Meet the Doctor

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    Dr. Lauren Derock

    I graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1966. At that time there were very few women allowed in. We had 5 in our class of 50 total, and we matched the guys for tough. It’s a little different now. We also started the Davis Equestrian program which has grown into a huge endeavor with the help of Dr. Lo and two other non-vet women friends of mine.

    My first job was in a small animal clinic as there was little opportunity for large animal work at the time. But I continued my interest in horses and spent much time riding and training.  My favorite sport was endurance. It was during a training ride that my horse and I had a life-changing accident over a cliff. I thought we both were done for but neither of us were seriously injured. HOWEVER, something was wrong with my horse. He was not noticeably lame, but he would quit after about 10 miles and was getting more painful in his back.

    Eventually I took a short course for veterinary acupuncture and fixed him by acccident. The horse teacher had not attended but the points I used were for the Iliopsoas muscle in humans. Here began my life long study of this muscle and its profound affects in the horse.

    I spent the next 35 years in a specialty practice fixing horses with similar problems, sometimes going hundreds of miles to treat one horse. I studied human chiropractic. Acupuncture, and other modalities and took what I could of these sciences and arts to the horse.

    Now in my retirement it is time to pass on to you this accumulated knowledge. You can help your horse more than you can imagine and both enjoy every horse sport together.