The veterinarians at Colorado Equine Clinic specialize in a variety of equine ailments and work closely with each other to provide the best, comprehensive care. Dr. Page is currently handling all calls and appointments but we are in the process of interviewing veterinarians and will have another veterinarian in place by late spring or early summer.
Barbara T Page, DVM, IVCA
Born in Denver, Colorado, Dr. Barbara Page received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1977 from Colorado State University. She started a private practice in Boston before returning to Colorado as the first woman to practice in the state of Colorado as an equine veterinarian. She spent the next nine years at Littleton Large Animal Clinic. In 1988, she started a private practice which led her to build the Colorado Equine Clinic in 1994. She continues to practice here with a passion for veterinary medicine and a commitment to the service of the human-animal bond.
Since 1994, Dr. Page has done groundbreaking research on the form and function of the equine foot. This innovative research has led her to lecture throughout the United States and England. She has presented several refereed papers at AAEP and CVMA. She has published a chapter in Current Therapies in Veterinary Medicine, (Elsevier Publishing, 2003) as well as several refereed articles in scientific journals and lay journals including the American Quarter Horse Journal, Western Horseman, and Equis.
Committed to continuing education, Dr. Page was certified by the American Farrier Association in 1994 to advance her education in farriery. A second certification with the Equine Lameness Prevention Organization was obtained in 2005. In 2004, she was certified with International Veterinary Chiropractic Association after completing 200 hours of course work and testing. She is one of two veterinarians in the state of Colorado to complete all 210 hours of course work in ISELP, the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology. She was one of the first in the state to use regenerative therapies for joint disease.
In 1994, Dr. Page founded the Equine Wellness Foundation, a 501-c (3) with the mission to improve the bond between horses and people through the research and treatment of foot disease. This NGO allows her to continue her passionate research on the equine foot while extending findings to those who need them the most.
Dr. Page served as the president of the Denver Veterinary Medical Association, on the Human/Animal bond committee of the AVMA, and on several committees for the American Association of Equine Practitioners.
Although Dr. Page knew she wanted to be a veterinarian since the age of five, her first full day in the truck with an equine veterinarian confirmed this passion. A difficult case involving the cleaning of a serious forearm wound and the ensuing gratitude and relief shown by the mare was the beginning of her lifetime commitment to healing the equine species. She says that, “After that day, I knew that whatever it took, equine medicine was where I would spend much of my life. Since graduation in 1977, I have been a scientist with a job to honor truth. Horses have the important job of helping their owners manifest compassion and thus become closer to their spiritual selves every day. I am consistently honored to facilitate that connection.”
Devoted to family, her greatest passion is being a good mother. She currently enjoys riding horses in Western and trail disciplines, a continuation of her early Hunter/Jumper years when she was a Rocky Mountain Equitation champion.
Publications: “Diagonal Imbalance of the Equine Foot: A Cause of Lameness”, Page, B. T., Anderson, G. F. Proceedings of the 38th Annual Convention AAEP, 1992:413-417. “How to Mark the Foot for Radiography”, Page, B. T., Bowker, R. M., Ovnicek, G., et.al., Proceedings of the 45th Annual Convention AAEP, 1999: 148-150. “Breakover of the Hoof and its Effect on Structures and Forces within the Foot”, Page, B. T., Hagen, T. L., 4/8/2007Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, Vol 22, Number 6, 2002, 258-264. “Raising a Family and the Practice of Veterinary Medicine,” Page-Bullock, B. T., Proceedings of the 48th Annual Convention AAEP, 2002, 477-478. Caudal Heel Pain, Page, B. T. Current Therapy in Equine Medicine, Fifth Edition, Robinson, N. E. Saunders 2003, Section X, 532-536. Natural Balance Trimming and Shoeing: Its Theory and Application, Ovnicek, G. D., Page, B. T., Trotter, G. W., in The Veterinary Clinics of North America Equine Practice, Vol. 19, No. 2, August 2003, 353-378.
Mike Haverkate, DVM
Dr. Mike Haverkate recently joined the practice and will begin taking appointments for large animals as well as small animals. Coming from a mixed practice background he shares with Colorado Equine Clinic his passion for regenerative medicine.
Dr. Haverkate spent 5 years in the US Army where he served as an Engineer in the Special Forces (Green Berets) including 2 tours in Iraq. He then went on to obtain a degree in Biology from the University of Denver and then his DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University. His personal interests include fishing, backpacking, and road trips with his family.
Having worked in both the corporate world and privately owned world of veterinary medicine, Dr Haverkate has had the opportunity to appreciate the differences in practicing veterinary medicine from both sides of the fence. His aim is to take the personalized, relationship-driven style of medicine, like the one already developed in our Equine Clinic, and apply that same standard of care to his small animal clients. Veterinary Medicine is a partnership between veterinarian, owner and pet. Dr Haverkate is happy to be practicing at a clinic that exemplifies these values.