01 Aug 2012 Portraits in Equine Medicine
Berkley Chesen, DVM, DACVS-LA
When the decision was made to euthanize Barbaro, the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner, the team of equine surgeons who had labored for eight months to bring the colt back to soundness and health lost a friend. But what is daily life like for the quintessential equine surgeon operating on horses without the glare of celebrity?
Much like the narrator of the beloved veterinarian memoir All Creatures Great And Small, by James Herriot, solo practitioner Berkley Chesen, DVM, DACVS-LA, also clocks the hours and miles, too. Her New Mexico territory is a far cry from Herriot’s British setting though.