At EMCO, our referring veterinarians aren’t just our colleagues, but our friends. We aim to form long-lasting relationships with the primary care practitioners we serve and exceed your expectations for timely communication regarding referred and hospitalized horses, as well as consultation on field cases. We see ourselves as a member of your team in providing the best possible service to your clients and medical care for their horses. 

Referring a case?

If you are sending in an emergency or have an urgent referral, please contact the hospital at 352-873-7830. The administrative assistant will take down the client and patient information, including a contact number before transferring you to the appropriate specialist or intern on call to obtain the history. After hours, our on-site veterinarian answers incoming emergency calls and will then contact the appropriate specialist for your case. 

Information for your clients

We do require a deposit prior to admission for all emergencies and payment is due in full at the time of discharge for all hospitalized patients. For daytime appointments, an estimate is given for anticipated services and additional diagnostics are discussed throughout the evaluation. Payment is due at the time of services. We do accept Care Credit and clients are able to apply through our office during business hours. 

After hours, your client will be attended to by our on-site veterinarian. Depending on the situation, the attending specialist may also be present or may be called in based upon the initial triage examination. The attending specialist is contacted regarding all admitted cases and oversees the case management.

Services offered:

– Primary emergency and second opinion case evaluations

– Emergency and critical care including 24-hour hospitalization and intensive care units

– Second opinion lameness evaluations

– Advanced imaging diagnostics including standing MRI, nuclear scintigraphy, and endoscopy

– Advanced diagnostics including cardiac evaluation, cerebrospinal collection, myelography, and articular facet injections


Board-certified specialists in Surgery, Internal Medicine, Theriogenology, Ophthalmology, and Emergency/Critical Care

Equine Medical Center of Ocala offers a premier equine hospital facility and the best team of boarded internists and boarded surgeons in the Southeast United States. EMCO can handle all of your horse healthcare needs and provide you with the best service in the industry. We provide direct service as well as referral service, and we pride ourselves on our relationship with our referring veterinarians.