About Our Company...

4Hooves Large Animal Services, LLC, previously 4HFES and NCSMART, LLC , is privately owned company dedicated to the equine and livestock industry. Owned and operated by Justin and Tori McLeod, 4HLAS has been providing a variety of equine and livestock related services to owners, veterinarians, and industry professionals for over a decade. Based in Spring Lake, North Carolina, we are within a short driving distance from Southern Pines, Sanford, Fayetteville and Raleigh, as well as only two-hours from the South Carolina state line and 3-hours from the Virginia State line. 4HLAS combines the services provided by three specialized units, 4Hooves Farm Equine Services (4HFES), North Carolina Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team (NC SMART), and North Carolina Equine Assistance and Specialized Transport (NC EAST).


We specialize in large animal technical rescue emergency response and training for emergency responders and veterinary professionals, emergency preparedness and trailer safety training for equine and livestock owners and professionals, equine emergency and non-emergency transport, emergency evacuation assistance, barn/ facility fire prevention and response consultations, trailer safety consultations, equine and livestock event stand-by, large animal capture using chemical immobilization (with veterinary assistance), as well as equine and livestock end of life services. 


We maintain a Commercial Liability Policy with Markel Insurance, a well-known and reputable insurance agency that caters to equine owners and professionals.  Our policy covers, in addition to the basic coverage, medical/injury/illness coverage per equine not owned by us that is in our care, custody, and control should anything occur during transport leading to the serious illness, injury, or death of the equine. 


We take pride in providing our emergency and non-emergency services with a high level of professionalism, state-of-the-art response and transport vehicles, large cache’ of basic and advanced animal technical rescue equipment, equine and livestock handling and management skillset, and decades of education, training, and real-world experience in emergency services and incident response.


As equine and livestock owners and professionals, you have a lot to think about... nutrition, healthcare, training, breeding, riding, transporting, medical emergencies, after-life plans, finances, insurance, and the list goes on… As emergency responders, you never know what type of situation or incident you will be facing until you arrive on-scene... some situations or incidents will involve large animals (equines, livestock, exotics, etc.).  Let 4Hooves Large Animal Services, LLC be your “go to” resource for equine and livestock related services, if we are unable to provide the requested service, we will attempt to assist you the best way we can by providing contact information for additional resources or provide guidance over the phone.


After viewing the information throughout our website, should you have any additional questions or comments please don’t hesitate to contact us via email, phone, or join our FaceBook group “4Hooves Large Animal Services” and we will respond as soon as possible.


In the years to come, 4HLAS hopes to become one of the most sought-after companies for equine ambulance services at equine events, a trusted contact of veterinarians for specialized transport of medically compromised equine patients in the southeastern United States, a resource for emergency services to call upon to assist with large animal rescue and recovery operations during natural disasters and small or large scale emergency incidents, and a highly recommended service provider for equine and livestock owners and industry professionals.

About the Owners



Tori has owned and managed equines and other livestock for over 35 years. In addition to co-owning 4Hooves Large Animal Service,s LLC with her husband and being the Executive Director of SHR, she is currently a full-time career Captain in a Public Safety E-911 (emergency communications center) and a Large Animal Technical Rescue instructor within the North Carolina community college system.  

In addition to her career and businesses, she is also an Assistant Instructor for Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue, Inc. (www.tlaer.org), certified NC REINS (North Carolina Regional Equine Information Network System) educator, certified Fire Emergency Services and Criminal Justice General Instructor, certified Emergency Telecommunicator Certification Instructor, certified local Communications Unit Leader (COML) working on All Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT) COML state credentialing, an Equine Cruelty Investigations Instructor and Investigator, certified Chemical Immobilization Technician, and a volunteer member of the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - Field Investigations Response (ASPCA-FIR) team.  She previously spent several years as a small and large animal veterinary assistant/technician, equine facility manager, and Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic and volunteered with a local fire department assisting with rescue calls.  

