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You Can Pay Online!

on Thursday, 03 March 2016. Posted in General, News, Blog

Just three easy steps to now pay your invoice online. Whether a client or practicum participant, you can make your payments conveniently from home or on the go. NOTE* This is explaining the process. The Pay Online Button is located on the homescreen; not in this blog article*

Click the PAY ONLINE button on the homepage located on the right of the screen (NOT IN THIS BLOG)

Enter Name & Account/Invoice Number - or for practicum participants, Practicum/ Name/Session Date

Enter the starred prompts for your credit card information and click submit! 


The PAY ONLINE button is located beneath the features and above the VetNotes buttons on the right of the screen. 

Hurricane Irma Statement From PSEH

Posted in Equine general medicine, General, Diagnostic Techniques, News, Blog, Equine ophthalmology


Dear Peterson & Smith Family and Friends,
As we prepare for Hurricane Irma, please keep safety in mind at all times. As always, our referral hospital will be staffed to function on an emergency basis. Please make every attempt to contact us at >>> 352-237-6151 before loading up and bringing your horse to the hospital. Also, do not try to trailer your horse under unsafe conditions.

Ambulatory services will be available as the situation permits. Safety is paramount, and we will not risk the safety of our staff and potentially add to the challenges faced by first responders in our community by sending our staff into harm’s way.

We urge you to prepare yourselves and your horses for the worst-case scenario. If evacuation is an option, please consider it. The Florida Department of Agriculture has temporarily suspended the interstate movement requirements for horses evacuating due to Irma.

When stocking up on supplies, remember to also stock up on any medications or medical supplies needed for your horses. Our office will be open until 12 pm Saturday, and we hope to reopen Tuesday morning.

As Floridians, we are accustomed to preparing for hurricanes on an almost yearly basis. We always hope that our preparation efforts are for naught. However, it is always prudent to wish for the best and prepare for the worst. If you have any medical concerns about preparing your horse to weather the storm, please contact your veterinarian.
We are here for you, and together we will stand through this time.



Current Employment Opportunities

on Friday, 21 July 2017. Posted in Events, General, News, Blog

Pharmacy Clerk

Fill medicine and supply orders for ambulatory doctors and clients. Replenish medicine and supplies for hospital areas such as surgery and barns. Receive incoming pharmaceutical supplies from vendors, UPS, FedEx, etc. to internal departments. Order and Distribute office supplies to employees and maintaining usage list for reorder. Candidate must have the ability to lift 50lbs. Full-time position with benefits. Competitive salary and benefits package included. Please send resume and cover letter to Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital, LLC, Attn: C. Ray, 4747 SW 60th Avenue Ocala, FL 34474

Surgery Scrub Technician

Equine Hospital needs of a full-time surgical scrub technician with experience in the equine industry and or an equine hospital. The surgical scrub technician will be required to rotate on-call for nights and weekends. Candidate must have the ability to lift 50lbs. Training provided with a competitive salary and benefits package. Please send resume and cover letter to Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital, LLC, Attn: C. Ray, 4747 SW 60th Avenue Ocala, FL 34474

Veterinarian (Equine Reproduction)

Applies knowledge of veterinarian and equine science to perform clinical, medical and surgical procedures involved in equine reproduction. Must have a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (or foreign equivalent). Must have one year’s experience with equine reproductive medicine, either as a veterinarian or veterinary intern. Must have passed the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE). Send resume to Peterson & Smith, Equine Hospital, LLC, Attn: C. Ray, 4747 SW 60th Ave, Ocala, FL 34474. 

 If you are interested in working for Peterson & Smith, feel free to email your resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Your resume will be kept on file for future employment opportunities. 


Did you know? The Precision Lameness Locator is Now Available!

Posted in Equine general medicine, General, Diagnostic Techniques, News, Blog


Precision Lameness Locator Now Available at Peterson & Smith

A veterinary diagnostic system measuring a horse’s movement expands to PSEH clinic.

