• 15107 SE 47th Avenue
  • Summerfield, FL 34491 USA
  • P: (352) 307-3001
  • F: (352) 307-3003
  • erc@petersonsmith.com

Peterson & Smith Equine Reproduction Center


hospitalPeterson & Smith Equine Hospital is a state-of-the-art, full service, 24/7 equine practice located in the heart of Ocala, Florida’s horse country. Established in 1981 by Drs. John L. Peterson and Johnny Mac Smith, it has grown to be one of the most highly recognized equine practices in the United States. With 26 veterinarians and 70 support staff, services provided range from single patient management to large farm consultations.  Peterson & Smith maintains two locations in Marion County Florida.  The referral hospital, including administrative space and ambulatory services, is located on 12 acres near the Western edge of Ocala while the Equine Reproduction Center located on 92 acres in Summerfield, Florida, about 20 minutes south of the original location. 

The hospital is a full service referral hospital consisting of the following departments:

surgSurgery: Consists of two fully equipped surgery suites, and is staffed by three board certified surgeons. The department performs a wide range of orthopedic and soft tissue procedures using the most advanced technology available.

Medicine: Offers internal medicine diagnostics, therapeutics, and intensive care management for all horses – from neonatal foals to adults. The neonatal intensive care services are led by a boarded Medicine Internist

Sports Medicine Center: Equipped with a nuclear scintigraphy unit and high-speed diagnostic treadmill, the Center’s goal is to provide the latest in diagnostics, relating to lameness or poor-performance horses. 

Ambulatory:  Our ambulatory fleet of veterinarians in the largest in the southeastern United States. It covers a 50-mile radius of Ocala and offers 24-hour coverage.

Laboratory: Our on-site diagnostic laboratory originated in 1986. It provides a wide variety of tests, with strict quality control and a short turnaround time. In addition to supporting the hospital and ambulatory departments, our lab provides services for a number of area, as well as out-of-state veterinarians.

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amIn 1999 Peterson & Smith established the state-of-the-art reproductive center. Situated in the southern part of Marion County, the Equine Reproduction Center (PSERC) conducts all aspects of assisted reproduction at its Summerfield, Florida facility. As part of the embryo transfer (ET) program we maintain one of the largest recipient mare herds in the southeastern United States. This herd of carefully selected recipient mares has allowed us to enjoy an extremely successful ET program for over 10 years. Our experience, expertise and facilities allow us to offer different options by which a breeder can participate in a successful ET program. 

The Center has been on the cutting edge of reproductive technology since its inception. In March 2003 PSERC was the first commercial veterinary operation to produce a foal from a frozen embryo in the southeastern United States. The entire process was performed at the reproduction center by Peterson & Smith veterinarians and staff. We are proud to continue the tradition of staying on the cutting edge of technology with the continued development of our intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and oocyte transfer programs. 

frPSERC also offers a full line of stallion services allowing owners to utilize their stallions in a fresh, cooled/shipped, or frozen semen breeding program. As a proud member of the Select Breeders Service Affiliate Network, we can offer our clients the leading frozen semen program in the industry. The program is designed to provide optimal service and adheres to the strictest quality control standards in the industry.  PSERC is also USDA approved for export of equine semen outside of the United States, allowing stallion owners to take full advantage of Select Breeders Service's international network of laboratories for storage and distribution of frozen semen.


Philip M. Matthews, D.V.M.

Dr. MatthewsDr. Matthews graduated from Colorado State University with a D.V.M. degree in 1981. He joined Peterson & Smith as an associate in 1981 and became a partner in 1984. Member of AAEP and AVMA since 1981. Member of the Society for Theriogenology since 1990. Dr. Matthews served on AAEP reproduction committee for 3 years and chaired same committee for an additional 3 years. Served on political liaison committee of AAEP for 3 years. Served on the Board of Directors of AAEP for 3 years. Involvement as a panel member in various AAEP presentations on all different aspects of reproduction. Conducted various presentations on theriogenology and reproductive techniques at different seminars. Current practice involves all aspects of equine medicine with a focus on reproduction, currently the director of Peterson & Smith Equine Reproduction Center.