Equine Hospital


To provide an exceptional facility for the use of accredited veterinarians, enabling them to provide high-quality veterinary care for the health and welfare of the community horse population and to provide a resource for education of the public and equine professionals in matters of the health and welfare of horses.

Services and Facilities

The Equine Hospital at Helen Woodward Animal Center grants privileges to many large animal veterinarians in San Diego County. Most of our patients are either race or show horses, but we also treat horses that live in backyards and do nothing but return the love that their owner gives. The  Center is equipped to perform a wide variety of medical procedures and services and has state of the art facilities and equipment to ensure the best possible care is available to our equine community.


Colic surgery
Enterolith removal
Dental repair
Fracture surgery
Wellness exams
24 hour nursing care
Emergency care


Three-meter video endoscopy system
1200 MA X-ray unit with complete musculo-skeletal radiographic capabilities
Surgical suite
Overhead sling support
15 onsite stalls
Recovery pool with sling support

Sunny and Angel

On March 28, 2010 the Helen Woodward Animal Center welcomed a unique phenomenon to the Equine Hospital, twin foals!  The birth of twins is extremely rare in the equine world; Survival rates of a mare and both foals during birth is about 1 in 10,000.  Furthermore, there is a 1 in 15,000 chance both twins will survive their first two weeks.  Thanks to the dedicated Equine Hospital Staff, the mare (Lena) and her two foals (Sunny and Angel) received 24/7 state of the art care, and all three managed to beat the odds!  Read more about Sunny and Angel and see what they are up to today!


Monday-Sunday: 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Equine and Outreach Services Director Christen Hanley

P.O. Box 64
6523 Helen Woodward Way
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

(858) 756-4117 ext. 4 Emergency phone: (858) 756-4117 ext. 8

Due to Hurricane Hilary, all  departments will be closing at 3pm today.  Stay safe!