Dr. Taylor completed a residency in Equine surgery and lameness at the University of
California at Davis in 1993. UC-Davis' veterinary school is one of the most prestigious
veterinary training centers in the world, and Dr. Taylor felt very blessed to receive his
training there. While there, he was able to train under some of the true pioneers of
modern day equine surgery and lameness, including Drs. J.D. Wheat, Dennis
Meagher, John Pascoe, and Jack Snyder. These teachers instilled in him a passion for
helping the horse AND the horse owner.
Since 1993 Dr. Taylor has built upon the education he received at UC Davis by using the
state of the art diagnostics available at Arizona Equine to learn much more about how
to help horses with lameness or surgical problems. Any medical professional will testify
that the experience of the doctor is the most important factor when determining a
course of action for a given problem, and Dr. Taylor has about 24 years experience
in Equine sports medicine and surgery.
Over the past 20 years, many advancements have been made in equine medicine and
surgery. A short list of some of these includes Nuclear Scintigraphy (bone scans), MRI
(standing and anesthetized), Laser surgery, Regenerative therapies (including IRAP,
Stem Cells, Platelet Rich Plasma), and advanced ultrasound imaging techniques. Dr.
Taylor and his partners are experts in the use of all of these techniques. Arizona Equine
was one of the first few private equine clinics in the United States to install and use
Nuclear Scintigraphy and standing MRI (http://www.hallmarq.net/). It is a priority of Dr.
Taylor's to keep up with all of the latest advancements in equine surgery and sports
Board Certification in Surgery :
Dr. Taylor is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (http://
www.acvs.org/). What does this mean? This means that he is a recognized specialist in veterinary surgery. Diplomate status is not easy to obtain, and requires the following: 1)Completion of a year-long internship program after graduation from veterinary school, 2)
Completion of a three year, highly structured, residency program, and 3) Passing a rigorous
multi-day comprehensive examination given by established
experts in the veterinary
surgical field. Like most veterinarians, Dr. Taylor spent 8 years
in college obtaining his DVM
degree. To become a specialist in surgery he completed an
extra additional 4 years in
postgraduate training. Board certification ensures that the horse owner using one of the best-
trained surgeons possible to treat their horse.
Sports Medicine :
What is sport's medicine? This broad term includes everything related to the diagnosis
and treatment of sports related injuries. An equine sports medicine specialist has
expertise in many different areas, including, but not limited to: lameness diagnosis;
radiology; ultrasonography; interpreting nuclear scintigraphy and MRI results; joint and
soft tissue injections; regenerative therapies (IRAP, PRP, Stem Cells); and surgical
intervention. Dr. Taylor became proficient in many of these areas during his internship
and residency training. Sports medicine is continually evolving, however, and Dr. Taylor
invests in continuing education to keep abreast of newer techniques. Dr. Taylor spends
about 75% of his time practicing equine sports medicine.
Horse experience :
Dr. Taylor obtained the first of many horses when he was nine years old. He competed
competitively in gymkhana's for 4-5 years, and has ridden for pleasure every since then.
He has owned horses for most of his life. Winston Churchill once said, "There is
something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man". Dr. Taylor
has found that to be true, which is why he chose a profession that lets him spend so
much time with horses. He has devoted many years of his life to learning everything he
can to help horses and their humans.
Practice philosophy :
Dr. Taylor approaches each case with several things in mind: 1) What does the client need?
In almost all cases, the answer to this question is
that the client needs him to help return their horse to soundness and health. To
determine the client's needs, Dr. Taylor does several things, including LISTENING
to the horse owner, LISTENING more, and then he LISTENS even more; and then
he asks questions to make sure that he understands what the client is saying. In
some cases, this is a two-minute conversation, and in others it is an hour-long
conversation. Dr. Taylor feels that if the client has unanswered questions at the end of a case then he has failed to listen enough.
2) How can we best satisfy the client needs with our experience and knowledge?
The answer to this question is usually that we need to diagnose and treat the
problem in the least invasive and most economical way possible. Due to the cost
of medical equipment and supplies, veterinary care is expensive. It is more
important than ever that we use the appropriate tools to diagnose and treat our
patients. Veterinarians and their clients should always be aware of the
cost/benefit ratio of both diagnostic tests and treatments. Dr. Taylor feels it is
very important to choose diagnostics and treatments wisely. The most expensive
option is not always the best option.
3) How can we best educate the client about the process of diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis for their horse?
This is always a three-step process of
communicating to the client, listening to the client's response, and then
clarifying any misunderstandings. This has to happen at every stage of the
process, so the client knows what is going on at all times. We are also careful to
write clear discharge instructions that summarize the case and clearly articulate
what the client needs to do for aftercare and rehabilitation.
Honesty and Ethics :
Dr. Taylor feels that these are the two most important qualities of any veterinarian. The
ethical duty of a veterinarian REQUIRES that they are honest with their clients at all
times and that they hold the highest ethical standards. Thankfully, almost all
veterinarians adhere by this belief. It is sometimes difficult to give a client an honest
answer about their horse's problem if it is bad news, but Dr. Taylor will do it in the
gentlest way possible, and will do his best to explain it to the client's satisfaction. Doing
his job honestly and ethically is very important to Dr. Taylor.
Personal notes :
Dr. Taylor is married to the love of his life, Patti, and they have five beautiful children.
Dr. Taylor puts a priority on his life away from work and he and his partners have
structured their call schedule to ensure that they all have ample family time. Dr. Taylor
and his family are active in their church, and enjoy getting together with friends and
family as often as possible.