SOURCE: Animal Medical Clinic of Jacksonville

February 02, 2012 10:15 ET

Jacksonville Veterinarian Announces Equine Care and Coggins Testing Program

JACKSONVILLE, TX--(Marketwire - Feb 2, 2012) - Animal Medical Clinic in Jacksonville, Texas announced that veterinarian Dr. Ira L. Stephens provides some equine care services. In addition to his work at the animal hospital, Dr. Stephens has extensive experience working with large animals on farms, ranches and stockyards in Houston, the Texas Panhandle and the Rio Grande Valley. The animal clinic's equine vet care program includes preventive medicine, annual exams, vaccinations, nutrition services and routine Coggins Testing. Treatment is provided as a house-call service at this time.

Equine veterinarian Dr. Ira L. Stephens announced that Animal Medical Clinic in Jacksonville, Texas provides some equine vet services, including Coggins Testing.

"We are proud to offer the Jacksonville community equine care," said Dr. Stephens. "I have been working with horses and large farm animals for over four decades, and enjoy working with horse owners to provide quality wellness care."

As part of its equine wellness program, the animal clinic provides preventive medicine, annual health exams, vaccinations and Coggins Testing. Animal Medical Clinic is a federal lab for Coggins testing. The Coggins test examines a blood sample from a horse to diagnose if the horse has contracted Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA), also sometimes referred to as swamp fever. Equine Infectious Anemia is a viral infection that does not currently have a vaccine or a known cure.

"As EIA does not currently have a vaccine or a cure, it is important to diagnose horses with this disease to protect other horses from contracting EIA," said Dr. Stephens. "Most horses will not die from this disease, but instead be asymptomatic carriers. Horse owners can take steps to manage the health of an infected horse and protect their other horses from infection. We recommend yearly Coggins testing to all horse owners."

Dr. Stephens graduated from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1968. Following graduation, Dr. Stephens gained experience working in the Port City Stock Yard in Houston and Sealy. He worked closely with large animals as a farm animal vet in the Texas Panhandle and Rio Grande Valley, and also held a decade-long position with the Texas Animal Health Commission.

After relocating to East Texas, Dr. Stephens founded Animal Medical Clinic.

According to Dr. Stephens, his goal in founding the vet clinic was simple: "I wanted to provide the best possible small animal and equine vet care to the local community in a family-friendly environment."

"Over the years our animal clinic has grown, and we continually update our technology to offer the latest services and provide high quality, compassionate care," said Dr. Stephens. "But we remain committed to our mission of being a 'small town, family-friendly' vet clinic, where we know your name and your pet's name."

Dr. Stephens also provides small animal vet care, including wellness exams, vaccinations, spay and neuter services and pet boarding for dogs and cats. The clinic has an in-house pharmacy and also provides emergency care services for pets during regular office hours.

Individuals who wish to learn more about the equine care and pet care services available at the animal clinic can visit the practice's website,

Contact Information

  • Animal Medical Clinic
    Jacksonville, TX