Welcome to The Equine Center

Department

WellCare Center

Maintain your horse at optimum health

The Equine Center’s Veterinarians can help you design and implement a vaccination and deworming program that is most appropriate for your horse or herd.

Good equine health practices include:

  • Vaccination program customized for your horse
  • Regular deworming
  • Good nutrition
  • Regular dental care
  • Annual physical exam

The goal of wellness or preventive medicine is to maintain optimum health in your horse. Good equine health practices include good nutrition, regular deworming and parasite monitoring, a vaccination program suited to your horse’s circumstances, and regular dental care.

Yearly physical and dental exams can improve and lengthen your horse’s life by identifying and resolving potential problems early, thereby reducing the risk of illness later in life. Dental health in the horse is often overlooked, but is vital to your horse’s overall wellbeing at all life stages. Improper dental care may lead to colic, choke, nutritional deficiency, infection, discomfort, and weight loss. TEC’s veterinarians have a special interest in all forms of equine dentistry and are here to offer your horse the latest in equine dental services.

EFFECTIVE AFFORDABLE CARE WITH WELLCARE EQ DESIGNED JUST FOR YOU AND YOUR HORSE

The Equine Center’s Veterinarians can help you design vaccination and deworming plans that are most appropriate for your horse or herd. In order to evaluate and maintain the efficacy of your deworming program, we recommend routine fecal analysis; a valuable technique used for parasite identification

The Equine Center has multiple wellness programs available to suit your horse’s needs.  All horses on a TEC wellness program are eligible to receive emergency services, if ever needed.  The Equine Center is dedicated to providing prompt emergency services to our established clientele and their animals.

We offer a very effective and affordable wellness program, called WellCare EQ™. It is an exclusive equine wellness program designed to optimize your horse’s health by encouraging preventive care to identify and treat problems before they become serious. Horses on this program have proven to be four times less likely to need hospital services than horses not on a veterinary supervised preventative healthcare program. Most horses that enroll in The Equine Center’s WellCare EQ programs, and stay compliant with the programs’ guidelines, qualify for up to $10,000.00 in surgical colic expenses from companies like SmartPAK™ and Platinum Performance™.

 

Choose the plans that is right for your Horse

 

