CSU Vets, Students Helping Horses Affected by Colo. Wildfire

CSU staff and students have examined and/or treated about 150 horses displaced by the wildfire so far.
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Staff and students from Colorado State University’s (CSU) Veterinary Teaching Hospital are working to care for animals evacuated due to the High Park wildfire ravaging Larimer County, Colo. According to a June 14 report from the Denver Post the wildfire has now burned more than 49,700 acres and is currently 10% contained.

According to a CSU press release, veterinarians and students have been tending to evacuated large animals at The Ranch, in Loveland, Colo., the designated evacuation area for large animals displaced by the fire. Care is being provided free of charge, the release said.

Brian Miller, DVM, director of Equine Field Services at CSU; Brittney Bell, DVM; Kim Ellis, CVT, CSU’s head equine nurse; and CSU veterinary students have examined and/or treated about 150 horses, among other animals, including alpacas, llamas, donkeys, sheep, goats, and calves, since beginning work at The Ranch.

"We’re doing physical exams, health checks, and treating anything we’ve seen that needed attention," Miller said in the release. "At this point, just some minor smoke inhalation and dehydration from lack of water, some abrasions, and a few cuts

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Erica Larson, former news editor for The Horse, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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