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Sarah Eaton, DVM, DACT, CVA

Sarah Eaton, DVM, DACT, CVA Saginaw Valley Equine Clinic

sarah eaton horseback webSarah graduated from the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. After graduation, she completed an internship in equine reproduction and general practice in Arizona and a residency in Theriogenology (animal reproduction) at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. She passed her board examinations to become a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists in 2009. Sarah practiced in Canada for 3 years, then moved to the Saratoga, NY area where she worked as the equine reproduction specialist for multiple large breeding farms. In Saratoga, she also worked on the thoroughbred and harness racing tracks. Her main interests in equine practice are reproduction, neonatal care and acupuncture. In her free time, Sarah enjoys working with her Paint, Munchkin, and competing on the local dressage show circuit. She shares her home with 3 cats, Thornton, HJ, and Tumbler. She is looking forward to exploring the horse world of Michigan.

What do you do at SVEC?

Anything to do with reproduction, neonatology and acupuncture. I'm always excited about working with difficult to breed mares and stallions.

What is your favorite part of your job?

Foals. Being able to follow a pregnancy from a small black spot on the ultrasound to a newborn foal.

What are your greatest skills?

Understanding horses to the point that I can see when they aren’t quite right but aren’t yet sick. This allows me to try to catch illnesses, especially in foals, before they are life-threatening.

How do those skills benefit horses and their owners?

Catching problems early means that they can be treated aggressively and, hopefully, produce the best outcome for all parties.

What has been your favorite patient "case"?

My favorite patient case was an ornery mini donkey with no hair.  He had hair loss due to alopecia areata, an immune-mediated condition. It meant that he got cold more easily. He got stuck outside one evening. We brought him in and warmed him up, but he subsequently developed fatty liver and laminitis. After nursing him through all those problems, he was able to return to his herd, complete with a snazzy blanket and hood to help insulate him against next winter. Through the all of his problems, he was a cranky old man and couldn’t wait to return to his herd.

What has been your most difficult "case"?

My most difficult case was a 15-year-old maiden quarter horse mare. She had been purchased as an embryo donor, but no embryos had been obtained over the past year. She was found to have multiple drug resistant fungal endometritis. It was treated over multiple cycles and, finally, she was clean enough to breed.  One embryo was obtained, handled like the golden genetic material embryos are, and implanted. A beautiful filly was born 11 months later. That filly is now getting ready to make her show debut. 

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Board Certified in Theriogenology and Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture

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