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Neonatal Intensive Care

The Equine Medical Center's Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is available 24/7, 365 days a year, to handle the most-challenging critical needs of mares and neonatal foals. Our intensive care team uses state-of-the-art equipment to monitor vital signs; and for treatment requiring the separation of a compromised foal and its mare, a foal box ensures the safe handling and care of the foal, while allowing the mare to maintain close physical proximity.

Within their first days and weeks of life, foals are susceptible to a variety of illnesses, including birth-associated oxygen deprivation, bacterial septicemia, developmental problems, and prematurity. With expert care and treatment, compromised foals can survive, develop, and thrive without lasting effects.

Our board-certified internal medicine and surgery experts are well-equipped to handle complex dystocia cases, as well as challenges faced by compromised neonates. Licensed technicians, an on-site clinical diagnostic laboratory, specialized early care, and around-the-clock monitoring give your foal the best chance of survival with fewer complications.

Appointments and referrals:

To schedule an appointment, refer a patient, or inquire about our clinical services, please call 703-771-6800 or email

Foal box at Equine Medical Center