The Equinosis Q with Lameness Locator® technology derived from motion algorithms led by Dr. Kevin Keegan, DVM, and Dr. Frank Pai. With a vision to create a non-invasive, quick and easy to handle solutions, Equinosis Q was developed. This technology already used around the world, Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital is proud to offer services that will aid lameness examination.


Vet Notes: Fungal Corneal Ulcers - A Case study

Posted in Equine general medicine, General, Diagnostic Techniques, News, Blog

drwaston ocular

10 year old, Haflinger, Mare 

Presented for squinting, excessive tearing and recent cloudiness of her right eye. 

Ophthalmic examination: Revealed eyelashes on the upper lid angled down, blepharospasm (closing of the eyelids), and corneal edema (cloudiness of the eye). Reflex tests revealed a positive menace. These include: vision test – a light perception test; palpebral - a sensory test, and pupillary light reflexes (PLR) - evaluating the retina, nerves and muscles. Positive results to these tests yield an improved prognosis.

Thoroughbred Sales Externship Opportunity

Posted in Equine general medicine, Events, General, News

The Peterson & Smith Thoroughbred Sales Externship is available for veterinary students nearing graduation.  The externship will focus directly on the practitioner’s role at a Thoroughbred Sale and the nuances of sales work.

Application deadlines are approximately 60 days prior to the first day of the sale. The applicant must expect to be graduating and NAVLE-eligible within 20 months of the first day of the sale. Those interested in the Ambulatory Internship are preferred.

This externship involves participation in acquisition and interpretation of digital radiography, video laryngoscopy, and musculoskeletal ultrasonography.  This is not a refresher course for the National Boards Exam.Professional conduct and appearance is required.  

Esophageal Obstruction (“Choke”) VetNotes

Posted in Equine general medicine, General, Diagnostic Techniques, Blog

Myhre VetNotes

Esophageal obstruction is when food (or bedding and other foreign material) are swallowed and get stuck in between the back of the mouth and the stomach. There are two tubes that lead out of the mouth, one for food (the esophagus) and one for air (the trachea). Most commonly this occurs at the beginning of the esophagus just behind the mouth, or just before the end of the neck. This can often be figured out just by watching your horse. Horses typically cough repeatedly and often retch, have food or saliva coming out of their nose, and frequently try to swallow. A veterinarian will attempt to pass a nasogastric tube into your horse’s nose and into their stomach. In many cases, the choke will have resolved before the veterinarian gets there, but in slightly more severe cases this will push the obstruction into the stomach and resolve the choke. In very severe cases the tube will not be able to pass beyond the obstruction. Further confirmation can be achieved using a camera to actually see the obstruction, but this depends on the situation. 

Taking A Closer Look at: Condylar Fractures in Horses

Posted in Equine general medicine, Events, General, Diagnostic Techniques, Blog

sport horse
Audio Transcription from The Horse Talk Show on March 18th, 2017
 Featuring: Tim M. Lynch, DVM, Diplomate, ACVS, ACVSMR

Lou Barton: There’s a topic that’s on everyone’s mind:  Mastery, of course, one of the favorites on the derby trail, a possible contender. Certainly, Jimmy Barnes, assistant to Bob Baffert, said he was a horse to watch. We met him at the Breeder's Cup Classic last year. Lovely horse. Sadly, he had to have surgery this past Monday for a Condylar Fracture. When Jimmy texted me he said he was absolutely gutted...he didn't see it coming. I don’t think you can really see those things coming, and I know Jimmy, being the horseman that he is, if there were any signs he certainly would have noticed. So, Dr. Lynch, tell us what a condylar fracture is.

