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May 1, 2015

Dr. Barbara Hunter joined our team last August, shortly after finishing her large animal surgery residency in the United States. Originally from Canada, Barbara moved to the U.S. shortly after graduating vet school to pursue an internship at Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center, a busy equine referral hospital centered between Belmont Park, Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands. After cutting her teeth on racehorse colic, colitis and lameness, Barb returned to Canada to do sport horse lameness for a few years in central Alberta. After a few years, she moved backed to the U.S. to pursue a 3-year large animal surgery residency at Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

On completing the residency and a Masters in Veterinary Science this past July, Barb decided she would like to explore living in the Southern Hemisphere. She moved here in August 2014 and has been enjoying the beautiful New Zealand landscape while studying for her surgery board exams for the past several months. October brought a brief respite from studying when Barb represented MVS at the American College of Veterinary Surgeons conference in San Diego with the presentation of her Master’s research. The presentation was a success with Barb taking first place for clinical research in the residents’ forum.

February brought more success when Barb passed all three components of the large animal surgery board exam to become a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. We are very excited to add a second board-certified surgeon to our team. In addition to strong interests in lameness and advanced imaging, Barb also has special interests and experience in laparoscopy, complex wound management and paranasal sinus disease.