Welcome to The Equine Center

Department

Sports Medicine

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.

At TEC we have a FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale) accredited veterinarians on staff certified in Eventing, Jumping, Dressage, Reining and Vaulting. Our FEI certified treating veterinarians work closely with high level Equine competitors and trainers. Our staff veterinarians have experience in all areas of Equine competition, including the Olympic and Pan American games.

The Equine Center has the clinical expertise and the county’s most technologically advanced diagnostic imaging equipment, physiologic and anatomic, needed to accurately assess any horse’s performance condition.

Physiologic imaging is dynamic and sensitive showing how the tissues are currently living and includes nuclear scintigraphy (bone scan) and infrared thermography. A thermographic exam might detect metabolic changes related to active inflammation, blood flow, or nerve conduction.  Physiological Imaging tells you where to look with the anatomical imaging devices.

Anatomic imaging, which includes digital radiography, ultrasound, and MRI, reveals the current state of a specific affected area. These techniques show one static moment in time of a body part and are not sensitive to metabolic changes in blood flow or nerve conduction. As such, TEC’s unique combination of Physiologic and Anatomic imaging tools allows us to quickly and precisely locate all of the areas that are affecting your horse’s performance.

SPORT HORSE TREATMENTS TO GET YOUR HORSE BACK TO TOP FORM

  • Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)
  • Laser Therapy
  • Joint Injections
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic management of back pain – Accu-injections; Mesotherapy
  • Objective Saddle Fit analysis with Thermography and Lameness Locator Rider Module
  • Regenerative therapies (IRAP, PRP, STEM Cell therapy)
  • Subclinical Performance issues analysis and treatment
  • Assistance with physical or behavioral issues that limit your equine athlete
  • Chiropractic evaluation and treatments
  • Podiatry and radiographic assisted shoeing.

The Equine Center has successfully rehabilitated hundreds of  injuries such as tendons, ligaments, joint and back pain as well as recoveries from surgical procedures. The high speed treadmill is also utilized by Owners of local show and event horses as an addition to their conditioning program to enhance their horse’s top line and over all fitness.

The Equine Center has a team of experienced sports medicine veterinarians and staff that work alongside owners, trainers, chiropractors, farriers and other horse professionals to evaluate a horse’s condition and their physical potential. We can design the most appropriate course of action to meet your goals, whether that is a return from injury or a maintenance plan for fitness. The Equine Center has successfully rehabilitated hundreds of  injuries such as tendons, ligaments, joint and back pain as well as recoveries from surgical procedures. The high speed treadmill is also utilized by Owners of local show and event horses as an addition to their conditioning program to enhance their horse’s top line and over all fitness.

Our staff

Kristen Dell

Kristin is aces at customer service and keeps everything at The Equine Center running smoothly.

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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,...

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Vasil Yordanov
Animal Scientist

Vasil Yordanov received his degree from The Tracian University, Bulgaria in 2015. Prior to joining The Equine Center’s team, he worked as small animal veterinarian in his home city...

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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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Shockwave Therapy

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

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Nuclear Scintigraphy

Nuclear Scintigraphy, or bone scanning, pinpoints areas of bone and in some cases soft tissue pathology due to injury. It is used, most commonly, in difficult lameness investigations to detect specific regions of the limbs that are resulting in lameness.

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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. 

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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.

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Inertial Motion Detector System

The Lameness Locator enables the veterinarian to objectively measure lameness in horses with non-invasive inertial sensors. The system provides an analysis that indicates whether the horse is lame, the severity of the lameness, the limb or limbs involved, and the part of the motion cycle at which peak pain is occurring.

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IRAP® Therapy

IRAP is a natural treatment that has been developed for the treatment of joint disease in horses.

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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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