Sport Horse Injuries Talk with Dr. Meeks

Posted in Equine general medicine, General, Blog

Audio Transcription from January 21st, 2017 on the Horse Talk Show
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Lou Barton: We see a lot of horses competing at the highest levels such as the Nation’s Cup and the $1 Million Grand Prix, and I’m sure there are a lot of ongoing issues and concerns with injuries in these horses. So, could you start off by talking to us about the most common sports injury that you see?
Dr. Meeks: There are a wide variety of injuries that I see and it depends on the horse. In the HITs horse’s the jumpers, you see a lot of suspensory injuries that are common. Usually, the front end of the horse is affected, but we do see some hind injuries. We see horses going at high speeds, going over jumps, you tend to come down with a lot of force and put weight on their front that’s probably one of the most common injuries that I see. But we also see a lot of bone bruising, also you have the various flexor tendon injuries, muscle soreness that goes along day in and day out training. These horses are in training and have a training regiment and they do what they're supposed to do, but it does put a lot of stress on the horse. So there’s a lot going on at the same time. 

3 Breeding Options That Are Proven To Foal Your Mare

Posted in Equine general medicine, General, Diagnostic Techniques, Blog


Vet Segment from The Horse Talk Show

Audio Transcription from January 7, 2017- Dr. Phil Matthews

Lengthening the Day

I always try to simplify things for my clients and in my mind, so I put all mares in 3 categories:

1)    Maiden Mare (never had a foal)

2)    Barren Mare (not pregnant but has had a foal)

3)    Foaling Mare (who is in foal)

For our discussion today, we will leave out in Foal Mare; the other two categories are the Maiden and Barren Mare. But I think what people need to think about if they are novices in the breeding world, is that the mare is a seasonal breeder. About 80-90% stop cycling during the winter months, and that’s a function of the daylight (photoperiod) when the days become short. This triggers a hormone in the brain and the brain shuts their ovaries down. If we want to breed our mares in February and early March, we have to trick them and have to get them to think that daylight is getting longer by using artificial lights. That’s an important component in trying to get early foals.


Immediate Openings for 2017-2018 Internships

Posted in Equine general medicine, General, Blog


Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital has openings for yearlong internships (Ambulatory, Hospital and Reproduction), starting this June and July 2017. We are located in the “Heart of Florida” and in “Horse Country”, with ample opportunity for different experiences.

Equine Veterinary Hospital Internships-- June 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018

We are seeking two interns to fill roles in a large equine referral hospital. Clinical exposure will include rotations through Medicine, Surgery, and Sports Medicine specialty services.  The successful candidate will assist in case management and procedures typical for a high volume equine referral hospital during the busy breeding season.  Emergency call and overnight duties will also be expected on a shared, rotating basis.  


Nathan R. Mitts, D.V.M and Ryan Meeks, D.V.M Appointed New Partners of Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital

Posted in Equine general medicine, General, Diagnostic Techniques, Blog, Equine ophthalmology

Ocala, Florida- January 9, 2017 – Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital has announced the appointment of Nathan R. Mitts, D.V.M and K. Ryan Meeks, D.V.M as their new partners. 

Nathan R. Mitts, D.V.M has also been part of the Peterson & Smith team for 14 years. He started his ambulatory internship at Peterson & Smith before being promoted as an associate of Peterson & Smith and practices general ambulatory.

Mitts graduated from the University Of Missouri College Of Veterinary in 2002, and the interaction between equine and human athletes, as well as the complexity and vast variability of the equine industry in Florida proved to be an irresistible draw. 

Dr. Timothy Lynch Joins New Clinical Veterinary Advisory Board

Posted in Equine general medicine, General, News, Blog

Dr. Timothy Lynch Joins New Clinical Veterinary Advisory Board

OCALA, Florida- December, 30, 2016- Dr. Timothy Lynch, ACVSMR has been elected to Morris Animal Foundation’s first Clinical Veterinary Advisory Board. This board will support the Foundation as practicing clinicians focusing on research, and providing a well-rounded scope of the tools needed to continue development in veterinary medicine. Morris Animal Foundation was founded in 1948, and since then it has invested more than $103 million towards 2,500 studies that have impacted animals and veterinary medicine on global level.


