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Megan Williams, DVM, DACVS-LA

Dr. Williams performing surgery at Saginaw Valley Equine Clinic. Dr. Williams performing surgery at Saginaw Valley Equine Clinic.

dr-williams-smDr. Megan Williams' life has revolved around horses while growing up in Kansas City. It was a family affair with her parents competing in polo, barrel racing and fox hunting. Dr. Williams rode and showed hunter/jumpers as a young girl taking numerous awards, then on to college she rode for both the English and Western Equestrian teams at Kansas State University.

Her fascination with horses led to focusing on soft tissue, orthopedic and upper airway surgery as a veterinanian. The majority of her caseload has revolved around Thoroughbred racehorses, Standardbred racehorses, western performance horses and english sport-horses.

Vet Surgeon Logo JPGBecoming a board certified surgeon has been a lifetime dream for Dr. Williams. Speciality training in lameness and surgery at Ocala Equine Hospital and Michigan State University has helped her hone these skills. SVEC has been sending their most complicated cases to Williams for years — now we are proud to have her in-house.

Dr. Williams is married to a small animal veterinarian and currently has two horses and several dogs. She also enjoys jogging and yoga in her spare time.

What do you do at SVEC?

I focus my time on elective and emergency surgery, as well as lameness diagnostics and treatment at SVEC.

What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of my job is the patient care. I enjoy the diagnostics and treatment portion, but also really enjoy the ongoing treatment procedures and following up to see how those animals are doing long term.

What has been your favorite patient "case"?

My favorite patient case was a horse that had a pancarpal arthrodesis, who stayed in the hospital for about 6 weeks. Very few horses (and their owners) could have gone through so much and come out successfully on the other side. He was one of the smartest horses I have ever worked with. That, combined with the dedication and commitment he had from his owners, is the reason that he has survived and gone on to do so well.

What has been your most difficult "case"?

My most difficult case was a mare that we treated for several months for chronic laminitis with secondary hoof abscesses. She was a very sweet mare with a wonderful owner. It was heartbreaking to watch the horse and her owner go through so much pain.

What are your greatest skills?

I have received wonderful surgical training from my mentors at MSU. In addition to the technical skills I have acquired through residency training, I excel in client communication and interaction, and in providing a high quality and pleasant experience for my patients and their owners.

How do those skills benefit horses and their owners?

Striving for practicing the best quality medicine possible, combined with making sure that I communicate with and explain procedures to horse owners and trainers. This ensures the best possible outcome for the patient and owners alike. This makes sure that the client's goals and expectations for that animal are met.


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