IT IS VERY IMPORTANT that the on-call doctor is contacted BEFORE SHIPPING THE HORSE.

There is always a doctor on call and your emergency call should be returned within 10 minutes. However, the emergency doctor is not always at the hospital, or may be unavailable if in emergency surgery.

Our emergency and critical care service provides medical and surgical treatment to severely injured or ill horses 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

We work closely with local veterinarians in the area to make sure your horse gets the best care possible before, during and after hospitalization. We also have patient support with our own on-site laboratory for blood and fluid analysis.

Call 352-237-6151

*If you have an emergency, contact your veterinarian immediately. They can determine if your horse needs an immediate referral to the hospital. It is very important that our on-call doctor is contacted before a horse is shipped to the hospital.


  1. An estimate of charges needs to be provided including the required deposit. Unprepared clients with uninformed expectations are often upset with their referring veterinarians and sometimes make an unnecessary trip.
  2. In rare instance we will be unable to accept new cases immediately, and it is best that the emergency be either stabilized further at the farm prior to shipping or shipped to another referral facility.


In the event of an emergency, we always have an on-call veterinarian available to determine if the horse needs immediate referral to our hospital. Some emergencies need to be stabilized at the farm prior to transporting the horse to the hospital, so we ask that you please call our emergency number PRIOR to transporting your horse: 352.237.6151. If we do not answer, please press 1.

We offer the most advanced medical and surgical treatment to stabilize your horse and diagnose its condition.

Our veterinary team provides expertise in anesthesiology, cardiology, radiology, internal medicine, surgery, neurosurgery, ophthalmology and dentistry to ensure your horse receives the most comprehensive care available. Advanced treatment techniques include:

  • Gastrointestinal surgery, including management of intestinal strangulation, displacement, impaction and other types of colic
  • Wound repair and management, including wounds involving synovial structures (i.e. joints, tendon sheaths, bursa) and tendons
  • Musculoskeletal problems including trauma, fractures, infection and laminitis
  • Fracture repair of all types including long bones, the skull and the spine
  • Reproductive emergencies including dystocia, cesarean section and fetotomy
  • Colitis, enteritis and other intestinal diseases
  • Pneumonia, pleuropneumonia and other thoracic or abdominal disease
  • Shock treatment secondary to severe disease, endotoxemia, hemorrhage and fluid loss
  • Management of foal diseases including sepsis, failure of passive transfer, wounds and colic
  • Ophthalmology emergencies such as corneal or eyelid laceration, corneal ulceration, glaucoma, uveitis, rupture and other trauma
  • Cardiovascular problems including arrhythmias, heart murmurs and heart failure
  • Management of toxin ingestion or exposure such as toxic plants and snake bite
Peterson Smith Equine Hospital
4747 SW 60th Ave, Ocala, FL 34474
Phone: 352.237.6151 | Fax: 352.237.0629

Mon - Fri: 7:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 7:30am - 12:00pm
Closed on Sunday

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