Generous donation allows equine service to renovate horse surgery recovery stalls

 The Equine Health Studies Program and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is currently renovating and updating their horse surgery recovery stalls. This renovation begun in the early summer months and is expected to be completed by November 1, 2017. The equine recovery stalls were installed during the original construction of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in the early 1970’s and although innovative and functional at that time, those stalls were in need of renovation. 



Recovery stall 1   Recovery stall 2 Recovery stall 3
Figure 1   Figure 2 Figure 3


The new renovated surgery recovery stalls are state-of-the-art and will modernize the process by which horses are anesthetized, moved into the surgery room and recovered. The surgery recovery stalls will be fitted with new antimicrobial resistant sealed non-slip padding on the floor and walls and will ensure a safe and secure recovery of horse patients undergoing surgery and other procedures requiring anesthesia (Figure 1). 


A new 4,000-pound capacity monorail system will be installed in each recovery stall that seamlessly connects the surgery suite with the recovery stall and provides a smooth ride for the horse, once anesthetized (Figure 2). 


In addition, the recovery stalls will be fitted with new doors, three large windows and an exit door that will allow the clinicians, technicans and student the ability to  continuously monitor the patient while the animal is undergoing a “rope-assisted” recovery (Figure 3). 


The anticipated completion date of the project is November 1, 2017 and was provided by a generous donation from the Pfeiffer-Burt Estate.  Ms. Pfeiffer-Burt was a friend of the LSU Veterinary School and the Equine Health Studies Program and is also the person the technologically advanced lameness pavilion was named after. 


“Through this generous donation we will have a state-of-the-art modern, safe and biosecure area to anesthetize and recover horses before and after surgery.  In addition, we want to thank Ms. Pfeiffer-Burt for her commitment to LSU’s School of Veterinary Medicine.,” says Frank M. Andrews, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Internal Medicine), professor of equine medicine in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, LVMA Equine Committee Professor and Director of the Equine Health Studies Program.


For more information about the recovery stalls, please contact Julie Thomas, public relations coordinator, at 225-578-0110 or


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