Preventative Care

North Florida Equine Veterinary Service Gainesville Newberry Ocala Florida - Lameness Exams

Whether you are responsible for one horse or an entire barn, the health of your horse is our primary concern.  From vaccination programs to deworming schedules, our doctors will discuss with you the best options for your specific situation.  Our fully equipped ambulatory vehicles allow us to perform the majority of routine exams and care where your horse is most comfortable – his own environment.

Preventative Care Services Include:


We recommended that horses have an annual  oral examination to evaluate their dental health.  A horse's teeth continue to erupt throughout his lifetime. As the horse chews, over time sharp points are created that can lacerate the soft tissues of the mouth. This can make chewing painful and can cause head-tossing or evasion of the bit while riding.  Some horses need these sharp points removed annually; others may go several years between dental interventions.  Younger horses may need to be seen more often as they shed their baby teeth (caps) around 2 to 4 years of age. Older horses may begin to have problems with tooth loss and breakage requiring twice yearly visits as well.

Learn to recognize dental problems in your horse.


Deworming programs should tailored to each individual horse. This begins with twice yearly fecal exams to assess the internal parasite load carried by each horse . In addition to the fecal exams, we consult with each owner on stable and pasture conditions, their horse's age and physical exam findings and formulate a program that is specially suited to treat and prevent parasites in that individual horse.

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Microchips provide permanent, positive identification for all ownership issues, including:

  • Positive I.D. by law enforcement in theft recovery cases.
  • Identification by emergency response teams, which scan all recovered animals following disasters.
  • During transportation allows critical verification that a horse to be transported is in fact the correct animal.
  • For breeding operations the chip provides quick identification of look-alike foals and yearlings.