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Equine Sports Medicine Complex

Equine Sports Medicine Complex

The Equine Sports Medicine Complex is a vital asset for Tufts Equine Center.  The innovative complex is home to an 80x120 foot arena, large holding stalls, open examination/treatment areas, a client consultation room and outdoor holding paddocks. The arena provides a safe, quiet and comfortable place for patients to be evaluated in-hand or under saddle.

“It’s a facility that makes perfect sense,” says Dr. José M. García-López, Associate Professor of Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery, and Director of the Issam M. Fares Equine Sports Medicine Program. “We have always offered excellent care, but this facility allows us to do more to meet the needs of our equine sport horse patients.”

The arena’s IGK Litestride footing provides a level surface for horses to exercise and simulate how they work at home. For clinicians, this means increased accuracy when it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of even the subtlest lameness. The arena also provides an optimal location for horses to be evaluated for upper respiratory or cardiac issues which can impact performance. There is ample room for a horse to be observed working in all three gaits, as well as over fences.

Our Doctors

  • Dr. Kirstin Bubeck

    Kirstin Bubeck

    DVM, DACVS, DACVSMR

  • Dr. Kate Chope

    Kate Chope

    VMD, DACVSMR

  • Dr. José M. García-López

    José M. García-López

    VMD, DACVS, DACVSMR

  • Dr. Wade Tenney

    Wade Tenney

    DVM

Dr. Kirstin Bubeck

Kirstin Bubeck

DVM, DACVS, DACVSMR

Dr. Kirstin Bubeck specializes in lameness evaluation and treatment, advanced diagnostic imaging, and orthopedic and respiratory surgery. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2011, and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2013. Dr. Bubeck earned her veterinary degree from the University of Hannover, Germany in 1997, and then worked at the university’s equine hospital as a staff veterinarian where she completed a postgraduate degree with her thesis titled “Pulmonary Wedge Pressure During Treadmill Exercise in Healthy Horses and Horses with Mitral Valve Insufficiency” in 2001. She came to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine for her Large Animal Surgery internship and residency with emphasis in equine sports medicine. After completion of her residency in 2009, Dr. Bubeck worked as a Large Animal Emergency Clinician and Surgeon at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, as a Clinical Instructor for Equine Surgery and Lameness at the University of Montreal, and as a Staff Surgeon at the Equine Clinic in Kaufungen, Germany.  She returned to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine as a Clinical Assistant Professor for Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery in June 2014. In 2016, Dr. Bubeck became certified in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation through the Healing Oasis Wellness Center in Sturtevant, Wisconsin and is a member of the College of Animal Chiropractors. Currently, she is pursuing her certification in Equine Acupuncture at the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida.

Sports Medicine & Surgery Service
Dr. Kate Chope

Kate Chope

VMD, DACVSMR

Dr. Kate Chope is a lifelong horse owner and competitor, having successfully shown through Grand Prix in show jumping. She is also one of the few academically trained veterinary ultrasonographers specializing exclusively in equine ultrasound. Dr. Chope became board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and brings strong expertise in clinical ultrasound in her work as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Before joining the faculty at Tufts, Dr. Chope earned her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also undertook a fellowship in equine cardiology and served as an academic lecturer. She has lectured and taught wet labs on equine ultrasound extensively at national and international conferences and has contributed to several clinical articles in peer-reviewed veterinary journals.

Ultrasound Service
Dr. José M. García-López

José M. García-López

VMD, DACVS, DACVSMR

Dr. García-López specializes in equine orthopedic surgery, which includes arthroscopy and fracture repair, upper respiratory surgery, lameness diagnosis and treatment, and advanced imaging. Dr. Garcia obtained his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996 and went on to complete a one-year equine internship at Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center, followed by a three-year large animal surgical residency with a special focus on Equine Sports Medicine at Tufts University. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2001. Following his residency, José obtained a lecturer position in the Section of Equine Sports Medicine and Imaging at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania where he remained for two years. In 2002, he returned to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University as an Assistant Professor in Large Animal Surgery and in 2010, he was promoted to Associate Professor. Since returning to Cummings School, he has continued to concentrate his work in the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal disorders as well as the use of advanced imaging in the equine athlete. In 2010, he also became a faculty member of AO VET North America. He became board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2013.  Dr. José M. García-López regularly provides lectures and consultations at both the national and international level.

Sports Medicine & Surgery Service
Dr. Wade Tenney

Wade Tenney

DVM

Dr. Tenney earned his veterinary degree from Colorado State University and completed the large animal ultrasound fellowship at the University of California, Davis with Dr. Mary Beth Whitcomb. Following his fellowship, Dr. Tenney worked at Steinbeck Country Equine Clinic, a large referral hospital on California’s central coast, where he focused on sport horses, medicine—including pre-purchase exams—lameness exams and ultrasound. He worked at the HITS horse show series in Thermal, California for several years, providing sports medicine services to clients attending the shows. In April of 2013, Dr. Tenney joined Cummings Veterinary Medical Center to provide Diagnostic Ultrasound Services. Dr. Tenney has FEI certification in show jumping, dressage and eventing and has worked at Wellington and the Winter Equestrian Festival. Dr. Tenney continues to give lectures and instruction at wet labs at many national and international equine conferences.

Ultrasound Service

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