The staff at Sporthorse Veterinary Services takes pride in our team and works together to provide excellent service to our clients. We strive to provide each equine patient with the highest quality care whether for preventative care, routine examinations, rehabilitative needs, or emergency care.
Mark Silverman, DVM MS
Dr. Silverman received his veterinary degree from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. He has been in the equine industry his entire life as a farrier, a saddler, a barn manager, a trainer and a veterinarian. Dr. Silverman's extensive experience in the industry allows him to see multiple aspects of each equine patient and client.
For over forty years, Dr. Silverman has pursued knowledge and understanding of the equine foot. Graduate studies in Sports Biomechanics resulted in an internship at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs working with elite human athletes, though his personal work involved the study of the relationship between shoeing and the function of the equine foot. Following his graduate studies Mark enjoyed a multifaceted career in the equine industry including biomechanical analysis of equine gait. In his Sporthorse Veterinary Services practice, Dr. Silverman applies his over twenty years of experience in the use of composites for hoof reconstruction to the treatment of lameness and other conditions of the equine foot. His continued interest in the equine foot extends to his involvement with the evolution of adhesive shoe technology.
Monica, originally from the east coast, moved to southern California in 2012. She has an Associate of Science degree from Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland and is currently continuing her education working toward her Registered Veterinary Technician Certification. Monica began her involvement with horses when she was only nine in the hunter/jumper arena which progressed into eventing. Soon she obtained a barn management position, and most recently she is trying her hand at polo! Monica especially enjoys the mechanics of horses and their beautiful agile movement and values good horsemanship. Monica is excited to be involved with new veterinary technologies, and has recently completed the Class IV Therapeutic Laser Course. Look for Monica in the Regenerative Laser Therapy van with the HILT Laser or in the SVS truck as Dr. Silverman’s veterinary assistant helping to provide outstanding services to our clients and patients.
Tonya is a San Diego native; she and her husband of 25 years live in Carlsbad. Tonya has been involved with horses most of her life in one way or another from simply riding and taking lessons as a child to barn management for a grand prix jumper rider to saddle fitting and running the tack store and mobile unit for Custom Saddlery. Tonya enjoys talking with the clients of Sporthorse Veterinary Services. She does her best to let our clients know how much Sporthorse Veterinary Services values every client and their horses.
Debbie became involved with horses as an eight year old growing up in the Mojave Desert. She spent the next ten years trail riding in the high desert and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. After graduating from San Diego State University with an accounting degree, she continued her involvement with horses in many aspects including pleasure riding, showing hunters, trail riding, assisting with therapeutic riding programs, and eventually 4-H leadership and NATRC competitions with her daughter. Today, Debbie and her horse Apollo ride the trails around Olivenhain. Debbie enjoys her work in the office as part of the Sporthorse Veterinary Services team.
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