Field Services of Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center

Field Service

The field service department of the Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center services stables and farms, both small and large, in the surrounding areas of Hunterdon, Somerset, and Mercer Counties of NJ, and Bucks County PA. Our patients include a range of breeds and disciplines, as well as a variety of life stages; including mares and foals, juveniles, adults, and geriatric patients. The field service department prides itself on its professionalism, compassion, and dedication to providing the highest-quality ambulatory medicine. 

Our field service veterinarians, Drs. Gemma Gerardi and Katy Sullivan, work closely with our in-clinic specialists as a team. This allows our ambulatory veterinarians to provide primary care at your location while also providing for the possibility of referral to the clinic if hospitalization, advanced imaging, or surgery is required. 

We provide the following field services:

Routine/Preventative Care

  • Vaccinations
    • Vaccinations are the number one way you can protect your horse from deadly infectious diseases. While there are many equine vaccines available, not every horse requires the same series or frequency of vaccines. At the Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center, our veterinarians determine a vaccination protocol based on your horse’s lifestyle, age, our geographic location, and other risk factors affecting exposure to disease. The goal is to maintain your horse’s optimal health and protection while not over-vaccinating.
      • Core Equine Vaccines
        • West Nile Virus
        • Eastern and Western Equine Encephalitis (EEE & WEE)
        • Tetanus
        • Rabies
        • Botulism
      • Non-Core Equine Vaccines
        • Influenza Rhinopneumonitis (Equine Herpes Virus) - This can be considered a core vaccine if interacting or traveling with other horses.
        • Potomac Horse Fever
        • Strangles
    • Pregnant mares should be vaccinated against Equine Herpes Virus 1 during their 5th, 7th and 9th months of gestation.

      Many combination vaccinations are available. Please check with our veterinarians for the appropriate vaccinations that are the best and most cost-effective. A program designed with the help and advice of our veterinarians will keep your horse happy and healthy for many years to come.
  • Comprehensive Wellness Care
    • We are pleased to present our newly designed Wellness Packages. These plans are designed to provide you with the confidence that your horse is receiving the highest-quality preventive health care as well as a foundation for a long, healthy life. By bundling comprehensive preventative care services at a discounted rate, we aim to foster a stronger veterinarian-patient relationship with horses owned by you, our valued clients. Our veterinarians view these bi-annual examinations as an opportunity to establish a baseline for your horse’s health as well as to detect problems before they become serious and expensive to treat. Your horse's annual examination is also a chance for you to ask any questions and discuss any concerns. You play an essential role in your horse’s health and well-being, and it is our goal to provide all the information you need to be the best caregiver possible.

      All three plans being offered include a vaccination schedule that is tailored to the individual patient's travel schedule. As an added benefit, enrolled patients will receive discounted hospital emergency fees should they need to be referred to the hospital for more intensive care, as well as a $500 discount on colic surgery should they need it. We hope that you will find these plans appealing to both you and your horse, and that we can continue to serve you by keeping your horse (s) healthy all year round.

      Our equine wellness check-up includes:
      • General physical exam (bi-annually)
      • Spring and Fall vaccinations
      • Evaluation of your horse’s body condition score, weight tape, and nutritional and feeding recommendations (bi-annually)
      • Hay analysis
      • Consultation of your horse’s exercise habits and regular activities
      • Fecal egg count (bi-annually) and a review of your equine parasite prevention program and updates on the latest standards of care. By targeting only those horses that need to be de-wormed, we can reduce de-worming frequency, thereby reducing parasite resistance.
      • Coggins test (annually)
      • Dental exam (bi-annually) and dental float with motorized tools (annually)

  • Parasite Control Programs
    • View our post on Ascarids on Facebook.
    • Adults
        1. January: Collect fecals on all horses and deworm with Quest Plus or Zimectrin Gold or Equimax (Use anything with a praziquantel combo)
        2. Categorize your horse
          • If fecal egg count is 0 = no shedder
          • If fecal egg count is greater than 200 = low shedder
          • If fecal egg count is between 200 and 500 = medium shedder
          • If fecal egg count is greater than 500 = high shedder
        3. If your horse falls into the medium to high shedder category, recheck fecals 2 weeks after the first deworming. The FEC should be decreased by 50% or more. If the FEC has not reduced, deworm with either Quest or Ivermectin- Use a different dewormer from the one you used in the first deworming. A dewormer with prazinquantel is not necessary.
        4. Re-collect fecals in May
          • If your horse falls into the medium or high shedder category, deworm with Ivermectin (Zimectrin) or Moxidectin (Quest) and recheck in 2 weeks to make sure you have reduced your parasite load in half.
          • If your horse falls into the low or no shedder category, do nothing.
        5. Re-collect fecals in September
          • If your horse falls into the medium or high shedder categories, deworm with Ivermectin (Zimectrin) or Moxidetin (Quest) and recheck in 2 weeks to make sure you have reduced your parasite load in half.
          • If your horse falls into the low or no shedder category, do nothing.

        If your horse’s classification throughout the year remains in the low to no shedder, you’re in luck! Only deworm and no need to do fecals in January. Medium and high shedders will continue to follow this same deworming schedule annually.

