Veterinarians

Sarah Puchalski, DVM - Diagnostic Imaging Consultant

Sarah Puchalski, DVM, Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Radiology is a native of Roberts Creek, British Columbia, Canada, and grew up riding horses in the BC countryside, competing actively in 3-day eventing.  She obtained a B.S. in Biology from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC and went to veterinary school in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where she graduated with distinction in 1999.  From Saskatoon, she moved to Pennsylvania as an intern/resident in sports medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center from 1999-2001.  It was at this time that Drs. Puchalski and Schlachter first worked together.  From New Bolton Center, Dr. Puchalski entered a four-year residency in diagnostic imaging at the University of California, Davis.  She obtained board certification in the American College of Veterinary Radiology in 2004, passing the grueling examination on her first attempt. 

In 2005, Dr. Puchalski joined the faculty in diagnostic imaging in the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, as an Assistant Professor.  During this time, she divided her focus between didactic and clinical teaching, research, service to the school and clinical radiology.  In the classroom, she led the general large animal radiology course and was a co-instructor in the equine lameness and radiology course.  Her research interests predominantly surround the use of novel imaging techniques for the diagnosis of lameness conditions in equine athletes.   As she has gained experience in this field, she has developed an international reputation for her expertise.  Dr. Puchalski was awarded tenure at the University in 2012 and promoted to Associate Professor, and has authored scientific, educational and lay articles as well as contributed to numerous textbooks. 

Dr. Puchalski left the University in late 2013 to open her own practice, Puchalski Equine Diagnostic Imaging, based at Circle Oak Equine where she will be reading all of the radiographic and MRI imaging.  Her goals are to continue to elevate the quality and role of diagnostic imaging in the equine world through continued research and by offering herself as a consultant to equine veterinarians everywhere.  As an active competitor in Northern California on the show jumping circuit she understands the challenges of equine ownership and what may be needed to keep these athletes sound.  She will spend the first part of 2014 in Wellington, Florida working as an imaging consultant and showing her horse Lucia at the Winter Equestrian Festival. 

To consult with Dr. Puchalski please email radiology@circleoakequine.com or to schedule an imaging appointment email krissy@circleoakequine.com or you can call us at (707) 738-2529