Equine Services

Stable Calls

Dr. Matt Schaefer has a large service area, encompassing the Door Peninsula, Northeastern Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Dr. Schaefer specializes in equine dental work, but also provides geriatric care, lameness exams, routine care, health consultations, and emergency care.

Equine Pharmacy


Equine Dentistry

During a dental exam, Dr. Matt Schaefer employs the use of a full mouth speculum with the horse under light sedation. Only by doing this can any one evaluate the entire mouth. This then allows correction of any abnormalities present, using an array of dental equipment, including hand floats (files), motorized burrs and motorized files. Dr. Schaefer’s experience and these tools allow the procedure to be quicker and more efficient than a typical float. He can then focus on the abnormalities or problem areas on each horse. Most horses are back to normal and have a better overall appetite and attitude than before. DVS Equine Services makes sure the client receives a dental record after the work is done and strongly encourages the owner to be present. Many of Dr. Matt's newsletters deal with equine dental issues and why regular dental work is essential to your horse's overall well-being.  Dr. Matt has recently added a periodontal unit to his dental equipment and is able to fill caries, improving the overall health of horses with significant decay and preventing more serious issues. Please call the office with any specific questions or to set up an appointment.

In-House Laboratory Services

  • Quantitative Fecal Analysis to determine parasite levels and adjust worming protocol
  • Snap Foal Test to detect low IgG levels
  • We send out samples for Aerobic Cultures, Allergy Testing, and blood work to laboratories best suited to our clients' needs

Lameness and Pre-purchase Exams

The basics of any lameness exam or pre-purchase exams follows a predictable but consistent format: History taking; examination from a distance looking at conformation, symmetry and posture; palpation of limbs, tendons, and joints; cleaning and hoof testing all feet; assessment of movement in lunging, straight away and flexion tests. This is followed by diagnostic analgesic (nerve and joint blocks), radiography and ultrasound if necessary. A plan is then developed after a diagnosis is reached. If a diagnosis is not clear, a plan is still put into place for either a referral or continued examination at a later date after a treatment is instituted. This may involve a shoeing or trim adjustment. Nevertheless, a lameness project may involve many professionals, all dedicated to the well-being of your horse. It is our pledge to maintain professional and ethical conduct with everyone involved. It is clear that a team effort is emphasized with the owner, veterinarians, and farriers.

Practical Euthanasia Consideration

Although the topic of euthanasia and humane destruction is a difficult one, we owe it to our animals the when the time comes, we are prepared. It is important that everyone is aware that the use of pentobarbital sodium injectable euthanasia is limited to certain conditions at this time. Because of this, we administer injectable euthanasia (when allowed) and we are also equipped to use a penetrating captive bolt when necessary.

Because our equine pets are also large, disposal quickly becomes an issue after the difficult decision has been made. The options for this are listed below with description of details and cost involved:

Pick up and disposal with drug:                           Pick up and disposal with-out drug:

Sandy Bay Mink Ranch                                                         Circle R Ranch

Location: Mishicot, Wisconsin                                             Location: Suamico, Wisconsin

Phone: (920)755-2834                                                            Phone: (920)434-0218

Charges: Call for amount                                                      Charges: Deceased Horse Removal Duration varies • $100; Deceased horse                                                                                                                removal for $100. All horses must be euthanized mechanically (via gunshot or                                                                                                          captive bolt). Horses euthanized with chemicals will not be accepted.


Midwest Cremation Services

Website: www.mcsofwis.com

Location: Poynette, Wisconsin

Phone: (608) 635-7270

Charges: By the Mile, they will retrieve animal

 When practical, choose an euthanasia location that is easily accessible for carcass removal equipment. Remember, horses should be handled so that no unnecessary pain or suffering is imposed prior to euthanasia.


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New Office Hours effective Dec. 1, 2018

Our Regular Schedule - Call for 24 hour emergency service 920-837-7766

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Feedback from our clients

  • ""Excellent and very knowledgeable clinic and staff. Very supportive of area's youth, their projects, and organizations!""
  • ""It's been a pleasure to have Dr. Matt as my vet for the past 21 years. He and the staff at Dairyland have always been kind & helpful.""
  • ""I cannot say enough about them! Very helpful with my potbelly pigs! I am so VERY happy I found them!!! They are so willing to help you and not deplete your bank acct!""
  • "We love you Dr. Matt! You helped Apollo keep his eye sight, you never got frustrated with my 5 million questions, you were very patient and always explained things so we could understand what was going on with him. Your staff is great at returning phone calls and making sure patients get exactly what they need. You have been the best vet ever."
  • "I want to give a huge shout out to Dr Matt Schaefer with Dairyland Veterinary Service. I had been struggling to get weight on Kahlua. She wouldn't eat anything I put in front of her. Dr Matt came out and looked at her and we discussed her attitude and habits. He had a good feeling she had ulcers so he suggested treating her with ulcerguard. I got her on it and she is just 2 days from finishing the 28 day treatment. The change in her is phenomenal. She's put on weight and now looks perfect!
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