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Welcome to The Equine Center

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    State of the Art Breeding Center

    Whether you are a large commercial breeding farm or breeding a mare for the first time, The Equine Center is here to make sure your experience is a success with our state of the art breeding facility and the finest veterinarians.

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    Experienced Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center

    Our goal in developing our sports medicine and rehabilitation program is to use scientific knowledge, gained in both human and equine medicine, to raise the standard of care and performance of the athletic horse.

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    State of the Art Technology and Advanced Diagnostics

    In order to give our clients the best options for treatment of their horse's problems, The Equine Center has the latest diagnostic equipment available.

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    Keep your horse healthy with TEC's Wellcare Center

    The goal of wellness or preventive medicine is to maintain optimum health in your horse. Good equine health practices include good nutrition, regular deworming, a vaccination program suited to your horse’s circumstances, and regular dental care.

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    Serving Horses on the Central Coast - The Equine Center

    Dedicated to providing top care to our established clientele and their animals with both our fully equipped hospital and on-site farm calls.

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    Enjoy your horse with Worry-Free Boarding

    The Equine Center Boarding is a friendly, equestrian facility accomodating sport horses, breeding, young and elderly/retired horses with their special care needs.

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Our services

Services at a glance
  • Mesotherapy

    Mesotherapy is effective in treating degenerative arthritis in a horse’s back and the cervical vertebrae. It helps by reversing the physiology of these conditions to stop the pain spasm cycle.

  • Podiatry

    The Equine Center works closely with local farriers to provide the very best hoof balance and shoeing techniques for your horse. We are able to give these talented farriers x-ray vision to enhance the accuracy and specificity of their corrections.

  • Shockwave Therapy

    Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) has become accepted technology for treating musculoskeletal problems, soft-tissue injuries and bone injuries in horses.

  • Platelet Rich Plasma

    Platelet rich plasma or PRP is a regenerative medicine treatment that delivers a high concentrate of platelets in the form of blood plasma to a lesion increasing the amount of growth factors at the site to help in healing. 

ABOUT The Equine Center

OUR STORY

The Equine Center was founded in 1987 to provide high quality care to horses in San Luis Obispo County and surrounding areas. Our goal is to provide the foremost in SERVICE to our clients while offering the best in veterinary CARE to their horses. We approach each day with a “Patient First” policy based principles of modern, evidenced based medicine.

Our Staff

We are reliable and trusted
James K Waldsmith, DVM
Practice Owner

Dr. James K. Waldsmith has owned and operated The Equine Center since 1985. His professional interests are thermography, sports medicine, rehabilitation, reproduction and preventive medicine.

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Emily E Bardo, DVM
Staff DVM

Dr. Emily Bardo is a native Californian who grew up on the coast in Half Moon Bay. She studied Animal Science at Cal Poly SLO and then went on to The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio for veterinary school. After receiving her Doctor...

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Joy Altermatt, DVM, MS, DACT
Reproduction

As a dedicated specialist in large animal fertility, Dr. Altermatt has performed thousands of transvaginal follicular aspirations in both mares and cows for oocyte transfer, ICSI and IVF cycles, helping to produce generations of legends.

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Our departments

Reliable and Compassionate Care

Emergency Care When You Need it

The Equine Center is dedicated to providing prompt emergency services to our established clientele and their animals.

Have service when it matters most

  • EMS services offered 24/7
  • On farm or in hospital care
  • For established TEC clients seen for routine services in the last 12 months
  • Available for non-clients with direct veterinary referral

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Enjoy worry-free boarding for your horse

The Equine Center Boarding is a friendly, equestrian facility accommodating sport horses, breeding, young and elderly/retired horses with their special care needs.

TEC boarding offers

  • Boarding in pens, small and large fields
  • Feeding three times a day
  • Customized services to meet the needs of you and your horse
  • Two arenas and conditioning track – Fully lit jump arena with TruTex Footing
  • Tack rooms, groom areas, wash racks, trailer parking

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Experience Rehabilitation Center

Our goal in developing our sports medicine and rehabilitation programs is to use scientific knowledge, gained in both human and equine medicine, to raise the standard of care and performance of the athletic horse.

The goals of our rehabilitation program

  • Relieve Pain
  • Restore Range of Motion
  • Regain Strength
  • Return for Intended Use

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Maintain your horse at optimum health

The Equine Center’s Veterinarians can help you design and implement a vaccination and deworming program that is most appropriate for your horse or herd.

Good equine health practices include:

  • Vaccination program customized for your horse
  • Regular deworming
  • Good nutrition
  • Regular dental care
  • Annual physical exam

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Progressive Sports Medicine Center

At The Equine Center, we are able to provide either in-hospital or at-the-farm evaluation of your horse’s soundness and help develop a plan to help your horse perform his best and feel in top shape.

ANALYSIS AND TREATMENTS OFFERED

  • Inertial Motion Detector Analysis
  • Physiological Imaging – Nuclear Scintigraphy (Bone Scan)/Thermography
  • Anatomical Imaging – Digital Radiography/Ultrasound
  • Upper airway Endoscopy and Gastroscopy
  • Progressive Sports Therapies, Treatments, Rehabilitation and Strength Training.

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State of the art breeding services for mares and stallions

You get but a few chances each year to begin a viable pregnancy and one chance a year for a successful outcome. Getting the best reproductive care available is a priority.

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  • Mare care from breeding to foaling
  • Semen collection, evaluation, shipping, freezing and storage
  • Infertility work ups for mares and stallions
  • Embryo transfer, Oocyte retrieval, In vitro embryo production (ICSI)
  • All mare breeding services- AI- fresh or frozen

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