The Neal Taylor Nature Center’s “Food for Thought” series will feature a presentation on equine medicine by Troy Herthel, doctor of veterinary medicine, from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17.

Herthel’s presentation, titled “Advancements in Equine Veterinary Surgery & Regenerative Medicine,” will be followed by a question-and-answer session, then a meet-and-greet with refreshments in the Neal Taylor Nature Center at the Cachuma Lake Recreation Area.

Admission to the presentation is free with paid $10-per-car admission to the recreation area.

Herthel is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and a veterinarian at the Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center, founded by his parents, Dr. Doug and Sue Herthel.

His presentation will provide a brief background on common ailments and injuries seen and dealt with in equine patients at Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center, said a spokeswoman for the Nature Center.

He will also delve into recent advancements in medical therapy, imaging and surgical treatment of those conditions as well as the field of regenerative medicine, in which veterinarians are able to harness the equine patient’s own cells and proteins to regenerate tissue after trauma, the spokeswoman said.

Born and raised in Los Olivos, Herthel earned an undergraduate degree in animal science and agricultural business from Cal Poly and a veterinary degree from Oklahoma State College of Veterinary Medicine.

He then completed a year-long internship at Weatherford Equine Medical Center in Weatherford, Texas, focusing primarily on lameness, surgery and reproduction in western performance horses.

Established in 1972, Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center is considered one of the foremost equine clinics in the world, where state-of-the-art equine hospital facilities are combined with such programs as rehabilitation, teaching and research.

Its staff has played a pioneering role in veterinary medicine, developing and refining many of today’s equine treatment procedures and techniques, the spokeswoman said.

Through its field practice, the clinic cares for many of the horses in the Santa Ynez Valley.

This report was compiled by News Editor Mike Hodgson. He can be reached at


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Mike Hodgson is news editor at the Santa Ynez Valley News, where he writes about local government, special events and the people who live in the Valley. He has been a photographer, writer, news editor and managing editor at weekly newspapers since 1972

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