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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.

What are summer sores?

on Thursday, 01 November 2012. Posted in Blog

What are summer sores?

“Summer sores” is a horseman’s term for a skin condition caused by larvae of Habronema or Draschia species worms. The adult worms of these species live on the inside wall of the equine stomach and do not migrate internally. In fact, most horses with gastric habronemiasis or Draschia species infestation do not show any clinical signs, a nd actual damage or impact to an adult horse is thought to be minimal. Heavy infestation in some individuals, however, has been known to cause stomach irritation and can even lead to perforation and possible stomach rupture.

On The Road Again

on Wednesday, 15 August 2012. Posted in Blog

On The Road Again

Earlier this summer, our Facebook and Twitter followers got a chance to see what it was like to spend a day with Peterson & Smith ambulatory vet, Dr. Bill Russell.  We started at the crack of dawn, and spent the entire day checking brood mares, doing coggins, and examining thoroughbred training horses. You can see our pictures from that day in our June album on Facebook.

What’s New in the Pharmacy: Gastrafate!

on Sunday, 12 August 2012. Posted in Blog

What’s New in the Pharmacy: Gastrafate!

The Peterson & Smith Pharmacy is carrying a new treatment for horses with Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome.  Equine Gastrafate (by Bioniche Animal Health) is a low cost, botanical based product that directly contacts and heals the mucosal lining.

Gastrafate uses a naturally occuring saccharide as it’s active ingredient. The saccharide allows enhanced coating and sticking to the muscosa when it is cross linked non-covalently in solution.

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!

The brand new Ipad for horses

on Thursday, 21 June 2012. Posted in General

The other day, the the American Veterinary Medical Association asked their facebook friends if they used iPads at they didn't know their larger patients already use them! Check out the funny video above!

Today at the Clinic: Laser Cyst Removal

on Wednesday, 20 June 2012. Posted in General

Today at the Clinic: Laser Cyst Removal

This morning, Dr. Slone (along with Dr. McNally and Dr. Hyde) used a laser to remove uterine cysts from a mare. These cysts are more common in older mares than younger- and can create issues in fertility. For more detailed information, check out this article by Below are pictures from today, and a video of the procedure.

Everyday ERC

on Monday, 18 June 2012. Posted in General

Everyday ERC

While our surgeons are conquering colic, and our ambulatory vets are hitting the road, there’s never a dull moment at our 91 acre Equine Reproduction Center (the ERC.) If you haven’t heard, the ERC has one of the largest recipient mare herds in the United States, facilitates semen collection and shipment, and has a cutting edge embryo transfer program. Those are just a few of the services available to our clients- for a full list, click here!

Evening Lecture Series Recap!

on Thursday, 14 June 2012. Posted in General

Last night kicked off PSEH’s Evening Lecture Series.! The event, which was generously sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim, was great for all of our vets to network and chat with one another over drinks and dinner at the Ocala Hilton. Looked as if everyone was having a nice time- new veterinarians and more established ones alike!

Colic, where to begin?

on Thursday, 07 June 2012. Posted in General

Yesterday, here at Peterson and Smith, Drs. Rose Hyde and  Jack Watt performed emergency Colic surgery. As many horse owners know, surgery isn’t always needed to cure Colic- there can be other options. I talked to Dr. Rose Hyde, and she broke down the basics of “where to begin” when tackling the widespread topic of Colic.

De-worming Do’s and Don’ts

on Monday, 04 June 2012. Posted in General

De-worming Do’s and Don’ts

This is what you could have on your hands when Ascarids, commonly known as round worms, get out of hand.

Yesterday at PSEH, a foal came in with those worms from the video above- and an alarming trend is that de-worming resistance isn’t only limited to juveniles, but becoming more common in adult horses, as well.

Equine Vaccinations - Top Priority

on Wednesday, 08 June 2011. Posted in Equine general medicine

We are being inundated with questions about the Equine Herpes Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.  To help alleviate the concern we have re-issued our Vaccination Recommendations.  They can be found on our website by following this link: PSEH Vaccination Recommendations.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis – have you vaccinated?

on Wednesday, 01 June 2011. Posted in Equine general medicine

Summer is here and horses and people will have an increased risk of exposure to Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus (EEE)

EEE is a mosquito borne virus that is endemic in the eastern United States. The virus is carried by birds primarily and spread to horses and humans through mosquito bites. The incidence of mosquitoes and therefore infection rate is increased most years during the late summer months and into the fall in central Florida.

New Equine Ophthalmology Consultant

on Tuesday, 10 May 2011. Posted in Equine ophthalmology

Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital is pleased to announce that Dr. Noelle McNabb (DVM, Diplomate ACVO) will be joining Dr. Dennis Brooks (DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVO) as an ophthalmic consultant.

Under Tack Dynamic Respiratory Scope

on Thursday, 21 April 2011. Posted in Diagnostic Techniques

Under Tack Dynamic Respiratory Scope

Peterson & Smith now has a new dynamic respiratory endoscope to use for obtaining under tack images of a horse’s pharynx and larynx.   Unlike scoping on a treadmill this endoscope is worn on the saddle pad of the horse while it is training on the track under natural conditions.  The images are transferred to a computer for complete analysis when the exam is over, but some of the video can be viewed on a wireless monitor while the horse is training as long as the horse is not too far away.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

on Thursday, 10 March 2011. Posted in Diagnostic Techniques

Peterson & Smith are excited to announce that we are able to provide Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).  MRI has become the gold standard in human medicine for the definitive diagnosis of many conditions, and is rapidly becoming just as important in veterinary medicine.  Here at Peterson & Smith, it is important to us to bring the highest quality service to our clients in everything that we offer, and we are confident that this MRI meets our standard for care.


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