I have been an equine/large animal veterinarian for 27 years now. It doesn't seem that long, but when I look in the mirror, I can see a little age creeping in! I was roping the other night, and a fellow told me that I was older than his father! Well, age is relative. Those 27 years don't include the 20 years prior to that spent with horses, roping, riding, shoeing, etc. I hope that means something to you. I have attended almost 30 years worth of seminars to update and improve my services. What I learned in Veterinary school in the early eighties, has almost completely been replaced or updated. Of course there are still many "old" remedies that are tried and true. But the advances are astounding. Digital ultrasound and radiography provide answers to most problems. (not every equine veterinarian has them, so be sure of the quality before you buy!) Compared to what we had even 5 years ago, it is like taking the "blinders" off, and being able to see, finally! And some "so called" advances, simply are not. The proponents of the Stem Cell procedures, have not provided the proof, yet. The cost of these procedures also limits their use. "Shock wave" therapy, was touted as the next great treatment modality. It has not been proven to speed healing, or improve the quality of healing. In the words of a colleague, "I use my Shock wave machine as an anchor for my bass boat!" I pride myself on being able to sift through the marketing and glitz, to get to the truth. It is my job to give you "what works". There is so much false, inaccurate, and misleading information out there. The internet, and the ability to "google" any topic, is fantastic. And it is also detrimental. Acting alone on information gathered from sources on the internet can lead you down the wrong path. If years of experience have taught me anything, it is this. Everybody has a "gig", or an agenda. Put another way, everybody is trying to sell you something, or make you believe you need "their" product. I put myself in that category. Certainly I try to sell you on my services. So what is the difference? What I have for you are products, services, and advice that have survived the test of time, science (proven to work), and experience. Many medications and therapies have come and gone. Some become a "fad", and then are gone in a few years.
Experience is great, if it is mixed with continuing education. Staying abreast of the latest in PROVEN therapies and medications. Education is great, but without experience it is like a young two year old -alot of talent, energy, ability, but little control. All of that talent, energy and ability must be channeled, controlled, and directed by experience.