At Wolf Creek Equine, we strive to provide referral level care with board certified specialists at our hospital. We have cultivated an excellent working relationship with specialists of various disciplines in equine practice to provide cutting edge diagnostics and treatment for your horse. Learn more about these specialists below and give us a call to see if they could be helpful to your particular case.
Dr. Catherine Nunnery | DVM, DACVO
Board Certified Equine Ophthalmologist
Dr. Nunnery was raised in Bowie, Maryland and started riding hunt seat as a young teen. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Studies from Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ. Dr. Nunnery found her passion for veterinary medicine while managing both Ri-Arm Farm in Franklin Lakes, NJ and Centenary College Equestrian Facility in Long Valley, NJ after college. She completed post-baccalaureate work at the University of Maryland, College Park and was awarded her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree by Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, VA.
After graduation, Dr. Nunnery completed a surgery and medicine internship at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY. During her internship Dr. Nunnery was dedicated to learning more about the eye and spent free time with Dr. Claire Latimer one of the only solely equine ophthalmologists. Directly after her internship Dr. Nunnery completed a three year residency in comparative ophthalmology at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville, FL. During her residency she was trained, mentored and complete research with Dr. Dennis Brooks the world renowned equine ophthalmologist. She was honored with the "Jules & Lucy Silver Animal Bedside Manner Award" given by the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2009. Dr. Nunnery was board certified and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology in 2010.
In 2011 she return home and started Equine Veterinary Vision, Inc. to serve the equine community in the DC area, while practicing ophthalmology at Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, MD. Dr. Nunnery was the head of Large Animal Ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center from 2014-2017. She now is one of a few board certified veterinary ophthalmologist that solely practices equine and the only one in the Mid-Atlantic region. Dr. Nunnery lectures to veterinarians, veterinary students and equine enthusiasts, locally, nationally and internationally on large variety of equine ocular conditions.
Dr. Amy Polkes | DVM, DACVIM
Board Certified Internal Medicine Specialist
Dr. Amy Polkes is a board certified Equine Internal Medicine specialist. Dr. Polkes received her Bachelor in Science from Cornell University and her degree in Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. She was in private equine practice for several years before continuing her training at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine with a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine. In 2002, after completing her residency program, she established an Equine internal medicine mobile consulting practice in Maryland and Virginia as well as providing consultation for Antech Diagnostics on equine medicine cases. Dr. Polkes has now grown her referral practice, Equine Internal Medicine and Diagnostic Services (Equine imed), to provide mobile equine internal medicine services in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut. Her goal is to provide an alternative to referral institutions, allowing for evaluation at your farm or at your primary veterinarian's facility.
For more information about Dr. Polkes and what she can do for you and your horse please visit equineimed.com
Dr. Sarah Puchalski | DVM, DACVR
Board Certified Equine Radiologist
Dr. Puchalski hails from Roberts Creek, British Columbia, Canada. She has a bachelor of science degree from Simon Fraser University in B.C. and graduated veterinary school in 1999 from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. Following veterinary school she completed a 2 year program (internship/ residency) in Field Service and Sports Medicine at New Bolton Center, the large animal hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She then pursued further training in diagnostic imaging at the University of California, Davis completing a 4 year residency in 2005. She attained board certification by the American College of Veterinary Radiology in 2004.
Upon completion of her residency, she obtained a faculty position in the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences at the University of California, Davis earning tenure in 2012. During that time she was actively involved in didactic and clinical teaching, research and clinical diagnostic imaging. She has authored or co-authored more than 40 scientific articles and multiple book chapters relating to diagnostic imaging in veterinary medicine.
In 2013, Dr. Puchalski left the University and started Puchalski Equine Inc. She is based in Petaluma, California at Circle Oak Ranch and in Wellington, Florida during the Winter Equestrian Festival.
Our veterinarians send diagnostic imaging studies (radiographs, ultrasonographic exams, CT, MRI and nuclear scintigraphy studies) to Dr. Puchalski for interpretation and consultation and will utilize this valuable information to formulate a treatment plan for your horse.