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.

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 three 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


Sophie Boorman, BVetMed
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.

Email szb0163@tigermail.auburn.edu

Kathleen Weatherall, VMD
Dr. Weatherall received her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. She completed a surgical internship at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, KY in 2016. She then completed an equine rotating internship in medicine, surgery and theriogenology at Kansas State University in 2017.

Email: kmw0084@auburn.edu

Sandra Zetterström, DVM
photo of Sandra ZetterstormDr. 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