The UF Large Animal Hospital provides state-of-the-art veterinary diagnostic and treatment techniques to equine and large animals from Gainesville, Ocala, Jacksonville and all other areas. Contact us to schedule an appointment.
Our purpose-built facilities were made with the large animal in mind and have the ability to provide the best care for the most sensitive and complicated cases. Our facilities are equipped with specialized divided stalls for mare and foal, special colic facilities and stalls for extended stays, and climate control for extreme weather conditions or when needed for the patient. Click on a photo for a slideshow.
UF Large Animal Hospital
The UF Large Animal Hospital was funded by Alec P. and Louise H. Courtelis. Without their support, the new hospital we have today would not have been possible.
Equine Performance Laboratory
The UF Equine Performance Laboratory studies the effects of drugs on athletic performance, in addition to injury and surgical techniques in race horses.
The UF Large Animal Hospital has three operating room designated for colic surgeries, ophthalmology or general surgeries and orthopedic surgeries, and each is equipped with a viewing room for clients and for student learning opportunities. (Viewing-room window located upper left.)
Equine Lameness & Imaging
The UF Veterinary Hospitals MRI unit is a Toshiba Titan, ultra-wide bore, high-field 1.5 Tesla magnet. It is the largest gantry on a short-bore MRI manufactured to date. Our board-certified veterinary radiologists provide highly detailed images of damage in bone and soft tissue with greater precision than any other imaging modality.
The UF Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories provide accurate and timely laboratory results, phone consultations, courier pickup of samples and flat-rate overnight shipping.
Reception & Waiting Area
The Bama McNeil Whitney Hospital entrance was named in recognition of Whitney’s support of the hospital and the stained glass work is called “Las Caux Horse” by artist Jim Piercey and was provided by the State of Florida Construction Artwork program in 1993.
The UF Equine Neonatal Foal Intensive Care Unit became the first in the world to establish the discipline of neonatology in a unique partnership with veterinary specialists and human neonatologists at the UF Health Science Center. Our equine neonatal ICU has become a model for veterinary colleges nationwide.
The UF Large Animal Hospital has three surgical operating rooms for elective and emergency surgeries. Patients are referred to our equine surgery service from all over the United States and our veterinarians are known for using the most advanced techniques and equipment.
The UF equine and large animal reproduction facilities feature a hydraulic height-adjustable phantom mare, full-service laboratory, USDA-approved semen collection & distribution center, liquid nitrogen semen storage and basic & intensive care facilities for foaling and high-risk pregnancies.
The large animal isolation facilities can accommodate any patient. Special protocols are required for staff and faculty in our isolation facilities and throughout our hospital based on our bio-security program. As with all stalls at UF, the stalls in this facility have windows because we believe that attitude plays a key role in healing and the outside view is beneficial.
From left: Colic facilities, in-patient barn, equine & large animal reproduction
All stalls in the UF equine and large animal internal medicine and neonatal foal unit contain dividers to allow a mare to be with her foal while one is being treated. The wing also houses a padded stall with a hoist for animals that are neurologically compromised and a wildlife stall for patients too large to be housed in small animal.
More successful corneal transplants have been performed at UF than anywhere else in the world. For many reasons, UF’s equine ophthalmologists are known as experts in the treatment of problems with the equine eye. Our ophthalmology facilities also have a room lined entirely with copper for electrically sensitive procedures.
UF Farrier Service
The UF Farrier service provides therapeutic farriery and equine podiatry to horses of all disciplines and works under the direction of the equine surgery and equine lameness & diagnostic imaging services. The service is available for routine and advanced veterinary farrier care.
Every patient is managed by a board-certified veterinary specialist assisted by one or more residents who are veterinarians with one to four years of experience undergoing advanced training in that specialty. Trained veterinary technicians assist in the delivery of patient care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The UF stallion facilities are located next to the reproduction facilities for the most efficient care and examinations. UF provides advanced stallion evaluations to prevent problems from happening during breeding and to find problems that arise. Our board certified reproduction veterinarians specialize in diagnosing and treating reproductive issues and working to solve behavior problems.