Leatherdale Equine Center

Leatherdale Equine Center building. Cream colored stucco building with maroon roof


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

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

What we do

We provide clinical services for horses, cutting-edge research, equine veterinary education, and classes and community events. Each year, our clinics, research, and outreach programs are proud to help more than 1,000 horses. Our world-class facilities host a range of events and are available for rental.

Equine clinical services


Stephanie Valberg

‘A guiding light’

Former CVM faculty member Dr. Stephanie Valberg honored with ACVIM Lifetime Achievement Award in the Large Animal Internal Medicine Specialty

Garth the corgi

Always there to help

Longtime VMC client recalls years of compassionate care and specialty services that have saved her animals time and time again

World-class facility

aerial view of the Leatherdale Equine Center

In 2007, with a generous leadership gift from Doug and Louise Leatherdale, we brought together many of the University of Minnesota’s equine programs under one roof. Since then, we’ve seen strong growth and improvements and are excited about what’s ahead.

The recent installation of a standing MRI and a standing CT, together with diagnostic modalities and clinicians already in place give us unsurpassed capabilities for your horse’s diagnostic needs.

These new facilities strengthen our position as the top equine veterinary hospitals in the Midwest. Please check back on our website for updates and special happenings at the Leatherdale Equine Center.

Philanthropic support gives Leatherdale Equine Center new standing CT and NICU

With the equine standing computed tomography (CT), CVM veterinarians can quickly identify injuries to the head, neck, and legs without putting their patients through the stress of anesthesia.

And, the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) allows CVM veterinarians to better offer around-the-clock care to sick and injured newborn foals.

Equine reflection garden has stones and plants and decorations for remembering beloved horses

Remember your horse by placing a brick in the Reflection Garden

You can purchase a memorial brick to place in the Reflection Garden located near the main entrance of the Leatherdale Equine Center on the St. Paul Campus. It is a special place to celebrate and honor the life of your horse.

“Having a place such as the Reflection Memorial Garden has not only given me a place to honor my horse, but has helped in the healing process of grief.”
Kim Adams-Kang