The Peterson Smith Surgery Department is staffed with veterinarians boarded in surgery, sports medicine and rehabilitation, and ophthalmology.

The Peterson Smith Surgery Department is staffed with veterinarians boarded in surgery, sports medicine and rehabilitation, and ophthalmology, as well as interns, residents, and technicians. We are staffed for 24-hour service and manage a high caseload. There are 2 surgery suites with attached induction and recovery stalls, and a newly renovated 11-stall barn dedicated for our surgical patients. Our surgeons use the most advanced techniques and technology available and our excellent support staff work tirelessly to provide the best care possible for our equine patients.

Surgery Services Include:

  • Orthopedic Surgery

    • Arthroscopy

      A minimally invasive surgery to help identify causes of joint lameness and used commonly for removing chips or OCD’s in various joints. PSEH is one of the leading hospitals for performing orthopedic surgeries.

      Fracture Repair

      A horse has to stand on all 4 legs so we aim, with our fracture repairs, to create a stable reduced fracture with the newest technology and implants available to us.

  • Soft Tissue Surgery

    • Upper Respiratory Procedures

      The airway can be the limiting factor in a horse’s performance which we aim to rectify. We can perform several different surgeries to try and return your horses airway to a near normal function including tie backs, tie forwards and arytenoidectomies. To aid in diagnosis, we also offer dynamic endoscopies.

      Ophthalmic Surgery

      After consultation with your veterinarian and our medicine departments, including Dr. Dennis Brooks, our ophthalmologist, if deemed necessary to aid in treatment of several ophthalmic conditions including corneal ulcers, stromal abscesses and IMMK, we are equipped with the technology and expertise to perform several different ophthalmic surgeries from corneal transplants to ciclosporin implants.

      Urogenital Procedures

      Extending from routine castrations to repairing vaginal tears after foaling and removing uroliths from horses bladders, we see it all and are more than happy to see your horse for any problem.


      Abdominal ‘key hole’ surgery is a minimally invasive surgical technique rapidly gaining popularity especially for procedures such as ovariectomies or cryptordectomies. These surgeries are safe with the new technology available to us and due to the size of the portals, patients have a faster recovery period.


      Our clinic has a diode laser available extending our minimally invasive surgery capabilities. It is a light beam that interacts with tissue and the energy either will coagulate, ablate or incise tissue.

  • Emergency Surgery

    • Colic Surgery

      If a horse presents on emergency with acute abdominal pain and is unresponsive to medical management an exploratory celiotomy is often the next step and our surgical team are proficient in colic surgeries at any hour. The surgeons and surgical staff are one of the best teams in the country to take care of your horse in this emergency situation.

      Dystocia/Caesarean Section

      When a dystocia is present there is very little time to correct the positioning to ensure foal and mare survival. At the hospital the mare can be anesthetized and the foal manipulated to aid in delivery but if this is unsuccessful with our expertise we are able to efficiently perform C-sections. Elective caesareans are carried out less frequently but are available upon discussion with your veterinarian and surgeon.

      Emergency Orthopedic Procedures

      These range from septic joints to fractures to break down injuries and may require stabilization prior to transporting to the clinic, where we will then further manage your horse.

Our Surgeons:

Carol K. Clark
Faith E. Hughes
Tim M. Lynch
Donnie E. Slone Jr.
Dennis Brooks
Abigail Kent
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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Peterson Smith Advanced Fertility Center
15107 SE 47th Ave, Summerfield, FL 34491
Phone: 352.307.3000 | Fax: 352.307.3003

Mon - Fri: 7:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am - 12:00pm
Closed on Sunday

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