Whether you are looking for new horse owner education, maternity and foal care, vaccinations, or dental care, Dr. Barabas offers quality care to keep your horses happy and healthy.
Goat and Sheep have been gaining popularity in North Central Florida as more people are interested in locally sourced food and fiber. Your passion is our passion, Dr. Barabas is happy to help customize a program for you.
Backyard chickens are becoming a common and enjoyable part of the family in North Central Florida. We can help you be successful with your new found passion and help with the care of your feathered friends.
From beef and dairy to family farm cattle, Hoof & Horn can help evaluate and improve the health of your herd no matter the size.
Dr. Jill Barabas lives in Gainesville Florida with her husband, Josh, and two daughters, Matilda and Esther. They share their home with three horses, three goats, two pigs, two dogs, a bearded dragon, two rats, and three cats. She has been riding horses and chasing her dreams of becoming a veterinarian since the age of five. Jill truly enjoys working with clients to find the best options for them and their animals. She is a member of the American Association for Equine Practitioners, American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners and the American Veterinary Medical Association. She has special interest in Lameness, Acupuncture, wound care, geriatric management and ophthalmology.
Baylee Carroll- Office Manager
Baylee joined Hoof and Horn in 2023 as Office Manager. Baylee grew up riding horses from the age of six and spent many years competing in English horseback riding disciplines throughout Florida and Georgia. Baylee and Dr. Jill have maintained a years-long relationship through Baylee's miniature horse, Junior, who became a patient of Jill's in 2017- and still is! After attaining her degree in Agricultural Education and Communication from the University of Florida, Baylee turned to horses as a full time occupation during the Covid-19 pandemic. For three years she worked as a horseback riding instructor, and then one year as a professional dressage groom, before joining the Hoof and Horn team. When out of office, she rides dressage, enjoys the company of her cats, and visits Florida's beautiful springs.
Becky Wilson- Head Vet Tech
Becky Wilson is a Central Florida native with a passion for farming and livestock. Becky participated in 4-H and competed in Equitation and Jumpers growing up before graduating from Rollins College. After serving in AmeriCorps for two years, she moved to North Carolina and discovered a passion for farming and dairy animals in particular. The opportunity to work in sustainable farming with Dairy Goats, Dairy Cattle, and eventually in small animal vet tech, allows her to bring a broad perspective to all our patients’ needs! Becky is pursuing her CVT and while running her small farm in Gainesville.
Tatum Godfrey- Vet Tech
Tatum has been a veterinary technician with Hoof and Horn since August of 2021. She made the switch from small animal to large, and hasn’t looked back since! Tatum grew up doing 4-H and FFA in both Virginia and Florida. She is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Florida studying Wildlife Ecology and Conservation with hopes of studying and conserving Earth’s species.
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