David Heinze, D.V.M.
Owner and Founder
Courtney Iverson, D.V.M.
Dale Stapleton, D.V.M.
Client Care Advocate
Front Desk Associate
Chief Financial Officer
Fox Valley Equine practice serves clients within a 35-mile radius of the practice office in La Fox, IL. We serve back-yard barns to large boarding facilities, Miniature Horses to Clydesdales, pleasure horses to equine athletes, newborn foals to senior horses.
Established in 1990, by Dr. David Heinze, Fox Valley Equine Practice is dedicated to providing the best field medicine available for clients and their horses. Our mobile practice provides lameness evaluations, state-of-the-art diagnostics, reproductive services, preventative care, emergency services, surgery, dentistry, chiropractic, pre-purchase exams and cutting-edge medicine.
Fox Valley Equine wishes to be part of a team that includes owners, trainers, farriers, stable managers, caretakers and referral hospitals.
We will care for your horses as if they were our horses.
New to Fox Valley Equine Practice?
The level of care and compassion for both the animal and the owner demonstrated by Dr. Heinze and Lou Miller I witnessed this morning goes beyond description. This is not the first time that Dr. Heinze has been there for my wife in difficult and heart breaking situation, and known exactly what to say. Their concern for the well being of their patients is obvious in everything I have seen them do, and their concern and understanding of the human side of things matches it. Thank you.
I have never heard anything but good things about Dr. Heinze and the other doctors and staff from my wife, who has been using them for over 23 years, or any of the other customers at her stable.John Dufford, via Facebook Reviews
Thank you, Dr. Heinze and Dr. Courtney for coming to our barn to examine, perform Dentistry, and give vaccinations to all of our horses. We appreciated your comments and counseling as well as your extended efforts on our behalf. I especially appreciated the professional gentle manner with which you both handled our horses.Patricia and Dusty Rhoades
Always on time, available, knowledgeable, and professional. They’ve done general maintenance, injections, insulin testing, abscesses, and colic with my mare. I couldn’t ask for better service!Teegan Elliott, via Facebook Reviews
What is FVEP's practice area?
FVEP services clients in a 35-mile radius of the practice office location of 1N303 LaFox Rd, LaFox, IL. Please remember that we an ambulatory service only and cannot accept haul-ins at our office.
What breeds of horses does FVEP service?
We service all equine breeds from Minis to Clydesdales. Please note that we do not service other species, such as sheeps, goats, or alpacas.
Does FVEP offer emergency services?
Yes, we offer emergency services 24/7 365 days per year. We prefer to call on established clients. We understand that emergencies do occur for new clients. In these circumstances, we ask for payment at the time of service.
Do I need to be present when FVEP veterinarians come out?
It is encouraged for owners to be present at the time of the visit. If you cannot be there, please have your horse in the stall and tell the office staff who the veterinarian should ask for when arriving. Finally, please try to have your horse reasonably clean if we are taking photographs for the Coggins.
Will my veterinarian be on time?
The FVEP vets try their best to be on time for your appointment. Please understand that emergencies, traffic and add-ons may delay your appointment. The FVEP office staff will do their best to keep you informed of any delays or early arrivals.
How do I pay, and what payment options are available?
FVEP sends out statements at the beginning of the month. Payment is due in full by the 25th of the month following service. We accept cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express and Care Credit.
We also accept online payments through PaySimple. Simply click on the Bill Pay button at the top of this page to start the process or learn more.
EHV-1 STATUS UPDATE:
A BARN IN ELGIN HAD A HORSE TEST POSITIVE FOR EHV-1, THE NON-NEUROLOGICAL STRAIN. THIS STRAIN RARELY CAUSES NEUROLOGIC DISEASE AND MORE COMMONLY CAUSES UPPER RESPIRATORY SIGNS SUCH AS FEVER, COUGH, NASAL DISCHARGE AND LETHARGY. ONE ELDERLY HORSE PRESENTED WITH NEUROLOGIC SYMPTOMS AND HAD TO BE EUTHANIZED. THREE HORSES HAVE PRESENTED WITH A FEVER AND NO OTHER SIGNS. TWO OF THE THREE HORSES TESTED NEGATIVE FOR EHV-I. THE THIRD TEST IS PENDING.
THE RHINO VACCINE DOES OFFER A LEVEL OF PROTECTION FOR THE NON-NEUROLOGICAL STRAIN. THE RHINO VACCINE DOES NOT PROVIDE PROTECTION FOR THE NEUROLOGICAL STRAIN.
THE BARN IS UNDER SELF-QUARANTINE AND IS INSTITUTING PROPER BIOSECURITY PROTOCOLS. THE BARN WILL REMAIN UNDER QUARANTINE FOR A MINIMUM OF TWO WEEKS AFTER THE LAST FEVER. ALL FVEP VETS AND STAFF ARE FOLLOWING PROPER BIOSECURITY PROTOCOLS.
– August 2016: FVEP transitions to the industry-best practice software, Triple Crown. Soon we’ll have the ability to offer you electronic billing, vaccine reminders, and more.
– May 2016: FVEP welcomes Jennie Dalton to the staff as our first Client Care Advocate. Jennie’s role is dedicated to serving you, our clients!