Veterinary Care for Horses

The veterinarians at our Columbia hospital offer equine medical services and treatments, including lameness diagnoses, internal medicine treatments, dental floating, and digital Coggins testing.

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Equine Veterinary Services

We are proud to be able to offer equine veterinary care to horses in Columbia, across Maury County and beyond. From the prevention and treatment of lameness to pre-purchase exams, routine preventive care, dentistry and more, we offer all of the services your horse needs to remain healthy.

Our fully equipped mobile units provide our vets with the tools they need to provide on-site diagnostic services to horse owners. We offer large animal mobile emergency services for existing clients.  

Here at Maury County Veterinary Hospital, we are able to care for your beloved horses, regardless of whether you show them, breed them or just love them as your companion. Our staff is dedicated to our equine patients to help them lead their best possible life.

Equine Veterinary Services, Columbia

Equine & Large Animal Vet in Columbia

At Maury County Veterinary Hospital, our veterinary team provides all the equine veterinary services and treatments you need to help to keep your equine companion healthy and free of injuries.

Whether you require equine health services, emergency care, international or interstate health certificates, or Coggins testing, our Columbia vets can provide the care and services your beloved horse needs.

Procedures & Treatments

Our equine trained vets at Maury County Veterinary Hospital provide a comprehensive range of services and treatments for hard-working horses and their proud owners including:

  • Equine Wellness, Pre-Purchase & Soundness Evaluations

    Equine Wellness Exams

    We provide bi-annual routine checkups for our equine patients. Our veterinarians will inquire about your animal's health history and whether you have any pressing concerns about your horse's overall health.

    Equine nutrition will be discussed and a casual evaluation of your horse's weight and diet. Finally, any vaccinations or deworming required will be given.

    Pre-Purchase Exams

    An equine pre-purchase exam is not designed to tell our clients whether to buy a particular horse, rather it is to offer an overview of the health of the animal so that you can make an informed decision.

    Pre-purchase exams provided by our Columbia veterinarians can help to identify health concerns in a horse such as heart murmurs, signs of arthritis, unusual bumps and lumps, and more. Our vets will work with you to make sure you are as informed as possible about issues that may arise.

    Soundness Evaluations

    We want to keep your horse healthy for life, which includes keeping your horse sound as much as possible. We want to reduce the overall impact when lameness occurs. This keeps you in the saddle longer and promotes improved wellness and comfort for your horse.  

    Every case of lameness will be different. Likewise, the way your horse's condition will be managed will depend on a number of factors. We will spend time assessing your horse form head to toe and create a comprehensive workup so that we can identify to the core cause of your horse's lameness and begin appropriate treatment as soon as possible

  • Health Papers for Interstate Travel

    Planning to travel out of state with your equine friend? Our team of experienced veterinary professionals can perform the examinations and tests that your horse needs and help you complete the forms required for interstate export. 

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  • Equine Parasite Control & Treatment

    When it comes to parasite control and preventive treatments, our vets will examine your horse and put together an individualized treatment plan to meet your horse's unique needs. Some of the most commonly encountered parasites in horses include:

    • Tapeworm
    • Botflies
    • Filarids
    • Pin worms
    • Threadworms
    • Ascarids (Parascaris equorum)
    • Small strongyles (cyathostomins)
    • Large strongyles, or blood worms

    We offer vaccinations for West Nile Encephalomyelitis, Rabies, and more.

  • Digital Coggins Testing

    At Maury County Veterinary Hospital, we offer Coggins Testing to check for antibodies associated with Equine Infectious Anemia. Our veterinarians are proud to be able to offer digital Coggins Testing at our facility, which means that our clients are able to review their horse's results on their personal computer, quicker, and easier than through traditional testing methods.

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  • Equine Microchipping

    Microchips are small devices that are about the size of a grain of rice. In the microchip is stored a permanent identification number that can be read by a handheld radio frequency detector.

    These devices allow for the permanent identification of your horse, helping to prevent theft, aid in recover of horses lost due to disaster, make the sale of a microchipped horse easier to verify, and as proof that your horse has undergone any mandatory health treatments according to the laws o your state.

  • Surgery

    Below are some of the most common equine surgeries that our vets at Maury County Veterinary Hospital perform.

    • Dental
    • Minor Ocular
    • Castrations
    • Soft Tissue
  • Equine Internal Medicine

    There are a range of conditions that can fall within the umbrella of equine internal medicine. This includes GI tract issues, respiratory infections neurological disorders, blood system problems digestive disorder, cardiac conditions and the care for newborn foals.

    Internal medicine conditions could also affect the animal's liver, muscles, kidneys, bladder, or neurologic system.

    Our skilled team of vets uses a range of diagnostic technologies on-site thanks to our mobile veterinary units. These units are equipped to provide our vets with the tools they need to offer veterinary care for your equine friend's internal health on-site.

  • Equine Dentistry & Odontoplasty (Floating)

    Horses can suffer from a number of dental disorders that may affect their ability to eat their feed, their performance and their overall health and well-being.

    Annual equine dental visits from your vet, including a thorough oral health examination and tooth floating (if necessary), help to ensure optimal dental health for your horse.

  • Equine Eye Care

    Our Columbia vets provide diagnosis and treatment for minor eye injuries and disorders seen in horses. Once we've assessed their needs, we will recommend a course of treatment. 

    If the eye injury sustained by your horse extends beyond the scope of our abilities, we will be sure to refer your equine companion to a board-certified veterinarian and will work closely with them to make sure that your horse is getting the best possible care.

  • Companion Laser Therapy

    We offer in-house companion laser therapy as a way of helping our patients relieve discomfort. Laser and LED beams of light can stimulate the cells in the body that repair tissue, reduce inflammation and transmit pain.

    Despite being helpful in maintaining your horse's long-term health after suffering from a disease or injury, they can't be used before a competition. The drug-free treatment afforded by companion laser therapy can stimulate your horse's natural healing processes, reduce inflammation around injuries and reduce their pain. 

Diagnostic Testing

After a comprehensive physical examination, we may need to conduct more in-depth diagnostic testing to help your vet to pinpoint the specific cause of your horse's health issue.

Many health issues affecting our equine patients, whether they be lameness or something else, rely on determining the best treatment option. 

If your equine vet has cause for concern based on initial examination, they may recommend further tests such as diagnostic nerve or joint blocks, radiographs, ultrasound, arthroscopy or examination of blood, synovial fluid and tissue samples.

Diagnostic Imaging

If your horse is suffering from an injury, health issue, or lameness, your veterinarian may recommend digital X-rays, ultrasounds, or endoscopies to help them to get a clear view of the issue in order to form a diagnosis and create an appropriate treatment plan.

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