Educating young veterinarians, horse owners and other equine professionals amounts to a passion for Dr. Carrie Schlachter, Dr. Jack Snyder and Dr. Sarah Puchalski.  In addition to logging countless hours of continuing education, regularly attending conferences and lectures and encouraging the Circle Oak staff to do the same, Dr. Snyder, Dr. Schlachter and Dr. Puchalski lecture and teach veterinarians from around the world in sports medicine, rehabilitation and imaging topics.  Dr. Puchalski is a frequent lecturer for ISELP and presenter at the national equine meeting AAEP.  

By teaching young veterinary students and having regular educational activities at Circle Oak, The doctors pass on to others the latest thinking from the best equine veterinary specialists and practitioners around the world.  They also believe that education is the best way to help horse owners, trainers and other equine healthcare professionals provide their horses with top quality care. 

All doctors are available for lectures to horse owners and equine professionals alike.  Please email Dr. Schlachter at or call 707-738-2529 for more details. 

What’s New!

  • 2015 Circle Oak Equine Health Fair Schedule is up!

    Please be aware that the times may change due to travel snafus etc!!  This is available in PDF format here.

  • Early diagnosis is key to proper treatment and rehabilitation.

    Early and correct diagnosis is key to proper treatment and rehabilitation. Our MRI machine has been busy - 20 scans in 6 weeks - talk to your vet if you have a horse with a lower leg injury to see if an MRI would help with the diagnosis and treatment protocol. Our onsite radiologist Dr. Sarah Puchalski would be happy to chat with them directly about it. The case below showed evidence of navicular trauma on X-rays but also show significant soft tissue injuries on MRI which changed the treatment protocol and prognosis significantly.

  • Read our latest newsletter - Surgical and Imaging Center Opens, Equine Health Fair returns Oct 31

  • Rehab Manager Kari Farley earns Certified Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner credential


    Kari Farley, Circle Oak Equine's rehabiliation and facilities manager, has earned a Certificate in Equine Rehabilitation, awarded by the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Science. The mission of the program is to promote the art and science of equine rehabilitation, to promote and support research that will advance the knowledge, skill and treatment of equine rehabilitation and to make the benefits of equine rehabilitation known to the veterinary-related professions. 

    One of Circle Oak Equine's founding beliefs is that professional rehabiliation produces superior, long-lasting results. Kari's commitment to her profession and her dedication to the horses under her care are a big part of why Circle Oak's rehabiliation programs are successful. We all congratuate her on her achievement and are proud to have her as a key member of our team! 

    Photo by Janice LeCocq Photography

  • COE proud to sponsor Sonoma Valley Stables Hunter Derby

    Circle Oak Equine was a sponsor of the Sonoma Valley Stables Hunter Derby for the second consecutive year. The champion of the $1000 Circle Oak Derby was Katie Lee and Esteban La Paz. Reserve Champion was Robin Waughman and Tater. Congratulations to all! 

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