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At PHD Equine Veterinary Services, we specialize in providing top-tier veterinary diagnostics, treatment, and rehabilitation tailored for performance horses. Dr. Michael Porter, an internal medicine specialist, leads PHD Veterinary Services treatment and rehabilitation clinic in Newberry, FL. In addition to our comprehensive on-site services, we also offer mobile veterinary care, extending our expertise to clients across north central Florida and southeastern Georgia. Trust PHD Equine Veterinary Services to keep your equine athlete performing at its peak.


Our mission is to set the gold standard of excellence in specialized veterinary medicine for equine patients. We are dedicated to enhancing the long-term health and well-being of every horse that walks through our doors. As a purpose-driven company, we strive to exceed client expectations by providing exceptional care and improving the lives of their horses.

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Dr. Michael Porter was born in Colombia, South America, but grew up in Miami, FL. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia, before moving to Gainesville, Florida in 1992.

In 1994, Dr. Porter attained his Master of Science degree, specializing in the reproductive physiology of horses. Building upon this foundation, he embarked on a dual path, simultaneously pursuing a PhD and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree at the University of Florida. His dedication was met as he obtained both degrees in 1998 and 2001, respectively.

Subsequently, Dr. Porter delved deeper into his specialization by completing a residency in large animal internal medicine at UF, culminating in his certification as a board-certified internist in 2004. That same year he joined the faculty at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine, where he envisioned and established the Mobile Equine Diagnostic Service (MEDS). For six years, from 2004 to 2010, MEDS served as top-tier veterinary care for horses across north central Florida.

In 2010, Dr. Porter embarked on a new chapter by founding Performance Horse Doc Veterinary Services, fondly known as PHD Veterinary Services, in north central Florida. Over the past decade, he has been steadfast in delivering referral-level veterinary care, extending his expertise throughout North, Central and Southwest Florida as well as South Georgia.

Driven by a commitment to serve his local community, Dr. Porter realized a longstanding dream in 2020 with the establishment of the PHD Veterinary Services Clinic in Newberry, Florida. Promptly after opening the local clinic, he recognized an unmet need for specialized care in equine rehabilitation. Thus, in late 2022, Dr. Porter expanded his practice by adding the rehabilitation barn at PHD Veterinary Services, ensuring comprehensive care for injured horses requiring rehabilitation and ongoing support.


Dr. Devon Hodge has been practicing across Florida for the past 9 years, and carries an extensive background in equine medicine. She grew up in New Jersey competing on the Hunter/Jumper circuit, and graduated from Monmouth University with a B.S. in Biology. Dr. Hodge then earned her veterinary degree from the University of Missouri, after which she completed a one-year internship at Carolina Equine Hospital.

Throughout her career Dr. Hodge has pursued advanced training in areas such as podiatry, reproduction, and acupuncture. As an FEI accredited veterinarian, she has worked at several nationally recognized show venues including The Hampton Classic, Wellington International, and WEC-Ocala. 


Dr. Hodge enjoys spending her free time with her three children, Reagan, Baron, and Trace, riding her OTTB Smokey, and doing CrossFit. 

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Our vision is to advance current technology regarding veterinary diagnostics and therapeutic modalities in the equine patient

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