your agent to a lobby area or your/their vehicle to wait, if desired. If your animal is admitted, a team member will escort you or your agent to the Large Animal Reception office for the initial payment deposit, which is equal to 75% of the high end of the signed estimate, before we continue with your animal’s care.

When your animal is ready to be discharged, you or your agent will be notified by a team member. If your animal was seen as an outpatient, you or your agent will be asked to pay for all services rendered at the time of discharge. If your animal was hospitalized, any balance due from the initial estimate will be collected from you or your agent at discharge. Payments may be made by cash, check or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Discover). We also accept Care Credit. A link to the application is provided in the Additional Resources (live link jump to Additional Resources below) section below. 

Whether your animal’s visit was inpatient or outpatient, a clinical team member who cared for your animal, will meet with you/your agent to discuss the details of the visit, answer questions and review discharge and after-care instructions before your animal is returned to you/your transport personnel. Team members are available to assist with loading your animal onto the trailer.

What to Expect Upon Arrival

Please DO NOT unload your animal until you have checked in. A staff member(s) will assist you with the unloading process.

The entrance to the Hospital for Farm Animals is located in the center of the Veterinary Medical Center complex between the Hospital for Companion Animals and the Galbreath Equine Center. Trucks and trailers please enter through the gates off Vernon L. Tharp Street and proceed to the garage door labeled overhead with The Hospital for Farm Animals. Enter through the visitor door and register in the office (Note: after-hours, please register at the Hospital for Companion Animals reception desk next door). Following unloading of your animal(s), you will be directed to park your vehicle in a designated area.  


Goats in the hospital for farm animals