If your horse is in need of urgent care, please call us at 813-643-7177 for immediate assistance. There is no emergency fee when hauling into the clinic for urgent care. Upon arrival, your horse will be greeted by a team of veterinarians and medical support professionals who are trained to quickly triage and assess your horse’s health emergency. Combined with our state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, an onsite laboratory, and the ability to give surgical and/or supportive care, Brandon Equine offers your horse the best chance for a positive outcome.
Brandon Equine Medical Center is the only full-service equine hospital on the west coast of Florida. The clinic is located in Brandon, FL and is easily accessible from Interstates 275, 75 and 4; State Roads 60 and 301; and other major roadways. In addition to our clinic inpatient, outpatient, and Sports Medicine Complex services, we offer a full range of ambulatory services. Both our clinic and ambulatory practices see emergencies 24/7/365.
Our practice features veterinarians that are ACVS board-certified surgeons, ACVIM board-certified internists, ultrasound specialists, veterinarians trained in acupuncture, consulting board-certified ophthalmologists, and dermatologists. In addition to 24/7/365 emergency care, we provide outpatient services by appointment Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. A limited number of evening and Saturday appointments are also available.
Common emergencies seen are:
- Respiratory distress
- Severe lacerations
Brandon Equine Medical Center is fully equipped to perform emergency and elective surgeries with facilities that include a surgical suite with induction and recovery rooms, as well as a viewing room for those clients who would like to observe their horse’s procedures. Our veterinarians include surgeons that are board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Brandon Equine Medical Center’s medicine section prides itself on individualized and pragmatic care for every patient we work with. The availability of diagnostic tools, such as digital radiography, ultrasound, endoscopy, and an in-house laboratory—in combination with the expertise of our clinicians doing advanced procedures—makes us well equipped to handle a wide variety of complex medical conditions.
Routine Wellness Care
Brandon Equine Medical Center’s Individual Wellness Plan (IWP) is designed to meet your horses’ preventative health maintenance needs while offering significant cost savings. Now entering its ninth year, we have made the IWP plan customizable so that you can provide your horse with the best, most individualized care possible and the option of no-interest monthly payments.
The pre-purchase examination provides the prospective buyer with pertinent information regarding the health and soundness of the horse in question. Brandon Equine Medical Center routinely performs pre-purchase examinations on horses for the prospective buyer, which usually includes a detailed physical exam of the horse and assessing all the body systems, including heart and lungs, the eyes, and the musculoskeletal system. After the physical exam has been done, the horse is evaluated for soundness. This portion of the pre-purchase exam involves watching the horse in hand with flexion tests, on the lunge line, and, in some cases, under saddle. The prospective buyer is provided with a complete, typed report of the clinical findings and assessment as well as a CD of all images taken.
A dental with Brandon Equine Medical Center IS NOT just about sharp “points.” Our veterinarians conduct comprehensive oral exams that include an evaluation of oral function, symmetry, and the alignment of incisors and molars. Brandon Equine veterinarians have completed extensive dentistry training, including the anatomy and physiology of the equine mouth, and have completed countless dental procedures of all types.
Lameness Exams and Treatments
Brandon Equine Medical Center offers complete lameness examinations. These entail a thorough physical assessment of the horse during static (standing) and dynamic (in motion) examinations. During the dynamic exam, the horse is assessed in hand, on the lunge line, and under saddle as needed. Brandon Equine has the ability to video each lameness exam and possesses gait analysis software to more fully assess the horse in motion. This allows the clinician to observe the horse in normal and slow motion and to assess gait motion and footfall. This modality takes the lameness exam to the “extra level” in providing a complete and thorough evaluation of the issue at hand.
Flexion tests provide important information towards localizing the source of lameness. Diagnostic analgesia (nerve block) is performed as necessary to help in pinpointing the location of the lameness. With this information, the appropriate diagnostic imaging can then be pursued and a treatment plan formulated.
Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for many different disease processes in the horse. Acupuncture can complement conventional medical and surgical therapies and can be useful to promote recovery in some conditions, such as acquired deafness, nerve injuries, and other disorders that have no conventional treatments.
An important service that Brandon Equine provides is a consultation with your farrier. The surgeons routinely communicate with the farrier involved in the case, either at the time the horse is at the clinic or after the fact. Sitting down and reviewing the exam and diagnostic images as a team can be invaluable in formulating an appropriate shoeing plan, which is a vital part of the horse’s rehabilitation.
Brandon Equine Medical Center offers a variety of services on an outpatient basis by appointment. Day stalls are available upon request. Our outpatient services include:
- Lameness evaluations and treatments
- Digital radiography
- IRAP and PRP preparation and injection
- Stem cell collection and injection
- Sterile joint injection
- Neurologic examinations
- Endoscopy for evaluation of upper airway problems, gastric ulcers, and response to treatment
- Pre-Purchase examinations
- And more!
Expert equine care in Brandon, FL.
From our board-certified horse surgeons and board-certified internists to our professional and courteous staff, at Brandon Equine Medical Center, we are committed to the health and well-being of all breeds and sizes of horses. In the field, as an outpatient, or when admitted to the horse hospital, we treat every horse like our own and every client as the most important.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed
Emergency care available: 24/7/365
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