KVA recommends bi-annual wellness examinations, not only to make sure that your horse is healthy prior to vaccination, but also to monitor body weight, body condition score (BCS link HERE), and discuss any concerns you may have. This service is complimentary with vaccination.
We follow the recommendations of the American Association of Equine Practitioners for establishing our essential (Core) and risk-based (Non-Core) vaccine protocols. Our doctors can help you determine which vaccines are appropriate for your horse or herd, and those which may be unnecessary.
Coggins (EIA) Testing
Coggins testing is required for interstate travel, most horse shows, and hospitalization at most equine clinics. The testing screens for Equine Infectious Anemia, a contagious, debilitating, and sometimes fatal disease spread by biting flies. Please click 'HERE' to be directed to the Global Vetlink website to access your online digital Coggins results.
Maintaining good and regular dental healthcare will help your horse age more gracefully. When your horse can chew effectively, he will be better able to obtain the nutrition in the grass, hay, and grains that you are providing. A thorough oral examination precedes each dental float. Each veterinarian in the practice is trained and skilled in proper dental examination and floating techniques. We also offer additional dental services such as tooth extractions, diastema burring, and dental radiography.
Deworming and Fecal Egg Count Testing
Fecal egg count testing and strategic deworming are the methods of choice for guiding deworming recommendations. With just a small amount of feces from your horse, an estimate of parasite burden can be measured. This tells us how many times per year your horse will need to be dewormed. We also provide guidance on which dewormers are best to use at certain times of the year. Our doctors are happy to discuss the benefits of these methods with you. Our Deworming and Fecal Egg Count Testing Protocol is available 'HERE'.
Health Certificates (CVI)
Also known as Certificates of Veterinary Inspection, these documents verify your horse’s health over the last 60 days. The certificate is valid for one month. A current, negative Coggins test and a brief exam confirming your horse has no current signs of illness are required for a health certificate to be completed. CVI’s are required for interstate travel, many horse shows, and often movement of horses between boarding facilities. Please click 'HERE' to be directed to the Global Vetlink website to access your online digital CVI results.
Is your horse overweight? Or maybe your horse has recently exhibited weight loss? KVA’s veterinarians are well versed in creating tailored diet plans that are most suitable for your horse’s specific needs. General weight and body condition monitoring are also a standard part of all of our wellness exams. Click ‘HERE’ for a downloadable list of Ration Balancer Pellets. Click ‘HERE’ for a downloadable Body Condition Score chart.
Wellness Bloodwork screening or monitoring
Our in-house laboratory has the capability to rapidly process bloodwork such as complete blood counts and biochemical profiles. We also work with several referral laboratories for any other testing that may be indicated.
Senior Horse Evaluations
Our doctors are passionate about helping your aging horse live his best life possible. Through our preventive healthcare services, we will evaluate for any age-related medical conditions, assess nutrition, weight, and dental health, and then formulate a plan specific to your horse’s changing needs.
Microchipping is rapidly becoming the preferred means of equine identification. It is now required for points accumulation in USEF-recognized horse show circuits, as well as for all registered Thoroughbreds born after 2017. A small ‘chip’ is placed in the crest of the horse, each with a unique numerical code. Your horse’s number can then be registered with services such as breed registries, Home Again TM , horse show associations, and more. The microchip number will also appear on all USDA-accredited paperwork, such as Coggins tests and health certificates.
The veterinarians at Kopec Veterinary Associates are happy to work with your farrier to aid in diagnosis and treatment of foot-related issues. We can meet with your farrier on the farm or at our clinic, or provide consultation only. Our digital radiographs can be directly shared with your farrier for review, with your consent.