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Two New Team Members, One Mission: Equine Health

February 9, 2012

February 13, 2012

Two veterinarians have recently joined in the school's mission to improve the health of horses.

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Equine Dentistry Fellow

Travis Henry, DVM, is a Fellow in the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Henry's expertise is welcomed by the Large Animal Clinic, where he will treat equine patients and train resident veterinarians to handle equine dental health issues.

He will also be learning the latest dental techniques from our veterinary faculty experts in the Small Animal Clinic.

Henry graduated from the Michigan State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993 and has been a practicing veterinarian for 17 years. He has held a long-standing interest in equine dentistry and oral surgery and has completed specialized training in these areas. Since 2003, he has owned and operated Midwest Equine Services in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, a practice dedicated to providing veterinary dental care for horses in the Midwest.

The Center for Equine Health explores the role of modern equine dentistry and the broader issues of oral health for horses in The Horse Report of December 2011.

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New Assistant Director at Center for Equine Health

Claudia Sonder, DVM, a 1995 graduate of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, has been appointed assistant director of the Center for Equine Health . Working with Director Gregory Ferraro, she is responsible for day-to-day management of the facilities, fund-raising for endowments, research development and related duties. Sonder adds her expertise and experience to the intramural grants selection process. She is working on developing improvements to the testing program for Contagious Equine Metritus. Sonder also works with Ferraro as a liaison among industry representatives and veterinary faculty to find solutions to equine health and welfare problems.


Sonder has been a practicing veterinarian for the past 15 years and owns Napa Valley Veterinary Hospital, a companion animal practice. She began riding horses at the age of 7 and competed in the hunter/jumper show circuits in New England until 1990. The years of competition provided her with the understanding of what is expected of the elite show jumping horse. Her training has included an equine emphasis, and she is particularly interested in lameness evaluation and treatment of performance horses.


About the Center

The Center for Equine Health, a center of excellence within the School of Veterinary Medicine, is dedicated to advancing the health, well-being, performance and veterinary care of horses through research, education and public service. To accomplish its mission, the center provides academic leadership and serves as the organizational umbrella under which equine research is funded and conducted.

About the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital

The faculty members of the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital treat more than 30,000 animals each year while teaching essential veterinary skills to fourth-year students and providing advanced training to residents in more than 28 veterinary specialties. The hospital is open daily for emergencies and welcomes clients and referring veterinarians to make appointments for services ranging from preventive care to the most complex cases. To make an appointment, please call the Small Animal Clinic, (530) 752-5257 or the Large Animal Clinic, (530) 752-0290/