Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery

About the Service

The Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery Service specializes in treatment of lameness and performance-related conditions as well as surgical intervention for soft tissue and orthopedic conditions of the equine athlete. This service provides state of the art diagnostic evaluations and treatment plans for outpatient, inpatient, and emergency conditions including those needing hospitalization and intensive care management. The aim of the equine surgery service is to return horses to peak performance and to provide their owners with exceptional service.

Read our Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery brochure (PDF).

What We Do

The Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery Service provides expertise and state-of-the-art surgical treatment for a wide variety of soft tissue and orthopedic diseases, including regenerative medicine techniques, advanced techniques in fracture repair, laser surgery, and minimally invasive surgery such as arthroscopy, laparoscopy, and thoracoscopy. The service provides out-patient services in lameness diagnosis and treatment, prepurchase examinations, and performance evaluation.

Who We Are

The Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery Service is composed of four faculty surgeons that work exclusively in the service. Additionally, the service has three graduate resident veterinarians who are training to become specialists in equine surgery. The service has one dedicated veterinary technician who assists the veterinarians and senior level veterinary students with management of the service.


Sarah Kooy, DVM

Dr. Kooy received her DVM degree from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. She went on to complete a rotating equine internship at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019, followed by a large animal surgical internship at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in 2020. Her research focus is on techniques of regional perfusion in horses as well as effects of platelet rich plasma on the innate immune system.

Email szk0192@auburn.edu

Sophie Boorman, BVetMed

Dr. Sophie Boorman is the second year equine surgery resident at Auburn University’s JT Vaughn Large Animal Teaching Hospital. Her primary interest is orthopedic surgery and she has a research focus on treatment of joint disease. In her spare time she enjoys working out.After graduating from the Royal Veterinary College, London, in 2016 Dr. Boorman completed an equine surgical internship at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Kentucky, followed by a large animal rotating hospital internship at New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania. She then remained at New Bolton to complete a Fellowship in Translational Research at the Comparative Orthopaedic Research Laboratory, before beginning her residency at Auburn in 2019.

Publication list – Sophie Boorman – Google Scholar

Email szb0163@tigermail.auburn.edu

Sandra Zetterström, DVM
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Dr. Zetterström received her DVM from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark in 2015.  She worked for 2 years in a private equine hospital (Hallands Djursjukhus) in Sweden and then completed an equine surgery internship at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Kentucky.

Email: smz0006@auburn.edu


Veterinary Support Staff
Samantha Thrower
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Ms. Thrower was a veterinary technician with the Equine Emergency and Critical Care Service, since 2006. She joined the Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery division in 2016 as the service’s chief veterinary technician and service coordinator. In her spare time she enjoys working on her family cow calf operation, raising sheep and goats, and making homemade products from their milk.