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  • You Can Pay Online!

    Written by Melanie

    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. 

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

    Written by Melanie

    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. Although he practices general ambulatory medicine, Mitts directs his focus towards sports medicine. He takes pride in being part of his client's team. Dr. Mitts added, “Being part of the puzzle that comes together to equal success for my clients and patients is what I enjoy most".

    K. Ryan Meeks, D.V.M has been part of the Peterson & Smith team for 12 years, beginning work during breeding season as an ambulatory assistant before being returning to complete an ambulatory internship and continuing on as an associate of Peterson & Smith.  

    Meeks was accepted into the University Of Florida College Of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2004. Meeks thoroughly enjoys the diversity and intensity of practicing equine medicine in Ocala. "The constant challenges of working on horses of all disciplines and helping clients achieve their goals just never get old, “Meeks states.

    With much honor, Dr. Meeks adds, “I have been privileged to work for our many great clients and alongside the industry’s most reputable equine vets for the past 12 years.  I am honored to now be able to contribute at a higher level with Peterson and Smith team. I look forward to helping ensure the continued success of Peterson and Smith in providing excellence in care for our equine patients and our clients.”

    About Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital

    Peterson &Smith Equine Hospital is a state-of-the-art full service, 24/7 equine practice located in Ocala, Florida. Founded in 1981 by Dr. John Peterson and Dr. Johnny Mac Smith, it has grown to one of the most highly recognized equine practices in the United States. Peterson & Smith provides a range of services from single patient management to large farm consultations, as well as offering continuing education opportunities for both veterinarians and horse owners.

    Peterson & Smith strives to provide state-of-the-art diagnostics, surgery, and medicine for our patients while maintaining relationships of professionalism and integrity with our clients and team. 

  • Dr. Timothy Lynch Joins New Clinical Veterinary Advisory Board

    Dr. Timothy Lynch Joins New Clinical Veterinary Advisory Board

    Written by Melanie

    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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