Horace Osborne “Sam” Ferguson, III, DVM
Dr. Ferguson graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983, Magna Laude and the distinguished Upjohn Award for best equine student clinician. His primary interest is the racehorse, with emphasis on diagnosis and therapeutic options in racehorse injuries. Current interests also include acupuncture, his in-process study on bleeding in the racehorse, standing arthroscopic surgery, and innovative ideas on treatment of tendinitis and suspensory desmitis. He has cared for many champions, serving some of the country’s top owners and trainers. He breeds and races a select few and maintains a farm and retreat center (Gleneden) with his wife, columnist and author, Jan Denise. A member of AVMA, FVMA, AAEP, and FAEP, Dr. Ferguson is licensed in Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Louisiana, Georgia, California, Texas and South Carolina. Also a licensed pilot, he is both grateful and ready to serve you.
Pete Hambleton, DVM
Dr. Hambleton graduated from Colorado State University with degrees in microbiology, equine nutrition, and veterinary medicine. He worked for Teigland & Associates in Miami, Florida, for seven years, before starting a private practice in Marion County, where he’s been since 1990. Dr. Hambleton is especially interested in equine reproduction. He is a member of AAEP. And when he’s not treating horses, he enjoys running (to keep up with them), fiddle playing, and gardening. He is a man, as well as a doctor, of substance and integrity. And Ferguson & Associates is blessed to have him as part of the team.
Hope E. Kurth
Hope Kurth has been keeping horses healthy for over 18 years, and owns and operates what we think of as the best equine lab in Marion County. Following high school, she joined the Air Force in 1988, where she received first rate laboratory training for two years, before practicing lab work with them for four. She then ran the lab for an equine hospital here in Ocala for eight years, before starting her own lab Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory LLC. She joined forces with Ferguson & Associates, as the first owner-associate, bringing her lab, a world of expertise, and a precious heart with her, in 2012. She is certified by the USDA, APHIS, VS, NVSL to provide equine infectious anemia (EIA) results and does so under the Ferguson umbrella. Her other services include full chemistry panels, IgGs, CBC with fibrinogen, body/joint fluid analysis, microbiology, parasitology, as well as autoclaving, and sendouts.
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Jose Ramos, DVM, MS
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Long before he was Dr. Ramos, Jose was a child falling in love with his family’s horses in Puerto Rico. It started with Paso Fino horses and later turned in to Thoroughbred racehorses. He grew up helping to manage the horses at the racetrack, mares and babies at the broodmare farm, and preparing yearlings for the sale. It definitely was more than a passing infatuation. Dr. Ramos earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A & M in 1993, graduated from Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998, completed his rotating internship in large animal medicine and surgery at Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (Virginia Tech) in 1999, and continued there to complete his large animal surgical residency in 2003, along with a Master of Science degree in equine surgery. Although he enjoys every aspect of equine surgery, he has special interest in equine orthopedic infections, which was the topic of his master’s degree. During his surgical residency, Dr. Ramos gained additional surgical experience at Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital in Ocala, Florida, as well as Hagyard Equine Medical Institute and Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital of Lexington, Kentucky. He practiced surgery in Puerto Rico from 2003 to 2008, getting board certified in surgery in 2005. In 2008, Dr. Ramos joined Ferguson & Associates Equine Hospital, settling in Ocala, Florida, with his wife and three children, where he practices family and medicine with the same degree of passion.
Nicholle Saylor walked through the front door of Ferguson & Associates on a Saturday morning looking for a job opening. Although she was already employed full time elsewhere, she wanted to make a change. That kind of initiative works on our team! She brought with her a fitting combination of office and veterinary medicine experience, making her a valuable player. You can find her smiling behind the front desk, ordering drugs at the best price available, and assisting in surgery. And when she’s not at the hospital, you just might find her baking worth-the-visit treats for our clients (always on the counter). A native Floridian, Nicholle grew up sharing her family’s passion for horses. She delights in trail riding and showing her quarter horses; and she’s a wonderful teacher–on and off the horse.
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