What does a typical day look like for you at Palm Beach Equine Clinic?
What aspects of equine medicine interest you most, and what types of cases do you find most rewarding?
What I really love is diagnosing and treating performance
problems. Sometimes very subtle problems can lead to more rails and lower results. The process of putting together all the pieces of the puzzle by really listening to the rider, taking a careful history, examining the horse, and then treating the horse, is so rewarding. Knowing you are part of the team that makes the horse and rider successful is very special.
Currently, I’ve been spending a lot of time diagnosing and treating neck and poll issues. The more we look in these areas, the more we are finding performance-related issues such as head tossing, head tilt, one-sided rein resistance, rooting, and lots of other symptoms we haven’t necessarily thought about in the past as being related to poll and neck discomfort.
Dr. Bryan Dubynsky
Photo courtesy of Jump Media
What do you enjoy most about working with performance horses?
What has been one of your favorite moments while working for Palm Beach Equine Clinic?
There have been so many great moments at PBEC. It is so special when the entire team, from ambulatory vets, to surgeons, and everyone in between pulls together and turns challenging cases into successful outcomes. One particular case was when a horse had a full thickness abdominal laceration from a jump cup and his intestines were falling out. The attending horse show vet did perfect emergency first aid, the horse came to the clinic, and the whole team medicated and prepped for surgery. The surgeon patched him all up and the horse was competing again a few weeks later. That case really illustrated what a whole team effort looks like in achieving great outcomes.
When and why did you decide that you wanted to become a veterinarian?
My father is a physician, and I always had an interest in medicine. Choosing to become a veterinarian seemed to be a natural fit combining my love for horses and medicine.
Dr. Dubynsky performing a hind flexion test.
Photo courtesy of PBEC
What is some advice that you would give someone who wants to become a veterinarian?
Pick out the top people in the industry and work with them. Learn as much as you possibly can from the people who have been practicing for a long time.
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