The word “specialist” is quite sacred in the medical field. Only those extensively trained and board-certified like Dr. Sallie Hyman and Dr. Elizabeth Coppelman, can claim the title of “Expert” or “Specialist.”

Veterinary specialists are veterinarians who have advanced training in various medical and surgical disciplines. These specialists have

  • Four years of undergraduate training (College degree, usually in a Science Field)
  • Four years of veterinary school
  • Completed an internship or two, for 1 or 2 years
  • Completed a residency in their specialized field, which involves three to five years of additional training
  • Become board certified
  • Passed a rigorous test that takes months to study for and pass
  • Published a research paper in a required peer-reviewed national journal
  • Submitted the required number of specific case reports

With this experience and expertise, it means that TEVA’s veterinarians bring skills to your farm far beyond the general veterinary practitioner. TEVA always wants to ensure that you have a variety of care and treatment options when it comes to keeping your horses Healthy for Life.

A board certification is the highest degree a veterinarian can achieve. If a veterinarian decides to become board certified, they must go through advanced training and then pass a series of intense examinations. These exams and evaluations are led by the specialists that train the specialists. Currently our practice has two veterinary specialists, one who is board certified in internal medicine—Dr. Hyman—and another vet who is board certified in surgery—Dr. Coppelman. This combination of expertise is unique to this region. Outside major horse hospitals, no local practices can boast having two specialists on staff and available to you!

Specialists need “Best-in-class” equipment and technology. As the best equipment has become more mobile and advanced, we’ve been able to move the specialist from the hospital to your farm. Our specialists come to you with the highest tech equipment and are the most trained available, so that your horse gets the best possible on-farm care.

Ask for Drs. Sallie Hyman and Elizabeth Coppelman when you are considering needing more advanced care in lameness, emergency, regenerative joint therapies, or on-farm second opinions to confirm previous diagnosis.

TEVA brings the specialist referral to you!

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Registered April 2022
Authors: Jay Joyce, DVM & Jessica Faulkingham

Information in this article is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for evaluation by an equine professional. In particular, all horse owners should seek advice and treatment from a licensed veterinarian, such as TEVA, for their horses' medical care.

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