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Sarah M Puchalski- BSc, DVM

Surgical & Radiological Sciences


Research Focus


Specialty Focus

Diagnostic Imaging


1995 BSc Biology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC Canada
1999 DVM Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK Canada
2011 Large Animal, European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging,
2005 Resident in Radiology, University of California, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, Davis, CA
2001 Intern/Resident in Field Service and Sports Medicine, New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania, Kennett Square, PA
2011 Enhancing educational theory implementation and curriculum development in medical education, University of California, School of Medicine, Teaching Scholars Program, Davis, CA

Honors and Awards

2005 House Officer Seminar Day, University of California, Davis Best Large Animal Research Project
1999 Gunnholme Farm Award, Top Graduating Equine Veterinary Student, WCVM
1999 AAEP/American Livestock Insurance Award, Outstanding Senior Equine Student
1999 American College of Veterinary Surgeons Outstanding Large Animal Surgery Student
1993 Hewlett-Packard Award for Academic Excellence in Sciences, Top 10 Science Students, Simon Fraser University
1992-1995 President's Entrance Scholarship, full academic scholarship, Simon Fraser University


State Licensure - Pennsylvania
Diplomate American College of Veterinary Radiology
USDA Accreditation

Active Research Grants

Co-Investigator, Early detection of lesions that predispose to catastrophic proximal sesamoid bone fracture in Quarter Horse racehorses, Susan M. Stover (Principal Investigator), American Quarter Horse Association

Co-Investigator, CT and MRI findings on canine nasal neoplasia, Bill Culp (Principal Investigator), Center for Companion Animal Health - Resident Grant

Principal Investigator, Correlative imaging of equine foot lameness, (Principal Investigator), Center for Equine Health / Oak Tree Racing Foundation

Co-Investigator, Regenerative veterinary medicine: bone formation and fracture repair, (Principal Investigator), Center for Equine Health: Randall Stemcell Gift

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2013 Gray SN, Puchalski SM, Galuppo LD Computed tomographic arthrography of the intercarpal ligaments of the equine carpus. Vet Radiol Ultrasound,
  • Link Icon 2013 Dimock AN, Hoffman KD, Puchalski SM, Stover SM Humeral stress remodeling locations differ in thoroughbred racehorses on dirt versus synthetic racetrack surfaces EVJ,
  • Link Icon 2013 Arens AM, Puchalski SM, Whitcomb MB, Bell RJW, Gardner IA, Stover SM Comparison of the use of scapular ultrasonography, physical examination, and measurement of serum biomarkers of bone turnover versus scintigraphy for detection of bone fragility syndrome in horses JAVMA,
  • Link Icon 2013 Megher DM, Labadie JD, Meagher DT, Gardner IA, Puchalski SM, Stover SM Prevalence of radiographic lesions of thoroughbred horses in 2-year-old in-training sales and associations with race performance JAVMA,
  • Link Icon 2012 Young AC, Dimock AN, Puchalski SM, Murphy B, Spriet M Magnetic resonance and radiographic diagnosis of osseous resorption of the flexor surface of the distal phalanx in the horse. Equine Vet J Suppl,
  • Link Icon 2012 Puchalski, SM Advances in equine computed tomography and use of contrast media. The Veterinary clinics of North America. Equine practice,
  • Link Icon 2012 Textor J, Puchalski SM, Affolter VK, MacDonald MH, Galuppo LD, Wisner ER. Computed tomographic findings in ethmoid hematoma: impact on treatment and outcome (16 cases, 1993-2005) JAVMA,
  • Link Icon 2011 Maher O, Puchalski SM, Drake C, le Jeune SS Abdominal computed radiography for diagnosis of enterolithiasis in horses: 142 cases (2003-2007) JAVMA,
  • Link Icon 2011 Katzman SA, Nieto JE, Arens AM, MacDonald MH, Puchalski SM, Galuppo LD, Maher O, Bell RJW Use of zoledronate for treatment of a bone fragility disorder in horses JAVMA,
  • Link Icon 2011 Pollard RE, Puchalski SM Reaction to intraarterial ionic iodinated contrast medium administration in anesthetized horses Veterinary radiology & ultrasound : the official journal of the American College of Veterinary Radiology and the International Veterinary Radiology Association,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2011 Puchalski SM: Part 1: Diagnosis of Lameness, Section 2: Diagnostic Imaging, Chapter 20: Computed Tomography, Ross MW and Dyson SJ, (ed), Diagnosis and Management of Lameness in the Horse, 2nd Edition, St. Louis, Missouri. 234-9.

2011 Puchalski SM: Chapter 44, Equine Foot, Tobias Schwarz and Jimmy Saunders, (ed), Veterinary Computed Tomography, Ames, Iowa. 463-71.

2011 Schwarz T, Puchalski S: Chapter 9, Interventional CT, Tobias Schwarz and Jimmy Saunders, (ed), Veterinary Computed Tomography, Ames, Iowa. 81-7.

2011 Pollard R, Puchalski S: Chapter 5 CT Contrast Media and Applications, Tobias Schwarz and Jimmy Saunders, (ed), Veterinary Computed Tomography, Ames, Iowa. 57-65.