WellCare EQ™

$27

per month

One Time Enrollment fee of $165

Farm Call

Annual Exam

-Physical Exam

-Body Scoring

-Dental Evaluation

-Nutritional Review


Core vaccinations

-Sleeping Sickness

-Tetanus

-Rabies

-Rhinopneumonitis

-Influenza

-West Nile Virus


Deworming twice a year

-Quest Plus

-Strongid P with Reminder in 180 days

Fecal Parasite Egg Count

Sand Test

15% discount for TEC hospital services

$5000.00 in reimbursement for immunized

diseases

Enrollment fee of $165.00, then only $27.00/month

for continuous protection

OR

A One Time Fee of $295.00 per year

WellCare EQ Plus™

$36

per month

One Time Enrollment fee of $220.00

Farm Call 1

Semi-Annual Exam

-Physical Exam

-Body Scoring

-Dental Evaluation

-Nutritional Review

Core vaccinations

-Sleeping Sickness

-Tetanus

-Rabies

-Rhinopneumonitis

-Influenza

-West Nile Virus

Quest Plus

Strongid P with Reminder

in 90 days

Fecal Parasite Egg

Count

Sand Test

Farm Call 2

Semi-Annual Exam

-Physical Exam

-Body Scoring

-Dental Evaluation

-Nutritional Review

Core vaccinations

-Rhinopneumonitis

-Influenza

Quest Plus

Strongid P - Reminder

in 90 days

15% discount for TEC hospital services

$5000.00 in reimbursement for immunized

diseases

$210.00, then only $36.00/month

for continuous protection

OR

A One Time Fee of $395.00 per year

WellCare EQ Platinum™

$110

per month

One Time Enrollment fee of $200.00

Farm Call 1

Semi-Annual Exam

-Physical Exam

-Body Scoring

-Dental Evaluation

-Nutritional Review

Core vaccinations

-Sleeping Sickness

-Tetanus

-Rabies

-Rhinopneumonitis

-Influenza

-West Nile Virus

Quest Plus

Strongid P with Reminder in

90 days

Fecal Parasite Egg

Count

Sand Test

$75.00 Dental Service Credit

Complete Blood Count

Serum Chemistry

Annual Front Feet Radiographs and

Metron Hoof Health Report

Farm Call 2

Semi-Annual Exam

-Physical Exam

-Body Scoring

-Dental Evaluation

-Nutritional Review

Core vaccinations

-Rhinopneumonitis

-Influenza

Quest Plus

Strongid P with Reminder

in 90 days

Complete Blood Count

Serum Chemistry

One Year Supply of Platinum Performance™ daily supplement 

$8000 of Colic Surgery Coverage 

Unlimited scheduled Farm Calls

One Free Emergency call

15% discount for TEC hospital services

$5000.00 in reimbursement for immunized

diseases

Enrollment fee of $200.00, then only $110.00/month

for continuous protection

OR

A One Time fee of $1200.00 per year

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Are farm calls really free and when are the free farm calls available?

—YES!  Farm calls are really free and unlimited for horses enrolled in WellCare EQ™Platinum.  Free Farm calls are available on a prescheduled basis in the afternoon. North County Calls available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. SLO and South County calls available on Wednesdays and Fridays.

How many Free Emergency visits a year do I get?

—Emergency fees are waived for one call once per enrollment period for horses enrolled in WellCare EQ™ Platinum. All other costs for the visit are charged separately.

I am on The Equine Center’s wellness programs. Is my horse automatically enrolled for Platinum Performance’s Colic Coverage?

—Yes and No. With WellCare EQ and WellCare EQ Plus your horse is eligible, but you still need to enroll in the Colic Coverage program. With WellCare EQ Platinum your horse is signed up and covered.

What is a Complete Blood Count (CBC) and Serum Chemistry and why does my horse need it?

—The CBC quantifies the types of cells in a blood sample—specifically the red cells, the white cells and the platelets. Run on a sample of whole blood that has been blended with an anticoagulant, the CBC is a general-purpose screening tool that can yield a great deal of information about a horse’s general health. The Serum Chemistry focuses on the clear, yellowish liquid left after all the solid blood cells are removed by clotting and then centrifuging, the serum chemistry profiling can identify levels of various proteins and enzymes, electrolytes and other biochemicals that indicate overall health as well as individual organ function.

 

What is a Metron Hoof Report?

—This is an image-based report using radiographs and photographs to track the health and balance of your horse’s front feet.  The report includes specific measurements to aid you and your farrier in the best care for your horse.

What other benefits do I get by signing up for a wellness plan? 

—WellCare EQ™ members in good standing receive preferred scheduling and get a 15% discount for all services, performed at The Equine Center, including dentistry.

What happens if I sell my horse?

—You can transfer the remaining balance of the program to the new owner free of charge (in The Equine Center practice area), or apply the remaining program services to another horse under the same ownership. There are no refunds for horses that move out of The Equine Center’s practice area.

Can I pay monthly?

—Yes, for WellCare EQ it is $165 initiation then $27/month for continuous coverage. WellCare Plus is $220 initiation then $36/month for continuous coverage. WellCare EQ Platinum costs $200 initiation then $110/month for continuous coverage.

Our staff

Joy Altermatt, DVM, MS, DACT
Reproduction

As a dedicated specialist in large animal fertility, Dr. Altermatt has performed thousands of transvaginal follicular aspirations in both mares and cows for oocyte transfer, ICSI and IVF cycles,...

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Emily E Bardo, DVM
Staff DVM

Dr. Emily Bardo is a native Californian who grew up on the coast in Half Moon Bay. She studied Animal Science at Cal Poly SLO and then went on...

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James K Waldsmith, DVM
Practice Owner

Dr. James K. Waldsmith has owned and operated The Equine Center since 1985. His professional interests are thermography, sports medicine, rehabilitation, reproduction and preventive medicine.

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Our services

Ultrasonography

Ultrasound is a specialized imaging technique that uses inaudible sound waves to create an image of soft tissue structures. It is one of our most frequently used non-invasive diagnostic tools.

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In House Laboratory

At The Equine Center two in-house laboratories provide hematology, blood chemistry and microbiological services.

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Hospital Services

Our hospital is prepared and equipped to service any equine medical need. Whether it be emergency, diagnostic, neonatal, preventative, rehabilitative or reproductive care, we are available to meet your horse’s needs.

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Video Endoscopy

The Equine Center has an extensive range of video endoscopes, with sizes suitable for the smallest foal and the largest horse.

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Digital Radiography

The state-of-the-art digital radiography systems at The Equine Center are powerful, high speed x-ray machines that make it possible to image difficult body parts such as the neck, chest, and pelvis of large adult horses.

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