Jack Snyder, DVM, PhD, Veterinary Surgeon

Jack Snyder, DVM, PhD, Diplomat American College Veterinary Surgeons, brings his international reputation and extensive expertise to Circle Oak, where he now bases his practice.  A five-time horse veterinarian for the Olympic games, Dr. Snyder recently retired from the faculty at UC Davis veterinary school, where he taught for over 30 years.  Since being the Head Surgeon at the 24th Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea he has served in numerous other professional roles, including Head Surgeon and Foreign Veterinary Delegate for the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico; President of the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington KY and Hospital Director of the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong, among many others.  He is the author of hundreds of publications, articles and abstracts and a downloadable info sheet may be viewed here. Dr. Snyder has lectured extensively at international conferences and symposia and is asked to perform surgery on some of best equine athletes from around the world. 

Dr. Snyder’s love of horses and concern for their welfare led him to choose equine veterinary medicine at an early age and the majority of his practice has focused on sport horses, many at the very top echelons of their disciplines. As a frequent member of the FEI team he has helped competitors at numerous events determine if their horse was fit to compete.  Dr. Snyder’s extensive experience on the international competition circuits gives him a clear sense of the capabilities of these incredible athletes.  He also works with trainers and riders to help them develop barns of competitive horses and keep them sound during international competitions. Upon retirement from the University, he chose to join Circle Oak due to our shared vision of full-service, state of the art sport horse veterinary care. 

Dr. Snyder’s hallmark among his clients is his approachability and calm demeanor.  His excellent ‘stallside’ manner makes him easy to work with on even the toughest cases.  He is known for being able to determine the cause of a lameness issue after others have failed.  Dr. Snyder’s diagnostic expertise and ability to see the ‘big picture’ dovetail with Circle Oak’s whole horse approach and our commitment to rehabilitation.  With cutting edge diagnostic and rehabilitative technologies at his disposal, Dr. Snyder is looking forward to using his wealth of research experience to elevate the state of the art in equine sports medicine. 

In demand worldwide for his services, Dr. Snyder will continue to travel to diagnose and treat horses, however he will be based in Petaluma at Circle Oak Equine.  This incredible boon for the Northern California horse community also provides a great resource for the veterinarians in this region.  Dr. Snyder’s collaborative approach to equine care ultimately envisions a worldwide network of veterinarians who can diagnose, treat and consult as one unit, thereby ensuring top-level continuity of care for equine athletes. 

To consult with Dr. Snyder or to schedule an appointment email or call us at (707) 738-2529