Dr. Lynch graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1991, completed an internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, Lexington, Kentucky 1991-1992; proceeding with a surgical residency at Michigan State University 1992-1995, then becoming Staff Surgeon at Equine Specialty Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio 1995-2000. Lynch completed his board certification by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1999. In 2002, Lynch joined Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital to head the Sports Medicine Program and became a partner in 2007.

Dr. Lynch’s clinical interests include lameness, scintigraphy, and performance profiling and gastrointestinal surgery. With much advancement ahead, Lynch is looking forward to the opportunity to voice current and upcoming knowledge in the area of surgery and sports medicine.


Morris Animal Foundation. (2016) Foundation Announces New Clinical Veterinary Advisory Board [Press release].

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MVMA Information for Animal Owners

on Tuesday, 21 June 2016. Posted in Equine general medicine, General, News, Blog

MVMA Information for Animal Owners

There comes a time for every pet owner to say good-bye to their beloved animal. The Marion Veterinary Medical Association has some guidelines to follow to ensure you are burying and disposing of an animal the proper way to protect wildlife. 



AAEP Winners

on Tuesday, 29 December 2015. Posted in Events, General, News, Blog

AAEP Winners

Thank you, everyone, so much for coming to see us at the AAEP avenues and our alumni reception.  We had a really great turn out.  We finally got around to drawing the names for the lotteries for the free airfare and the practicum registration.

The winners are:

Free Air fare:  Erin from the University of Minnesota

Practicum Registration:  Rebecca from Cornell 


We look forward to seeing everyone at next year's  Alumni Reception at AAEP. 


Have You Heard About Equilume?

on Tuesday, 24 November 2015. Posted in Equine general medicine, General, Diagnostic Techniques, News, Blog, Equine ophthalmology

Have You Heard About Equilume?

We'll be using and selling these during breeding season. Call the Equine Reproduction Center for more information. 352-307-3000 or 352-237-6151


Read a few articles on Equilume Blue Light from our partners at Select Breeders Services


View the video describing the benefits and testimonies of Equilume Masks

Congratulations, AAEVT!

on Monday, 13 October 2014. Posted in General

Congratulations, AAEVT!

The American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians and Assistants is celebrating their 10th Anniversary.

We are so proud to have been an integral part of this association and have watched it grow over the past decade.



Featured Patient: GG Valentine

on Wednesday, 20 February 2013. Posted in General, News

Featured Patient: GG Valentine

Since the beginning of our practice in 1981, we've seen some incredible patients. A few years ago, we were privileged enough to breed one of the nation's best hunters, GG Valentine. We knew we wanted to tell her story, but her owner, Barbara Kearney, tells it best.


Endoscopy Wet Lab

on Tuesday, 18 December 2012. Posted in General

Endoscopy Wet Lab

Last week, our interns visited our Equine Reproduction Center to learn and practice endoscopies in a wet lab! One of our interns, Dr. Rebecca Rodvold, tells us more about scoping, and their experience at the wet lab.

“The main reason horses get scoped is for screening at sales- we’ll scope racehorses that either make a noise while running, or don’t perform as well as expected; sometimes they have nasal discharge. There are several different upper respiratory diseases that can only be definitively diagnosed with a scope.

Blood Donors: Worth More Than Your Average Horse Posted on August 8, 2012

on Tuesday, 07 August 2012. Posted in General

Blood Donors: Worth More Than Your Average Horse Posted on August 8, 2012

For the past 14 years, a solid Belgian Draft mare has held an unwavering presence at Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital. Many visitors have seen her out in the field everyday, lazily grazing, but some clients know just how important a role this horse has played at our hospital.

And They’re Back!

on Tuesday, 31 July 2012. Posted in General

And They’re Back!

Many of the Peterson & Smith staff members have taken trips this summer, but with  fall quickly approaching (can you believe it’s August already?) everyone is back at work! We missed everyone while they were gone and now we’d like to share some of the awesome photos they’ve shared with us from their trips!

