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Colic and Critical Care

Rainbow Equine Hospital are uniquely equipped for colic and critical care cases.

With over 300 Colic referrals each year, colics comprise a major part of the hospital caseload. Management of colic and critical care cases is a team effort and with large numbers of cases coming through we have in place a very experienced and caring team on site 24/7, 365 days per year. Our two internal medicine specialists (ECEIM & ACVIM) are uniquely equipped in the North East to care for colics, sick-foals and other cases that necessitate intensive nursing and veterinary care.

A team of vets who live onsite, dedicated surgical and medical specialist vet and nursing support, one to one nursing, camera surveillance monitoring in all boxes, a plasma and blood bank on site, oxygen support on site, on site 24/7 laboratory mean we can provide the best round the clock care that should be given to a sick horse.

Two new surgery suites mean there is a dedicated emergency theatre that allows colic surgery to be performed whilst simultaneously continuing with the busy elective surgery caseload.

Colic admission information

Intensive Care Unit

Keeping a close eye on progress

Dedicated ICU boxes with camera surveillance

Dedicated ICU nurse and veterinary monitoring each ICU case

Intensive monitoring 24 hours a day 7 days a week

24/7 on site full service laboratory support.


3 dedicated isolation boxes for horses with potential infectious conditions

Camera surviellance

Dedicated nurse and vet monitoring each case 24/7

Infectious disease specialists monitoring the care of each patient


4 neonatal ICU boxes next to mare stalls so mare & foal are never separated

One-one nursing care with dedicated neonatal specialist team

Automated pumps to ensure accuracy of fluid and drug administration

Enabling close monitoring of sick foals