Tori has been training and instructing in the specialty of large animal technical emergency rescue and equine cruelty investigations since 2001.  Tori continues to advance her education training in 911 Emergency Communications and Fire/Rescue fields as well as equine management and strives to improve upon the current large animal rescue protocols and techniques, as well as the rehabilitation and recovery of neglected and abused equines, based on the education and training she obtains. 

When she is not striving to expand her knowledge base, she enjoys advancing through the levels of Natural Horsemanship training, spending time with her family, horses and dogs, and traveling.  



Justin met Tori in 2006, and that is where his love and understanding of horses truly began. He had previously worked with cattle and crops on his uncle’s farm and had ridden horses but never really had any formal training or experience. 

Along with Tori, he co-owns 4Hooves Large Animal Services, LLC and is a Board of Directors member with SHR.

He currently is a career Lieutenant with the Fire / Rescue Service and an Emergency Medical Technician working full time with a local multifaceted fire department, along with being a Large Animal Technical Rescue instructor within the North Carolina community college system.  He also volunteers with other local fire and rescue departments. 

 Justin, like Tori, is an Assistant Instructor with TLAER Inc., as well as being a certified Fire Emergency Services Instructor.  He has been training and instructing in the specialty of Large Animal Technical Rescue since 2006 and has numerous certifications in all aspects of the fire and rescue service.  

He is also a certified Equine Cruelty Investigator, certified Chemical Immobilization Technician, an animal services euthanasia technician, and a volunteer member of the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - Field Investigations Response (ASPCA-FIR) team. Justin continues to develop and improve upon his horsemanship skills through the study of Natural Horsemanship and learning from other well versed equine professionals.

When Justin is not involved in any of the above, he can often be found doing things around the family farm, hunting and fishing, at the shooting range, or traveling with family and friends.  

About Our Veterinary Advisor...


Dr. Lisa Kivett grew up in Kinston, North Carolina where she enjoyed riding hunter/jumpers and dressage horses. Lisa attended NC State University for undergraduate studies, pursuing a degree in Animal Science. After completing three years of undergraduate training, Lisa was admitted early to the College of Veterinary Medicine at NC State University.

During veterinary school, Lisa was an active member of many organizations, co-founded a student chapter of the Society for Theriogenology (veterinary reproduction) and served as president of the student chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, where she implemented many new programs and founded the “youth horseman’s day” which is an ongoing event at the vet school. Lisa also supplemented her education by attending equine-specific conferences, completing a research project on embryo transfer, and working as a technician in the large animal teaching hospital on weekends.

Following graduation from NC State in 2007, Lisa completed a rotating internship in equine medicine and surgery at Louisiana State University, followed by a three-year residency in equine internal medicine at Auburn University. As a resident, Lisa worked under the guidance of highly-trained specialists to hone her skills in neurology, cardiology, neonatology, gastroenterology, respiratory medicine, musculoskeletal disorders, ultrasound, endoscopy, and much more. During that time, she also earned a Masters degree in Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Lisa's Masters thesis involved a prospective scientific study of the effects of phenylbutazone (“Bute”) and firocoxib (“Equioxx) on equine lameness. She obtained board certification from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2013.


Lisa is certified in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue at the Operations Level through TLAER, Inc. which is a world renowned large animal technical rescue course instructed by subject matter experts Dr. Tomas Gimenez (retired) and Dr. Rebecca Gimenez.  In addition to being the advisory veterinarian for 4HFES and NCSMART, LLC, Lisa is an active member and on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Equine Assistance and Specialized Transport (www.NC-EAST.com) team based in Southern Pines, North Carolina, as well as advisory and attending veterinarian for Sandhills Horse Rescue, a non-profit equine rescue organization based in the sandhills area of North Carolina. 

4Hooves Large Animal Services, LLC is blessed and extremely fortunate to have a well-established professional relationship with Dr. Kivett, her Associate Veterinarian Dr. Emma Poole, veterinary technician Kelli Kwapnioski, and the rest of her clinic staff.

Please visit  www.FoundationEquineClinic.com for more information about Foundation Equine Clinic and our good friend, associate, and best equine veterinarian around, Dr. Lisa Kivett.  

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