About Us

The Leatherdale Equine Center is located on the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus. It is home to the Piper Equine Hospital, Barenscheer Arena, and the Nutrena Conference Center. 

This world-class facility is a part of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

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What we do

Each year, our hospital, research, and outreach programs are proud to help more than 1,000 horses. 

The Leatherdale Equine Center provides:

  • clinical services for horses
  • cutting-edge research
  • equine veterinary education
  • classes and community events. 

Clinical services

The Leatherdale Equine Center and its Piper Equine Hospital, along with the West Metro Equine Practice, serve the community by advancing the health, well-being, and performance of horses.

Our specialties

Our specialties include internal medicine, reproduction, surgery, lameness, ophthalmology, dermatology, dentistry, and imaging.

Horses are treated at the Equine Center’s Piper Hospital by world-class board-certified clinicians who have been trained to diagnose and treat a broad spectrum of equine disease.

Horse undergoing anesthesia at Piper ClinicHorse undergoing anesthesia at Piper Equine Hospital 

On the road, the West Metro Equine Practice provides on-site equine veterinary care at barns and farms.

West Metro Equine Practice team on the roadA team from the West Metro Equine Practice helps a horse at a Minnesota farm.

Watch us in action

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Leatherdale Equine Center through videos produced by the College of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Medical Center, and Academic Health Center at the University of Minnesota.

Check out the Veterinary Medical Center's YouTube channel

Rare birth of twin foals at University of Minnesota Vet Center

Equine Center Raises Bar in Horse Medicine

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