Kleider Veterinary Services has one common bond; a passion for horses. You can expect that your horse will be handled with the competence that comes with experience. We know that the veterinary procedures can be frightening for many horses. We emphasize minimal restraint techniques and our staff works with patience and confidence to gain the trust of your horse.
Meet Our Veterinarians
Dr. Nick Kleider’s interest in horses and sports medicine related problems grew out of his own competitive experiences with sport horses. Nick grew up with horses and developed a major interest in eventing which culminated in being long listed for the Canadian Equestrian team in 1974. Since then, he has trained and competed multiple horses up to intermediate and advanced levels in international competition. In 2014, he was the Horse Trials British Columbia’s preliminary champion on Garrow’s Law.
Instinct and intuition, honed by nearly four decades working with race and sport horses, enables Nick to evaluate many subtle performance issues and take on a variety of locomotor puzzles. 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.
In 2013, Nick documented a technique for how to inject the stifle joint using ultrasound guidance and published the paper that was presented at the American Association of Equine Practitioners conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Always furthering his education, he frequently attends international conferences and workshops as well as often being invited as a guest speaker.
In 2018 Nick completed specialized training in the clinical management and rehabilitation of sport horses and became a diplomate of the ACVSMR.
Dr. William Hodge graduated from Liverpool Veterinary School in England in May 2007. Upon graduation, he quickly turned his focus to the equine athlete. In the UK, he worked on pleasure horses and sport horses of all backgrounds under the supervision of several diplomats and experienced clinicians before joining a referral equine clinic. There he worked with eventers, show jumpers and pleasure horses evaluating lamenesses using digital imaging (bone scan, ultrasound, radiography and MRI) with a focus on therapy and regeneration of injuries. When he returned to North America, he spent several years working predominantly with race horses and sport horses in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Dr. Hodge is the author of a novel technique of alcohol-fusion in the lower hock joint as a therapy for chronic lameness in horses. His interest in poor performance and equine medicine has also been a large focus of his career carrying out emergency medicine/care, colic management, anaesthesia, gastroscopy, abdominal and thoracic ultrasound and routine dentistry. He also spent several years at a large stud farm in the UK providing reproductive services.
However, his focus has remained largely on lameness, diagnostics and return of the equine athlete to previous performance. He continues to search for novel techniques and rehabilitation regimes for horses with soft tissue injuries of the distal and proximal limb. Billy completed his ISELP certification in 2017 and is now the second veterinarian in Canada with ISELP certification.
Christina Bonnyman is our receptionist and the first person you see when you walk in our door. Shas been a dedicated KVS employee for 10 years. She has 2 adorable rabbits, Ike and Joey, and her hobbies include hiking, camping, snowboarding, and surfing.
Leila Lucas is a vet assistant at KVS and an avid eventer on her mounts Othello and Riverdance. When not at the clinic, she is busy with her young horses from her previous intermediate mare, Mandolin’s Tune.
Meet Our Hospital Staff
Kiyomi is a veterinary assistant both in the clinic and out on the road. After being a client of Kleider Veterinary Services for many years, she has now stepped into the vet assistant role. She and her horse Puzzle have competed at the advanced/3* level since 2012 and were long listed to the Canadian Equestrian Team in 2013.
Tina Goodwin keeps track of our inventory and bookkeeping. She has been at our clinic for a long time and has worn many hats. Ask her to show off pictures of her grandponies!
Beth Blanche is our operations manager. She has previously managed endocrinology medical practices. She has now decided to move into the equine medical field. She has a passion for horses and health care. She is an avid rider and has competed in the hunter/jumper circuit up to the Grand Prix level. Beth enjoys spending time riding at her family's equestrian facility.
Meet Our Office Staff
Nick Kleider DVM, DACVSMR, ISELP Cert.
Billy Hodge DVM, ISELP Cert.
Sarah Squinus DVM