– Advisory Board –
Olin Balch DVM MS PhD
Dr. Balch earned his certification in farriery from the North Texas Horseshoeing Institute in 1970. He received his DVM from Washington State University, where he also earned a PhD in equine locomotion and biomechanics. He completed his equine surgical residency at Oklahoma State University.
Dr. Balch’s research interests include equine hoof care, the science of equine locomotion and mechanics, and endurance sports medicine and pathology. He is a strong proponent of an enhanced, effective farrier-veterinarian relationship, and has published and reviewed numerous publications on equine hoof care. In 2005, Dr. Balch was inducted into the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame. Dr. Balch, currently a member of Veterinary Committee, Research Committee, and Board of Directors of the American Endurance Ride Conference, is committed to improving endurance horse management.
Barrie Grant DVM MS Dipl. ACVS MRCVS
Dr. Grant is a graduate of Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine. He is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Dr. Grant is a pioneer in the field of treating “Wobbler’s Syndrome” a neurological condition resulting from impingement on the spinal cord in a horse’s neck by malformed or degenerated vertebrae. He was on the team that performed equine spinal fusion basket surgery in 1977 while at WSU. In 2000 he lead the surgical team that successfully implanted a basket in the spine of Seattle Slew, the famous equine athlete and Triple Crown Winner.
Dr. Grant has performed this surgery on horses that have returned to all different types of work including racing, jumping, dressage, and breeding. See Dr. Grant’s website www.EquineWobblers.com for more information.
Sharon Spier, DVM PhD Dipl. ACVIM
Professor of Medicine & Epidemiology, University of California at Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Spier received her DVM from Texas A&M University, and earned a PhD degree in Comparative Pathology from the University of California, Davis. She is Board Certified in Large Animal Internal Medicine and has received the AVMA Excellence in Equine Research Award. She is a Professor at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine where she leads the Equine Field Service.
Dr. Spier’s clinical and research interests include heritable diseases of horses as well as Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis infections. She has provided emergency care and internal medicine expertise at numerous international equestrian events including 5 Olympic Games and 2 World Equestrian Games.