    • Foals
        1. Start at 45-60 days of age- Give double dose of Panacur (fenbendazole) or single dose of Strongid (pyrantel pamoate).
          • This will treat ascarids
          • Ivermectin or Moxidectin will not work because ascarids are resistant.
        2. 2 weeks after Panacur or Strongid dose, perform fecal egg count to look for presence of strongyle eggs.
          • If no strongyle eggs are present, continue with the third step.
          • If strongyle eggs are present, deworm with a dose of Ivermectin, then continue with the third step.
        3. Deworm every 60 days with a double dose of Panacur or single dose of Strongid.
        4. Perform fecal egg counts every 3 months.
          • If no strongyle eggs are present, you do not need to additionally deworm.
          • If strongyle eggs are present, deworm with a dose of Ivermectin.
  • Coggins/Health Certificates
    • Reminder: Coggins can take up to 1 week for the test to be returned. If required before then, please contact the office and we will assist you.
    • Health certificates are required for horses traveling out of state and for many horse shows and activities/events. Please check with the event coordinator for the specific requirements for the health certificate.
  • Microchipping
    • With microchipping, a veterinarian injects a tiny computer chip—about the size of a grain of rice—just under your horse’s skin.
    • New USEF Microchip Rule
      • The USEF has recently passed a rule requiring all horses competing in Hunters, Jumpers and Equitation be microchipped as of Decmber 1, 2017. After a one-year grace period, horses must have a microchip in order to compete at USEF sanctioned shows for the 2019 year.
    • For more information about microchipping, or to make an appointment for placement, call our office, 609.397.0078.
  • Insurance examinations

Emergency Services (24/7 availability for emergency coverage)

  • Colic
  • Infectious Disease
  • Ocular Emergencies
  • Lacerations/Traumatic Incidents
  • Wide variety of other ailments requiring immediate veterinary attention

Sports Medicine/Diagnostic Care

  • On-site Digital Radiography
  • Ultrasonography
  • Lameness Workups
  • Pre-Purchase Examinations
    • A horse is a significant investment. For that reason, we consider a thorough pre-purchase exam conducted by one of our highly skilled veterinarians an integral part of your decision-making process. The aim of the pre-purchase examination is to identify and assess factors that could affect the horse's suitability for its intended purpose. Although the pre-purchase examination does not guarantee the future soundness of your horse, it enables us to identify certain medical conditions or lameness at the time of the examination.

      The full pre-purchase exam, which includes a written report:

      • Conformation evaluation
      • Palpation of all four limbs
      • Lameness evaluation on hard and soft ground
      • Flexion of all four limbs
      • Blood Work
        • CBC, Chem, Coggins Test
      • Ophthalmic exam
      • Cardiovascular exam
      • Respiratory system exam
      • Reproductive system exam (if applicable)
      • Lunging and under saddle (as appropriate)
      • Radiographs of the front feet (65 degree navicular, Skyline navicular, 45 degree P3, Straight lateral and Dorsal palmar)
      • Radiographs of all four fetlocks (45 degree dorsal palmar, Lateral oblique, Medial oblique, Straight lateral and Flexed lateral)
      • Radiographs of the hocks (Dorsal plantar, Lateral oblique, Medial oblique and Straight lateral)
      • Radiographs of the stifles (Straight lateral and Posterior anterior and oblique)

      Additional services such as drug screens, endoscopic exams, and sonographic exams are not included the standard pre-purchase examination, but can in added for an additional fee. We are happy to customize our examination to address your concerns and expectations.

      A pre-purchase examination is an invaluable tool in helping you with your final decision. The cost of the exam is small when compared to the cost of caring for a horse that is unable to meet your expectations. For more information or to schedule a pre-purchase examination, please call us at  (609) 397-0078.

  • IRAP (interleukin-1 receptor antagonist protein)
  • PRP (protein-rich plasma) - Harvesting and On-Site Administration
  • Joint Therapy
  • Extra Corporeal Shockwave Therapy

Reproductive Care

Dentistry

Strong teeth and healthy gums go a long way toward ensuring your horse can eat properly, maintain proper body weight and sustain good nutritional health. For this reason, the veterinarians at the Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center recommend professional dental examinations. Only a licensed veterinarian should administer a sedative or analgesic to your horse, diagnose dental problems and determine a treatment plan.

Our experienced veterinarians deliver a full range of equine dentistry services, from routine dental procedures in the field to advanced procedures at our hospital, performed according to the highest standards of care. When you make annual dental examinations for your horse a priority, you help ensure problems are detected and addressed early and appropriately.

Equine dental procedures available at our hospital include:

  • Thorough dental examination
  • Dental radiography
  • Incisor extractions
  • Molar and pre-molar extractions
  • Wolf teeth removal
  • Periodontal disease management

In recent years there have been many exciting advances in equine dentistry that have significantly increased the level of care we can provide. Please call us today to learn more about our exceptional equine dental services for your horse.

Your Field Service Clinicians

Dr. Gemma Gerardi, DVM: Dr. Gerardi has been a veterinarian at the Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center since 2010.  Her professional interests include lameness, reproduction, dentistry, and emergency medicine.

Dr. Katy Sullivan: Dr. Sullivan joined Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center team in 2016. Her professional interests include emergency medicine, lameness, reproduction and dentistry.