Clay Creek Equine Veterinary Services

Clay Creek Equine Veterinary Services Excellence in equine healthcare and animal chiropractic medicine The goal of Clay Creek Equine is to provide excellent on-farm care to each patient, while developing a close relationship with the owners.

Dr. Cordivano strives for the highest level of care and open communication between all invested parties. Clay Creek Equine is a full-service ambulatory equine veterinary practice covering southeastern Pennsylvania, parts of Maryland, Delaware and southern New Jersey. We are now offering animal chiropractic services! Appointment hours are flexible, so please call to schedule.

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On #internationalwomensday we tip our hat to the women that wear many hats: horse doctors, spouses, mothers, leaders, friends, researchers, trailblazers and so much more. THANK YOU for your ever-growing impact on the health and welfare of the horse and the future of equine practice!

Don't miss this one!!!

Don't miss this one!!!

📣 Calling all horse owners and enthusiasts! 📣

Join us NEXT TUESDAY, October 5, 2021, for the second installment of the 2021-22 #FirstTuesdayLecture Series: "Sinking Your Teeth Into Equine Dentistry," presented by Dr. Amelie McAndrews.

This virtual event is open to any and all interested and is FREE to attend. We hope to 'see' you there!

To learn more and register today, visit:

Who runs the world?!😏

Who runs the world?!😏

Join us on #internationalwomensday to celebrate the wonder women that dedicate their life to equine veterinary medicine!

Did you know? Female veterinarians make up for 53% of the entire AAEP membership, and female students account for 90% of all AAEP student members. Let's hear it for some of the strongest, smartest, most hardworking women out there!

Sedated oral exams are essential!

Sedated oral exams are essential!

Time for fecal checks!!!

Time for fecal checks!!!


Deworming horses may be something you’ve been doing the same way for as long as you can remember— most likely every eight weeks or so, rotating between classes of dewormers with each treatment.

What you should know, is that commonly used strategies for parasite control in adult horses are based largely on knowledge and concepts that are more than 50 years old. The old-school approach is not only quickly becoming outdated; it's also a waste of time and money, and builds parasite resistance.

Rather than just going through the motions this fall, be smart and consult your veterinarian on how to best deworm your horse(s)! Working with your horse doctor to create a targeted deworming plan for each horse/farm is actually less work, less expensive, and more effective than the rotational deworming program of the old days.

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The full AAEP Parasite Control Guidelines can be found at

Just a reminder, it's time for a check up! Get in touch!

Just a reminder, it's time for a check up! Get in touch!

If you have any issues with the office end of things, call this guy!

If you have any issues with the office end of things, call this guy!

So important!!!

So important!!!

Did you know fall grass could be just as dangerous as spring grass for a laminitis-prone horse?

Most horse owners know they should be wary of lush spring grass, which produces large amounts of sugary substances to give the pasture energy to grow. What you may not know, is that fall grass also accumulates high levels of soluble sugars and carbohydrates, due to the combination of warm days and cool nights, as well as increased precipitations.
For horses at higher risk of developing laminitis, this refreshed grass may be enough to push them over the edge.

While the exact mechanisms by which the feet are damaged due to laminitis remain a mystery, certain precipitating events can produce the condition. Although laminitis occurs in the feet, the underlying cause is often a disturbance elsewhere in the horse's body (like overfeeding).
By learning more about this condition, you may be able to minimize the risks of laminitis in your horse or control the long-term damage if it does occur.

Learn more about laminitis on our website at and, as always, contact your veterinarian for more information and advice tailored to your horse's individual situation.

I just love this mare...Lil Star, you are a fighter! Congrats to Rocky and her owner High Hopes Farm of West Grove!

I just love this mare...Lil Star, you are a fighter! Congrats to Rocky and her owner High Hopes Farm of West Grove!

Congratulations to Rocky Dare and STARLIGHTSNDIAMONDS for taking home the Novice Horse Open Level 3 (Day 2) win today at the Mid Atlantic Reining Classic for owner High Hopes Farms!


Can't afford to miss this one, guys!!!

Can't afford to miss this one, guys!!!



The NYPD saluting the hospital ship "Comfort" leaving New York on May 1. (Edward Woods photo)


Hi to all! I wanted to touch base during this stress-filled time to check in with all of my clients. COVID-19 is having. and will continue to have. resounding effects on all of our lives.

Using my best knowledge and research, and in accordance with the American Veterinary Medical Association, I will only be seeing emergency cases this week. I will re-assess the situation and post again next weekend regarding the schedule.

I hope this helps you to realize the gravity of the situation and the small, but meaningful impact that we, as individuals, can have on our community if we practice increased social distancing tactics.

