Special Emphasis: Sports Medicine & Lameness, Internal Medicine, Neonatal care and Nutrition.
One of the things I like best about equine veterinary medicine is the variety of people and cases that I see on a daily basis. I enjoy all areas of equine veterinary medicine, particularly sports medicine and lameness, internal medicine, neonatal care, and nutrition. As an FEI veterinarian and competitor, I have an understanding of the many components it takes to get a horse to the show ring. I enjoy putting that together to optimize performance.
I grew up on a vegetable farm in Racine, Wisconsin. My life of horses began when I was 3 years old. My aunt Elizabeth, who was not much older than I, kept her horse in our barn. She taught me to ride and led me in my first lead line class at age 4. I followed her through the ranks of Pony Club and 4-H, and even her first job as a veterinary technician in a large animal clinic. By the age of 12, I was set on being an equine veterinarian.
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an Animal Science degree in 1988 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. During my college years, the best education came from five summers working and backpacking around the world. I worked on a jumper farm in Italy, on a reining and breeding Quarter Horse farm in Germany, on a dairy farm in Holland, at the veterinary school in South Africa and at an equine clinic in Australia.
I met my husband, Bill Cooper in 1990 at a joint vet school/med school Halloween party. After graduation, we moved to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area where I practiced for several years in equine practice with a focus on sport horses. In 1995, I joined Anoka Equine Veterinary Services, a full service equine hospital in the Minneapolis area where I practiced for 11 years.
Bill and I have a daughter named Quinn who was born on September 11, 2003. Our road trips to visit families in Whitewater and Racine became so frequent that it was time to move back to the area. That opportunity arose in 2006 with a position at Wisconsin Equine.
We have a small farm in Eagle, Wisconsin where we live with our 6 horses, 2 dogs, and 2 cats. I have competed to the upper levels in eventing and have also competed in dressage, hunters and jumpers. I currently compete with my Irish Sport Horse, "McKieran", in eventing and on the hunter circuit. In our "spare time", Bill and I also enjoy trail riding, biking, skiing, scuba diving, and traveling.