Licking Valley Vet Service: Equine

horse in field LVVS offers services for all types of horses from Pleasure to Show to Event horses as well as services for all sizes of horses from Miniature to Draft Horses. While LVVS offers regulatory services such as Coggins(EIA)Forms/Health Certificates, basic services such as horse vaccines we also offer services including ultrasound exams and power dental flotations. Sick animals have access to a wide variety of blood tests and the ability to provide intravenous fluids and medications as needed to the horses either in your barn or local facilities. Emergency service is available, please check for hours on the website's calendar. For those times when a case requires more in depth treatment than can be provided locally LVVS has developed a network of highly skilled professionals that can offer more specialized care for your animals.
  • Farm Call $40-$50

    • $45 Pendleton County
    • $50 Campbell County
    • $55 Bracken County
    • $50 Kenton County
    The basic charge for visiting the farm.
  • Emergency Call

    • $140 (+7/mile >15)Farm/House Charge after-hours.
    • $90Office Call - After hours. Includes exam and office call when animal is brought to the clinic.
  • Office Call

    • $45With Veterinarian For medical appointments needing a veterinarian at the office.
    • $30With Technician For routine vaccinations or procedures without examination or questions to a veterinarian at the office.

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    • $15Rabies
    • $21West Nile
    • $14Tetanus Toxoid
    • $55Vetera Gold Combo
      Eastern, Western & Venezuelan Encephalitis, Tetanus Toxoid, Rhinopneumonitis, Influenza, West Nile Virus Annual Vaccine


    • $16Botulism
    • $25Strangles
    • $10Tetanus Antitoxin
    • $20Potomac Horse Fever
  • $10-$30 EXAMS


    • Evaluation of animal.
    The basic is the most expensive with recheck and brief exams going down in the price. Simple medical procedures may be included in the exam fee.
  • $28COGGINS


    • Required for travel
    • Tests for Equine Infectious Anemia
    • Required for Health Certificates
    This test for Equine Infectious Anemia involves collecting a blood sample at the farm and mailing it for testing in order to get papers required for transport. The test results can take 2-3 weeks. Please schedule this test well before you need to travel with your horse. The test is good for 1 year within Kentucky borders. A horse (including donkeys and mules) may only travel in Kentucky without a Coggins if the horse is being transported to a veterinarian or if it is being transported from the horse's owners farm to another farm owned by the horse's owner. All other instances require a current negative EIA/Coggins test.
  • $64 (Farm Call not included)COGGINS (RUSH)


    • Quick turn-around for emergency situations where travel or diagnosis is needed
    This test is a quick test for when an emergency Coggins is required. The veterinarian will come to your farm, draw blood and give you the sample and paperwork which will then be your responsibility to get to the lab, located in Florence, for turnaround. This can get results to you within 24 hours. LVVS is not responsible for getting the blood to the lab in this situation. For a Coggins you wish to receive back in a week without taking the blood to the lab yourself there is a $44 test." Health Certificate - $10 (For Health Certificates for multiple horses each horse costs $10. This $10 includes a brief exam. If you need a rewrite the Health Certificate is $5.)


    • Includes physical exam, intubation, rectal palpation, mineral oil.
    Exam for a horse that is experiences abdominal discomfort.
  • $40-$99LAMENESS EXAM


    • Exam for troubles walking
    If a horse has a lameness it can sometimes be simple application of hoof tester to diagnose the problem and often times may require multiple nerve blocks. The minimum exam is $40 and the more complex it gets the more price is added.


    • In-depth diagnostic exam
    • Excellent for organ problems and reproductive work.
    When an internal look at the body is required this noninvasive procedure allows better looks at the reproductive tract, GI tract, tendons, eyes, lungs and heart.
  • $110Digital Radiograph Series

    Digital Radiograph Series

    • Covers the charge for ALL views taken per animal
    Description: State of the art technology allows for radiographs to be taken and processed right on the farm for immediate interpretation and evaluation of bone and soft tissue problems in patients. This allows us to more quickly treat a patient."


    • Removing testicles
    • Completed at your farm.
    • Tetanus antitoxin included in price.
    • Includes 5 days of pain control
    In this procedure a male horse has his testicles removed. It is completed after both testicles are observed to be descended. The horse is sedated and laid on his side or back and the scrotum is opened and testicles removed. Rest is recommended the first day and then the patient kept active afterwards to reduce swelling. This price includes the sedation/anesthesia, surgery and tetanus antitoxin. (Tetanus toxoid may be administered depending on the previous vaccination history of the horse.)



    • Papers required for travel
    This document is required for travel within and out of the state. Please check with your destination to make sure that Health Certificates are recent enough for that locality. Health Certificates within Kentucky are typically good for 1 year. For Health Certificates for multiple horses each horse costs $10. This $10 includes a brief exam. If you need a rewrite the Health Certificate is $5 per animal.


    • Evaluation of internal organ via rectum
    Used for a variety of different reasons. Sometimes it is to diagnose pregnancy or evaluate different stages of the reproductive cycle in horses and sometimes it is used to assess organs in the body. There are inherent dangers and even the most skilled practitioner runs the risk of causing a rectal tear which can have serious consequences but mostly the benefits outweigh the risks when this exam is required.


    • Decreases length of teeth
    • Increases weight gain
    • Decreases wasted food
    Horses’ teeth grow continuously and at times do not grow appropriately. Dental exam and possible floating is recommended yearly. This price includes the oral exam, sedation required, speculum for opening the horse’s mouth and actual floating of the teeth.


    • Removing tumors and unwanted growths and repairing wounds
    Horses inevitably have injuries that need care or have masses that need to be removed. Though these costs do not include the anesthesia or sedation to restrain the horse the range depends on the time required to treat and severity of the wound or mass being removed.


    • Cleaning of the excess unwanted material on the penis
    Geldings often do not extend their penis enough to have it cleaned enough and smegma can build up within the sheath of a horse. This can be a nuisance especially if a "bean" of hard smegma develops which can irritate the penis. This cleaning is needed occasionally and simply involves sedating the horse so the penis extends and cleaning with warm soapy water or water with betadine in it. This fee is for the cleaning only and does not cover the sedation.


    • Allowing continuous and immediate access to the blood stream.
    At times in order to better administer medications a catheter can be placed in the animals veins. Costs depend on type of catheter used and length of time it is in place.
  • $16FECAL


    • Testing for parasite numbers.
    Parasites are becoming resistant and this fecal exam using fresh (< 24 hours old) feces will give a number of eggs per gram of feces which can be used to give the worm burden of the horse to selectively deworm horses to prevent parasite resistance


    Unfortunately, due to injury or suffering it is sometimes necessary to relieve the suffering of an animal by ending its life. This is done through a series of injections.