of our staff

- Dr. Patrick First -

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Dr. Patrick First grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. He spent his childhood helping care for his family’s Arabian horse farm and showing Arabians at the regional and national levels, earning multiple titles. In 2007, he was a nominee for USEF’s Young Rider of the Year. His love of horses and the industry led him to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Dr. First completed his undergraduate degree at Mississippi State University prior to attending veterinary school there. Throughout vet school, he was elected president of his class, as well as president of the student chapter of AAEP, and also received the Large Animal Surgery Award for his class. After graduation, he moved to Tallahassee, Florida where he worked as an associate veterinarian at a referral equine practice prior to starting First Equine. His professional interests include sports medicine and lameness, reproduction, and dentistry. Dr. First is a member of American Veterinary Medical Association and American Association of Equine Practitioners. In his spare time, he enjoys running, going to the beach, and spending time with Brittany.

- Dr. Brittany First -

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Dr. Brittany First is originally from Mobile, Alabama where her love of horses started at a very young age. She developed friendships in the local horse community throughout south Alabama and Mississippi riding and competing her off the track Thoroughbred, Jo. After completing her Bachelor’s degree with honors at the University of South Alabama, she attended Mississippi State University for veterinary school. After graduation Dr. First worked for two years at an equine referral practice outside Birmingham, Alabama, then moved to Tallahassee, Florida where she served as a mixed animal veterinarian throughout the area. She is certified in equine acupuncture and spinal manipulation therapy (chiropractics) through the Chi Institute and Integrative Veterinary Medical Institute. Acupuncture and spinal manipulation therapy are two of her main professional interests, in addition to preventive medicine and lameness. Dr. First is a member of American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, Florida Veterinary Medical Association, and United States Eventing Association. In her spare time, she enjoys riding, going to horse shows, dog agility, and being with Patrick, family, and friends.

The First’s are excited to offer an exclusively equine veterinary service to the local horse community. They are enjoying being back home with their two dogs, Diesel and Dolcé, Gracie their cat, and Brittany’s horse, Jo.


that we offer


  • Emergency Services
    24/7 availability

  • Preventative Medicine
    Wellness plans, Vaccinations, Coggins, Fecal Egg Counts, Sheath Cleaning, Geriatric Care

  • Lameness
    Joint Injections, Advanced Imaging, Rehabilitation, Laminitis Treatment, Hoof Balancing
  • Mesotherapy
  • Prepurchase Exam

  • Regenerative Medicine

  • Surgery
    Castrations, Mass Removal, Enucleations, Caslicks

  • Digital Radiography

  • Ultrasound

  • Thermography
  • Microchipping
  • Acupuncture

  • Spinal Manipulation

  • Performance Dentistry

  • Reproductive Services
    Artificial Insemination, Chilled Semen, Embryo Transfer, Neonatal Care, Stallion Collection

  • Educational Seminars



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