Hagyard Equine Medical Institute Welcomes New Surgeon

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky., welcomes Laura Werner, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, to its surgery department. Werner specializes in lameness and equine emergency services and she is returning to Hagyard after having previously spent a year there as a surgical intern during her advanced training.

"I feel like it is family there," said Werner. "I will be joining my instructor from when I was a student at Auburn and I did an internship there, so I am excited to go back and enjoy everything I experienced when I was an intern."

Werner grew up riding horses and always had an interest in becoming a veterinarian. She attended the University of Kentucky before transferring to Auburn University to complete her DVM degree. She fulfilled her residency at The Ohio State University and eventually became a staff surgeon at The Equine Center in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

In addition to her experience as a surgeon, Werner has worked as a Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Veterinary Delegate at some of the top three-day eventing competitions in the nation.

"I know I will never compete at that level so I have enjoyed working with the sport and continuing my involvement as an FEI Veterinary Delegate," she explained. "It has helped me build clientele throughout the area. I really enjoyed working with the Young Riders program as well, so doing the FEI work has helped with my involvement with that. It really is just a part of giving back to the horse industry."

As a member of the Hagyard surgery department, Werner hopes to continue her research on septic arthritis and osteomyelitis (bone infection), which she began when she was a resident.

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