As always, I am here to help you in an emergency. I am also, as per usual, available via phone and text. If you want to get fancy (or show me something in live time), we can do Messenger Video calls or Zoom chats! If you are sick and your horse needs to be seen, please arrange for someone else to do the handling or let me know and I can bring an assistant.

Sending warmest wishes for the continued safety of you and your family, both 2- and 4-legged. And if you're freaked out and just want to chat, call me for that, as well!


No known cases, but just FYI!!!

No known cases, but just FYI!!!


Strangles was one of the first equine diseases to be described by the early writers of veterinary science. Unfortunately, not a great deal about the disease has changed over the centuries.

Strangles is still widely reported in North America and all other areas with major populations of horses. One of the main factors contributing to the spread of the disease is the movement of horses, particularly those that no longer show clinical signs but still shed the organism in their nasal secretions.

The organism that causes strangles is a bacterium called Streptococcus equi. Transfer from horse to horse usually involves direct face-to-face contact, or exposure of horses to such things as contaminated feed, water, hands, veterinary instruments or grooming tools. A stall or van recently used to house or transport a horse that is shedding the organism may also be a source of infection.

Classic signs of the disease include sudden onset of fever as high as 106 degrees F, thick yellow nasal discharge, and swollen lymph nodes under the jaw. Because strangles is so contagious, strict measures to control its spread must be taken. Without control measures, a strangles outbreak will ultimately affect all susceptible horses, last longer, and have a greater chance of leading to complications.

Contact your veterinarian to learn more about this disease and how to prevent it. A disease factsheet courtesy of the Equine Disease Communication Center is also available at

Source | "Strangles: New Millennium, Same Disease" by John Timoney, BSc, MVB, MRCVS, MS, PhD, DSc

#aaep #aaep #equinevets #horsedoctors #veterinarymedicine #equestrianlife #strangles #vaccines #infectiousdisease #edcc



Emma Peek, a MI rider in the early 1900's, riding an Irish horse named St. Patrick over a 7 ft. fence.

We just donated here since our gift will be matched. We are thinking of you all in Australia!

We just donated here since our gift will be matched. We are thinking of you all in Australia!


If you have been wondering what you can do to support the many veterinarians working with wildlife, horses and other livestock affected by the Australia wildfires, The Foundation for the Horse is currently accepting aid through its Disaster Relief Fund. The Foundation will also match the first $10,000 in donations.

The sheer scope of the catastrophe compels the charitable arm of the AAEP in this instance to reach out beyond its horse-centric mission dedicated to improving the health and welfare of equines. “We are all vets first, before being equine vets, and although our dollars may be needed in the future for rebuilding or for another disaster, this is now,” said Lisa Metcalf, DVM, MS, DACT, chair of The Foundation’s Disaster Medicine Subcommittee.

To support the needs of the affected veterinarians and those on the front lines in Australia, please share this post and donate online at
All contributions will be distributed to the Australia Veterinary Association’s Benevolent Fund.

Pictures by PYT Equine Photography​

#strongertogether #australia #veterinarymedicine

There is sale coming up (1/7-1/9) if you need anything! Happy New Year!

There is sale coming up (1/7-1/9) if you need anything! Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a Happy New Year!



A #veterinarian life... Happy holidays all! #santa

Still catching up from my adventures at the AAEP convention, but I'm happy to be back to utilize all of the knowledge ga...

Still catching up from my adventures at the AAEP convention, but I'm happy to be back to utilize all of the knowledge gained at this conference!


Award-winning and renowned equine orthopedic surgeon Dr. Dean Richardson truly delivered during this morning’s Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture. His presentation of the surgical opportunities available for fracture repair in equines is nothing short of outstanding.

Dr. Richardson, whose accomplishments encompass caring for some of the world’s most famous horses, including 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, is the Charles W. Raker Chair in Equine Surgery and Chief of Large Animal Surgery at Penn Vet New Bolton Center.

Thank you Platinum Performance for sponsoring this incredible lecture, which is named for AAEP past president and distinguished life member Dr. Frank J. Milne.

#AAEPDenver #aaep #horsedocs #equinevets #veterinarymedicine #newskills #goodfriends #yourpassion #healthypractice

In case you need anything!

In case you need anything!

Hope you are enjoying your Thanksgiving!

Hope you are enjoying your Thanksgiving!

REALLY good info!!!

REALLY good info!!!


Good, then this post is for you. And if you're not, then it's even more important you read on!

Cleaning and disinfecting stalls is critically important for biosecurity, especially in controlling disease outbreaks. However, much misinformation exists when it comes to correct biosecurity procedures.

