Horse vet joins Oklahoma surgical team

Michael J. Schoonover
Michael J. Schoonover

Oklahoma State University has a new assistant professor of equine surgery with the arrival of Michael J. Schoonover to the the Boren Veterinary Medical Hospital at OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. 

Schoonover, DVM, MS, DACVS, of Lexington, Oklahoma, earned his DVM degree from OSU in 2000. He completed a one year internship in Equine Field Services at Ohio State University before returning to OSU to complete a three-year residency in equine surgery while earning his MS degree in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences.  In 2007, Schoonover became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Large Animal Specialty.

“Dr Schoonover brings a tremendous amount of expertise and first-hand experience to our program that will benefit our current clients and will attract new clients.  Mike is a great addition to our program and will be a boon for our veterinary students,” said Dr Reed Holyoak, interim head of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences.

“We look forward to once again having Dr Schoonover here working with us as we build our program and the equine industry in Oklahoma and surrounding region.”

Before joining OSU, Schoonover was an equine surgeon/associate veterinarian for Interstate Equine Services, Inc., in Goldsby, Oklahoma.

While there, he supervised an internship/externship program directing the selection, instruction and mentoring of veterinary students and first year veterinarians. His research interests focus on equine sports medicine, quantities lameness evaluation modalities, and regenerative medicine. Schoonover was the 2008 Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association’s Equine Practitioner of the Year and has often provided guest lectures at OSU.

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