Diagnosis of injury or poor performance

Performance problems plague athletes regardless of their discipline or species.  Subtle lameness or other wellness issues can affect the performance of equine athletes, even if they are still able to compete.  Combining a solid diagnostic protocol with a state of the art treatment and rehabilitation plan can bring your horse back to full function.  The doctors' combined years of experience with competitive horses both in and out of the veterinary world give them a unique perspective on the biomechanics and physiology of competition horses and their riders.

Circle Oak Equine's Medical Director, Carrie Schlachter, VMD, DACVSMR incorporates high tech gait analysis, lameness assessments, digital imaging, chiropractic, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, and other physiotherapy techniques into traditional veterinary medicine to offer a full array of diagnostic and therapeutic options for your horse.  

'The goal of our practice is to not just treat your horse's injury, but to enhance his performance and extend his career.'
Carrie Schlachter, VMD, DACVSMR

Olympic vet and UCDavis professor emeritus, Jack Snyder, DVM, DACVS, has over 35 years of lameness and surgical experience.  He has been the head surgeon or hospital director of over 100 international equine events including the last six Olympic Games, the last five Pan American Games and the last three World Equestrian Games.  He brings his wealth of experience to Circle Oak both as a lameness and rehabilitation expert and as a surgeon.  

Board certified radiologist and avid horsewoman Sarah Puchalski, DVM, DACVR joined Circle Oak Equine after 12 years experience as a radiologist at UCDavis.  She has extensive experience in equine imaging both in the U.S. and internationally, and is a frequent instructor and lecturer at international veterinary meetings.  She heads our imaging program as well as reads all of the radiographs and MRIs at Circle Oak.  She looks forward to working more closely with referring veterinarians in our area.

Poor performance issues may also arise from sources other than lameness.  The doctors at Circle Oak Equine work with specialists around the world to help us identify and treat other performance issues. 

As part of the therapies offered at Circle Oak, we use the latest rehabilitative, technological and medical advances.  We will work with you to identify the underlying problems affecting your horse’s condition and help you develop and implement a treatment and physical therapy strategy to get him sound and keep him that way.