Cleaning and disinfecting a stall is not for the faint at heart -- it takes detergent and manual labor before any surface can be effectively treated with chemicals in order to kill pathogens.

The good news is that, once again, hard work pays off! Studies have shown that over 90% of bacteria are removed from surfaces that are thoroughly cleaned first. Considering that equine herpesviruses, influenza viruses, and equine arteritis virus are lipid-enveloped, cleaning surfaces with detergent will disrupt this envelope, helping to render these
viruses inactive.
PS: Remember to disinfect crossties and under floor mats as well!

If you are interested in learning more, excellent infection control and disinfectant information is available on both the AAEP and the Equine Disease Communication Center's websites.

#aaep #horsedocs #equinevets #veterinarymedicine #equinemedicine #dvmlife #goodtoknow #biosecurity #cleaning #squeakyclean #cleanfreak #disinfecting #cleaninghacks



Gastric ulcer disease is a common problem in equines and it affects over 60% of adult horses (depending on age, performance, and evaluated populations.) While Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS) is more prevalent in high performance horses, it's important to remember that any horse can be affected, as all equines suffer from stress (like traveling, stall confinement, changes in diet, etc.) which may result over time in gastric ulcers.

The signs of ulcers a horse might show are highly variable between individuals, but they usually include variations of "bad behavior" like general grumpiness, reluctance to perform, cribbing and teeth-grinding, tail-swishing and other behaviors suggesting restlessness and physical discomfort. Rough hair coat, weight loss and poor body condition are also common.

If your horse is exhibiting any of these signs, it may be time to consult your veterinarian rather than just chalk them off as behavioral or training issues. Proper diagnosis is crucial to get appropriate treatment started promptly, and your horse doctor will also be able to make recommendations for environmental and management changes that can you help prevent a relapse of ulcers in the future.

#aaep #horsedocs #equinevets #veterinarymedicine #equinemedicine #equestrianlifestyle #horseownerstruggles #goodtoknow #getadvm #gastriculcers #stress

Time to get organized!!!

Time to get organized!!!


Now that #fall has officially begun, it’s tempting to be distracted by seasonal activities and pumpkin spice coffee runs away from the barn. However, keep in mind that this time of the year is also ideal to prepare your horse and your property for the arrival of winter.

Your veterinarian is one of your greatest allies this season, and they can help you make short work of many items on the horse owner fall-checklist. Besides discussing vaccination and dewormers, use this time to chat about what plants and trees become toxic in the fall; at what temperature sheets and blankets might be a good idea; recommended changes in nutrition and exercise program.

Your horse doctor has your equine friend's best interest at heart. Let them help you and your horse ease into the colder season without a hitch!

#aaep #horsedocs #equinevets #veterinarymedicine #equinemedicine #dvmlife #equestrianlifestyle #horseownerstruggles #allthingsfall #fallyall #fallchecklist #beprepared #winteriscoming


Being a veterinarian can be one of the most gratifying careers in the world, but it's easy to forget that horse doctors also face a slew of serious stressors that may contribute to poor mental health: from work-life balance struggles and concerns about getting injured, to compassion fatigue and financial strain due to excessive educational debt.

If you are reading this and you are struggling -- or are supporting someone who is, -- we want you to know that it's ok not to be ok. Whatever you are going through, please remember that help is available and that YOU'RE NOT ALONE.

On #WorldSuicidePreventionDay, let us be reminded that many out there are suffering in silence. Be kind and compassionate to others -- they may be fighting a battle you know nothing about.

Artwork by Charlie Mackesy

#aaep #horsedoctors #veterinarymedicine #healthypractice #mentalhealth

This has a ton of great info for those needing to build a dry lot.... not that ANY of my patients are fat or anything😆

This has a ton of great info for those needing to build a dry lot.... not that ANY of my patients are fat or anything😆

Check out our newest infographic on dry lot layout and design. This infographic was created by Aubrey Jaqueth, PhD.


415 Spring Mill Rd
Chadds Ford, PA


(610) 350-4575


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Meet our panelists for our first podcast! Dr. Stacey Cordivano owns Clay Creek Equine Veterinary Services in the northeastern US, a solopreneur! In addition to a busy sport horse practice, Stacey also has a podcast called the Whole Veterinarian (available on iTunes and Android), and enjoys fixing up her farmhouse with her husband and kids. Next meet Dr. Daizie Labelle, managing partner at Petaluma Equine California. Daizie's practice is a surgical facility, ambulatory service, and rehab location. Daizie has also worked in biotech with companies such as Nanosyn and Kindred Bio. Stay tuned for panelists 3 and 4 tomorrow!