Veterinary Services

Increasing access to veterinary care and educating individuals about the importance of preventative medicine


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.

Small Ruminant

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 Birds

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.

Serving Gilchrist, Alachua, Colombia, Marion, Levy, Union, Bradford, Putnum and Dixie Counties

Making Your Appointment Time Count

In order to best serve our patients and clients, we have altered our pricing model to charge based on time spent rather than per each exam performed. This allows Dr. Barabas to see more patients of various species in an appointment, and to give them the best care and attention.

Jill Barabas, DVM

Dr. Jill Barabas lives in Gainesville Florida with her husband, Josh, and two daughters, Matilda and Esther. They share their home with three horses, two dogs, a bearded dragon, 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.

Nichole Newman- Practice Manager

Nichole is a wife and mom of one. She shares a home with two dogs and three accidentally acquired stray kitties. She has a long background of medical management in small animal medicine and human medicine as well as an extensive law-enforcement background. She has her degree in business management and health information technology as well as a certified veterinary assistant. In addition to running the office side of our practice, she currently spends her free time teaching her young son how to ride western and take care of the working family farm. Nichole and her husband recently purchased their own land to start their own family farm and are building a house. During her free time, it’s pretty much guaranteed that you’ll catch Nichole on the boat fishing or fishing on the beach with her husband and her son!

Tatum Godfrey- Veterinary Technician

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. 

Becky Wilson- Veterinary Technician

Becky Wilson is a Central Florida native with a passion for farming and livestock. From childhood, Becky participated in 4-H club and rode horses competitively. Throughout lower school and college she competed in Equitation and Jumpers 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 our newest Tech to bring a broad perspective to all our patients’ needs! Becky is currently buying land for her horses, goats, chickens, livestock guardian dog, and kitties to join her in Gainesville.


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