Surgical Services


Our surgical team is led by board-certified specialists who provide experience and expertise in a full range of elective and emergency procedures. We routinely perform emergency colic surgeries, arthroscopic surgery for joint injuries, upper airway procedures, and orthopedic surgery for fractures. Our surgeons are involved in the management of each case from the diagnostic stages, through surgery itself, and throughout the postoperative period. The veterinarians are assisted by a highly trained, experienced, competent, and compassionate support staff that consists of licensed veterinary technicians, graduate veterinary interns (new veterinarians in their first year of practice), senior veterinary students on external rotations, and attentive barn staff and veterinary assistants.

State of the art care depends not only on the skill and experience of the surgeons and support staff, but also on the quality of the facility and the equipment therein. Our surgical facility was designed with your horse’s comfort and safety in mind. Our custom-designed anesthesia induction and recovery stalls have non-slip rubber flooring, deeply padded walls, and the capability to provided assisted recovery from anesthesia using head and tail ropes in multiple configurations. The operating room is spacious and well lighted. It is also equipped with top-of-the-line surgical instrumentation and equipment.

We have full Storz® video-arthroscopy and video-laparoscopy set-ups, with the full array of instrumentation and other specialized accessories. Even the most complex orthopedic procedures can be handled, and our operating room has a complete ASIF-Synthes® orthopedic instrument and implant system for simple or complex fracture repair and arthrodesis procedures. Similarly, we have the full gamut of intestinal stapling devices and other instrumentation to allow our surgeons to perform the full array of intestinal procedures (“colic emergencies”). In addition, our Nd:YAG surgical laser enables us to carry out the complete spectrum of upper respiratory procedures for which this modality has become the standard of care. Our anesthetic equipment and our techniques for anesthetic management are also the best modern technology can offer. From our Mallard® anesthetic machine, to our Passport® digital monitoring device (ECG, arterial blood pressure, etc.) you can rest assured that your horse will get the utmost attention and care during this important phase.



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Office Hours

Ambulatory and hospital emergency service is provided 24 hours a day.

Rhinebeck Equine


8:00 am-5:00 pm


8:00 am-5:00 pm


8:00 am-5:00 pm


8:00 am-5:00 pm


8:00 am-5:00 pm






Read What Our Clients Say

  • "Dr. Sotela is fantastic and has always been incredibly kind and patient with my mare, Mira. In May, Mira had to have surgery at the clinic for a soft tissue sequestrum. Dr Gus and the staff were wonderful to deal with."
    Danielle Meenan Heaney
  • "We love Rhinebeck Equine and their vets and staff. They've been our equine vets for about 30 years and we love working with them."
    Thorunn Kristjansdottir
  • "Amazing facility with awesome staff. My friend had a horse who needed surgery and they were awesome the entire time. We hung out in their waiting room. Staff was friendly and talkative, and let us play with their dog. Dr. Gus is a great surgeon!"
    Hanna Gavel