Veterinary practice grew from love of horses

Elizabeth business offers wide range of services including surgery

Geraldine Smith
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 6/11/19

Dr. Tamara Sorely, the founder and owner of Iron Horse Equine Medical and Surgical Services in Elizabeth, parlayed her love of horses into a phenomenal career. After graduating from Colorado State …

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Veterinary practice grew from love of horses

Elizabeth business offers wide range of services including surgery

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Dr. Tamara Sorely, the founder and owner of Iron Horse Equine Medical and Surgical Services in Elizabeth, parlayed her love of horses into a phenomenal career.

After graduating from Colorado State University with a doctor of veterinary medicine degree (with honors) in 1989, she practiced general veterinary medicine at a local animal hospital. Although her compassion for all animals is apparent, she wanted to concentrate on horses, her first love.

In 1992 her fledgling practice was limited to ambulatory services (outpatient) for horses in Elbert and Douglas counties but Tamara experienced the pressing needs which ambulatory services failed to address.

With a centrally located surgical hospital as the goal, Tamara upgraded her equipment and added more advanced diagnostic equipment, designed a fully equipped operating room, built stalls for overnight visitors and assembled an onsite lab in 2014. Animals with complex issues unable to be addressed in the field were now professionally diagnosed immediately, followed by prompt treatment.

Part of the advanced diagnostic benefits included therapeutic modality lab tests, digital radiology and ultrasonography, and video endoscopy for upper airway/gastrophy, all expediting diagnosis and treatment.

Outside of the hospital setting, Tamara has an expanding team of professionals who still visit farms for routine care for many ambulatory services. The practice still offers 24/7 emergency care.

Such a vast enterprise might be intimidating and all-consuming to the ordinary person. Tamara Sorely is an outstanding champion of all things equine and so much more. She still finds time to work on her farm, cross country ride to the hounds, drive competitively and act as the program and marketing director for an exclusive villa in Tuscany with customized tours which, not surprisingly, can include horseback riding packages. Sorley’s natural gait is a gallop as she races through life.

She discussed her multi-faceted endeavors with the Elbert County News:

What are the therapeutic modalities IRAP, stem cell and PRP, and can Iron Horse do all this in-house?

The stem cell and plasma rich protein treatments are offered. Both treatments use the patient’s blood and are considered regenerative therapy. IRAP is also a therapy made from the horse’s blood which is treated in the lab and reinjected into the animal. It can mitigate and slow the progression of osteoarthritis, a common cause of lameness.

What diagnostic equipment does the hospital use?

Digital radiology and ultrasonography are used to supply clear radiographs and provide real-time imaging of injuries, respectively. With video endoscopy we can detect problems in the upper airways and our video gastrophy procedure can diagnose ulcers and intestinal problems.

What surgery do you offer?

We offer orthopedic and soft tissue surgery (including arthroscopy, tenoscopy, orthopedic infection management) and also routine castration & minor surgical procedures ambulatory.

What is your connection with Villa Ferraia in Tuscany, Italy?

I am the program and marketing director for Villa Ferraia. I design customized tours to the Villa Ferraia, a restored medieval hamlet and villa.

More information can be found on Facebook or by contacting info@ironhorseequine.net, and www.destinationeverythingitalian.com for villa tours.

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