Welcome to The Equine Center

Department

Emergency Services

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

Emergency service is provided to patients currently enrolled in The Equine Center’s WellCare program or patients who have been seen for wellness by our practice in the last 12 months.

Emergency service is also provided to non-clients if we are contacted specifically by your regular veterinarian directly.

If you are not currently a client of The Equine Center, please contact your regular veterinarian for emergency service.

THE EQUINE CENTER IS THERE IN WELLNESS AND SICKNESS

To ensure that you have the care you need in an emergency, be sure that your horse is seen yearly for a wellness exam, dental exam, nutritional counseling and vaccinations.  By taking a proactive approach to your horse’s wellness, you will be maximizing his/her quality of life through prevention and early treatment of disease.

 “In more than 33 years of practice, I’ve seen fewer medical emergencies, communicable infection cases, dental disease, and parasite-related colic when educated horse owners and trainers recognize the value of preventing health problems. Proactive wellness care means healthier, active horses and fewer veterinary visits.” Dr. Harry Werner, Past AAEP President

The Equine Center has multiple wellness programs available to suit your horses needs.  All horses on a TEC wellness program are eligible to receive emergency services, if ever needed.  The Equine Center is dedicated to providing prompt emergency services to our established clientele and their animals.

Our staff

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,...

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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...

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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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Our services

Ultrasonography

Ultrasound is a specialized imaging technique that uses inaudible sound waves to create an image of soft tissue structures. It is one of our most frequently used non-invasive diagnostic tools.

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In House Laboratory

At The Equine Center two in-house laboratories provide hematology, blood chemistry and microbiological services.

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Hospital Services

Our hospital is prepared and equipped to service any equine medical need. Whether it be emergency, diagnostic, neonatal, preventative, rehabilitative or reproductive care, we are available to meet your horse’s needs.

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Video Endoscopy

The Equine Center has an extensive range of video endoscopes, with sizes suitable for the smallest foal and the largest horse.

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Digital Radiography

The state-of-the-art digital radiography systems at The Equine Center are powerful, high speed x-ray machines that make it possible to image difficult body parts such as the neck, chest, and pelvis of large adult horses.

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