Our digital radiograph unit allows us to instantly see a high-quality image patient-side. This image can be adjusted to pick up even the most minor orthopedic changes. Images are stored electronically and copies on CD are available to you as well.
Ultrasound is a useful tool for viewing certain abdominal and thoracic structures. Ultrasound for reproductive services can be used to help determine the reproductive health and optimal time for breeding of mares. It is also used to help prevent twinning and to monitor fetal growth. Ultrasound is also utilized for diagnosing musculoskeletal injuries and to monitor the healing process.
Our three-meter scope allows us to evaluate the upper and lower airways to rule-out causes of breathing difficultly that might cause exercise intolerance in your horse. It can also be used to evaluate the esophagus and stomach.
Dr. Eric A. Hiers
Dr. Hiers was raised in the Orange Park/Green Cove Springs area in North Florida, but has been residing in Gainesville since 1997. He received his BS and Masters degrees from the University of Florida, Department of Animal Sciences, specializing in reproductive herd management of beef cattle. Following graduation from the UF Veterinary School in 2007, he joined Dr. Ted Yoho with Kanapaha Veterinary Services, and has been serving the North-Central Florida area ever since. Eric is married to Dr. Allison Hiers, a small animal veterinarian, and is a proud parent of Colton and Taylor. Outside of work Eric enjoys spending time with family, golfing, fishing, and trail riding. Dr. Hiers enjoys being active in local FFA and 4-H chapters. Dr. Hiers is currently a Courtesy Assistant Professor in the large animal department at the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Jill Barabas
Dr. Barabas grew up in South Florida riding and training horses. She has always been driven towards a career in veterinary medicine and began working at a veterinary hospital at the age of 14. Although she is the newest Veterinarian in the practice, Jill has been part of the Kanapaha Veterinary Services family since 2003.
Dr. Barabas attended the University of Florida and graduated with honors from the college of agriculture and life sciences. She majored in animal science with focus in beef cattle and equine industries. Jill immediately entered University of Florida Veterinary School where she obtained her Veterinary degree focusing on equine and food animal medicine. Dr. Barabas currently lives in Gainesville with her husband Josh and their growing menagerie. In her spare time she rides her appaloosa Maverick, whom is the first horse she ever trained. She has special interest in ophthalmology and lameness.
We offer basic to advanced pre-purchase examinations. We tailor the exam to meet your specific expectations of the horse. We will provide you with a portfolio of the exam which includes a written evaluation, photos, video, and digital copies of radiographs (x-rays) of the exam.