Meet Our Staff

Stephen Fisch

Stephen D. Fisch, DVM

Dr. Stephen D. Fisch has been a horse enthusiast since early childhood. He was a jockey before pursuing his DVM degree from the University of Georgia, where he graduated in 1982. He is president of AVS Equine Medical & Surgical Hospital in Tallahassee, which is the only full service equine medical and surgical referral hospital within 150 miles of Tallahassee, along with an extensive reproductive center.

Dr. Fisch's special interests are diagnosis and treatment of equine lameness, equine sports medicine and all aspects of reproduction. Dr. Fisch enjoys helping high caliber competition horses perform to the best of their ability. He is also certified in equine acupuncture.

Dr. Fisch breeds racing American Quarter horses. His spare time is spent with his wife, Kelley, and their four children - Dr. Joe, the Bureau Chief of the Division of Animal Industry for the State of Florida; Jessie who is currently working on a PhD at Georgia Tech, Casey Chaviano, PhD who is employed by Georgia Tech in Atlanta, and Zoey who is pursuing her Nurse Practitioner degree at Emory. 

Member Killearn United Methodist Church, National AQHA Director, AQHA Racing Committee, Member American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), Member Florida Association of Equine Practitioners (FAEP), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

Jennifer Godman, BVMS, MS, MRCVS

Jennifer Godman, BVMS, MS, MRCVS

Dr. Godman is a highly trained surgeon, internist, and criticalist. After graduating from the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Godman completed an internship with Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital, an Equine Internal Medicine Fellowship with Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Kentucky and a Residency in Equine Emergency and Critical Care at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center. Dr. Godman has a love for teaching and taught future veterinarians while at The Ohio State University. With her veterinary students she covered topics such as: diagnosis and management of equine colic and abdominal disease (medical & surgical), lacerations and wound management, neonatal medicine, pharmacology, joint injection and regional anesthesia, transfusion medicine, casting and splinting, sepsis/endotoxemia/SIRS, and field surgery. 

Rachel  Lacey, DVM

Rachel Lacey, DVM

Dr. Rachel Lacey has returned to AVS Equine Hospital. Although you will not see her during scheduled weekday appointments, Dr. Lacey will be helping us with our after hours emergency case load.

Dr. Lacey has a strong background in dentistry, reproduction, & emergency medicine, along with the skills needed to keep performance horses doing what they do best - performing. She is a graduate of the University Of Florida College Of Veterinary Medicine and attended the Chi Institute for Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (Acupuncture). Dr Lacey practiced at AVS Equine Hospital before moving to Alabama to be closer to family and starting her own successful  veterinary practice.