Bluegrass equine surgery is now open at Versailles
Bluegrass Equine Surgery has opened at 3550 Lexington Road in Versailles, Kentucky. BES is a comprehensive, world-class surgical and recovery facility with on-site diagnosis, imaging, pharmacy and laboratory access to care for any horses needs on or off the farm.
Leading BES of Woodford County and MD, veterinarian W. Tru Becker, is a state-of-the-art hospital dedicated to the care of the developing and active equine athlete.
BES is part of a growing investment in the Kentucky equine industry by its parent company, PetVet Care Centers of Westport, Conn. In addition to expanding its presence with BES, PetVet and the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute of Lexington. Churchill Downs To install the first equine PET scanner at the stable area medical center.
Anthony Loomis, DVM and PetVet’s medical director, noted the company’s general commitment to the Kentucky equine industry.
“We are passionate about all the animals at PetVet,” said Dr. Loomis. “We recognize Kentucky’s unique connection to the equine industry and want to be a leader in the industry. The addition of Bluegrass Equine Surgery is another step, following the acquisition of successful practices such as Hagyard and our new partnership with historic Churchill Downs. This allows us to ensure appropriate care is provided to all of our equine communities.”
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Dr. Baker added: “The values of this new hospital are based on the work ethic and chivalry I learned growing up in this industry. Our philosophy has always been to work hard, treat people fairly and, above all, do what is best for horses.”
Dr. Baker graduated with honors from the prestigious veterinary program at Auburn University in 2006. He completed his surgical residency at Peterson and Smith Riding Hospital in Ocala, Florida. He joined Woodford Equine in 2010, a clinic owned by his father Bill Baker DVM, before joining Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in 2013.
“At Bluegrass, we will take the best practices we have gained from working with industry leaders at Woodford Equine, Peterson, Smith and Hagyard Equine and build something from those great impacts,” said Dr. Baker, citing effective processes and procedures as well as a focus on customer service. “In partnership with PetVet and Hagyard Pharmacy, we are expanding the hospital that my father built.”
Dr. Baker is a regular part of Thoroughbred sales and specializes in orthopedics, symmetry and upper airway surgery. He is a published researcher in the surgical management of angular limb deformities, as well as equine colic. He conducts ongoing research on the effects of juvenile injuries on racing performance.
“When I started thinking about a new hospital, I immediately knew who I wanted on the team,” said Dr. Baker. “I was fortunate enough to make an outstanding group.”
The team complements their equestrian expertise as veterinarians and specialists ensuring the best care is provided to all racehorses, from those in active training and competition to retired ones, in all aspects from traditional veterinary medicine to alternative and holistic treatments and treatment support.
Lauren Javernick DVM has joined the practice as Head of Ambulatory Services. In addition to her extensive background in equine breeding and herd health, she has deep expertise in Chinese medicine and acupuncture.
“I am excited to join this practice and help develop a team that works together to provide excellent care and service to our clients,” said Dr. Javernick, adding that the two other BES vets “are helping us so much in achieving this goal.”
They are Jessica Thornton DVM, who specializes in equine reproduction and neonatology as well as herd health, and Kristen Near VMD, who was a resident veterinarian at a large horse farm with experience in all aspects of the Thoroughbred horse industry. Both joined BES as ambulatory care veterinarians.
This press release has been edited for content and style by the BloodHorse team.
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