Vet Notes: Equine Eye Injuries

on Wednesday, 25 July 2012. Posted in General

Peterson & Smith sends out Vet Notes each month (unless things get crazy…which they sometimes do!) with our statements for clients. Not a client, but still interested? Don’t have a statement this month? Have no fear! Here are our latest notes, from Dr. Jennifer Madera on Eye Injuries in the horse.  For more information on the topic, you can see our Evening Lecture Series post, where we cover Dr. Noelle McNabb’s ocular trauma presentation. Also, we have TONS of vet notes from the past on our website.

Perks of the Pharmacy!

on Sunday, 22 July 2012. Posted in General

Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital and its clients get a “one-stop” shopping experience with our on-site pharmacy!

Meet Natasha McDonald, our pharmacy manger- and read about the convenient benefits our pharmacy offers to our clients!

Tour the ERC

on Monday, 16 July 2012. Posted in General

Last week we shot a video tour at the Peterson and Smith Equine Reproduction Center- and it’s finally ready for you! We’ve shown you a glimpse of The ERC before, and we’ve also told you about our affiliation with Select Breeders Services, but now you can get a good look at what the 94 acre property actually looks like!

Vets at the Fasig Tipton July Sale

on Wednesday, 11 July 2012. Posted in General

Earlier this week, two of our dedicated PSEH vets, Dr. Mitts and Dr. Riggs, took the trip to Kentucky to help their clients at the Fasig Tipton July Selected Yearling Sale. I spoke to Dr. Mitts on the phone while he was there, and he shared updates about the whole process!

Although our vets went up to primarily help their clients, they made time to help out the familiar faces they saw up there. Everyone was glad the triple digit heat wave broke in time for the sales, however, the water went out on Monday- so water was hauled and stored all day to keep the horses cool and hydrated. Our vets spent the days performing mostly physical exams to make sure their clients’ horses were in top condition for the sales.

The Villages Welcomes an Emergency Clinic for Small Animals at Buffalo Ridge!

on Tuesday, 10 July 2012. Posted in General

The Villages Welcomes an Emergency Clinic for Small Animals at Buffalo Ridge!

Residents of The Villages in Sumter County, Florida, and their pets, were celebrating this past weekend!

As some of you may know, Peterson & Smith  has a sister hospital for small animals in The Villages. Buffalo Ridge Animal Hospital is now pleased to announce their 24/7 EMERGENCY clinic is open- the only one in the county! The ribbon cutting and grand opening was this Saturday- it was open to the public and pets, and everyone had a blast! There were  vet meet and greets, tours, food and prizes!

Meet the 2012-2013 Hospital Interns

on Monday, 02 July 2012. Posted in General

Meet the 2012-2013 Hospital Interns

Every year at Peterson and Smith Equine Hospital, we welcome new interns to the clinic! Here’s a little bit about what our hospital interns do!

“The hospital internship involves the intern with medicine, surgery, sports medicine and outpatient cases. They are involved in all aspects of patient management. As opposed to some internship programs we do not bring in our interns to be anesthetists or technicians, but rather as veterinarians. As such, their veterinary skills and knowledge, capacity for client interaction and work ethic will be called upon. The hospital internship provides an excellent basis in all aspects of referral cases and is ideal for the new graduate who is considering a residency program in the future.All interns are required to attend a series of practice short courses during their internship at Peterson & Smith. These courses include topics such as: endoscopy, shock wave therapy, reproduction, pediatrics, and nerve blocks.”

Can you guess what this is?

on Sunday, 01 July 2012. Posted in General

Can you guess what this is?

We’ll have the answer for you later this week!

PSEH Staff in the Community

on Tuesday, 26 June 2012. Posted in General

PSEH Staff in the Community

Today, Horse Shows in the Park started setting up for their first show at Longwood Farm South this weekend.  PSEH has been a supporter of Horse Shows in the Park for years, providing veterinary help when needed and we even have our own jump!

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