Specialists

What is a Diplomate / Specialist?

Diplomate is a title that refers to a veterinarian who is board certified in a veterinary specialty area. Board certified specialists, also known as diplomates, commonly have 4-8 years of additional training after veterinary school which includes a 3-year residency. Residencies provide specific training in an area of specialization that is not available as part of a typical veterinary education. This process is strictly supervised by a national organization made up of those types of specialists. These colleges ensure consistency in training and adherence to high standards. Once the program has been completed, the resident must pass a rigorous examination. Only then does the veterinarian earn the title of diplomate and is considered a specialist in that particular veterinary area.

Diplomates are on the forefront of disease research. They are the pioneers of the finest new techniques and are responsible for the advancement of veterinary medicine in their area of specialization.

Diplomates perform more procedures in their area of specialization than any other veterinarian. A highly focused caseload means they have an unequaled understanding of veterinary medicine in their area of specialization and so can perform it with exceptional skill.

Kleider Veterinary Services is a hub for equine specialists. The following is a list of specialists who can serve your horse at our clinic or through consultation:

Sarah PuchalskiDVM, DACVR

Dr. Puchalski is an equine radiologist.  She was a tenured professor before working in the field and is still involved in didactic and clinical teaching, research and clinical diagnostic imaging.  She has authored or co-authored more than 40 scientific articles and multiple book chapters relating to diagnostic imaging in veterinary medicine.

Deborah Parsons DVM, DACVIM (LAIM)

Dr. Parsons is a Large Animal Internal Medicine (LAIM) specialists focus on diagnosing and treating medical diseases. With specialized tools and an extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology and internal medicine, LAIM specialists are uniquely qualified to diagnose and manage a wide variety of problems.

Kleider DVM, DACVSMR, cert. ISELP

Dr. Kleider is board certified in equine sports medicine & rehabilitation.  He has been clinically managing and rehabilitating sport horses for over 40 years.  

Academic curiosity and the drive to challenge himself has cultivated an interest in diagnostic imaging and he became the first veterinarian in Canada to receive internationally recognized ISELP certification in 2012.

Marnie Ford, DVM, ACVO, PhD. 

Dr. Ford is a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist. Her research and professional interests include ophthalmic neurology, corneal disease, and the physiology and toxicology of the retina.

Alan J. NixonBVSc, MS, DACVS

Dr. Nixon is a board Certified Surgery Specialist. He

has been practicing veterinary orthopedic surgery since 1979 with a focus on cartilage, bone, tendon and ligament diseases. 

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