The North Carolina State University Veterinary School has offered to do a complex castration for our mini horse, Cooper. He is a cryptorchid stallion which means one testicle did not descend properly and is stuck on the other side of his abdominal muscles. This will be a teaching clinic surgery for the more advanced veterinary students and as with all surgeries there is risk involved. This surgery will be closely supervised and assisted by Dr. Callie Fogle, DMV, DACVS. This will take place March 10th at the vet school’s main facility. After the surgery, Cooper will be recovering at Gwen’s home so he can be closely watched and recuperate without the stresses of the other horses in close proximity. It can take up to 6 months for the male hormone to be gone from his system and for his stallion behavior to disappear.
This donated service saves our organization $1,500 – $2,000 on this type of surgery. It is necessary and potentially life changing for Cooper, and we cannot express enough gratitude to NCSU Vet School for this generous contribution.
We are grateful for the partnership that NCSU Vet School has formed with HfH. They have been performing all our standard castrations for years now – free of charge, but this is especially above-and-beyond standard. Please keep him and the staff/students at NCSU in your prayers for a successful surgery without complications.