Dr. Darryl Bonder
Dr. Bonder had a lifetime interest in becoming an equine veterinarian. From the earliest memories, he had a passionate love for horses. Growing up he volunteered (cleaned stalls and rode in exchange) at a sport horse facility just to be near the animals he found so intriguing. As a summer job from university, he exercised horses at Woodbine Race Track. Veterinary medicine seemed to be the perfect vocation for combining his love for horses and his interest in the biological sciences.
He was accepted into the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. He graduated with honours in 1977 and was the recipient of the Fowler award for highest proficiency in equine medicine and surgery. Dr. Bonder has constantly striven to expand his knowledge base by completing certificates in internal fixation, arthroscopic surgery and nuclear medicine. He has a keen interest in arthroscopic surgery, equine sports medicine and nuclear medicine. He is a past president of the Ontario Association of Equine Practitioners (OAEP) and a member of the Federal Drug Advisory Committee to Racetracks Canada. Dr. Bonder has a longstanding commitment to equine welfare through his continued association with the Long Run Program.
On a personal note, Darryl is an avid cyclist and member of the Evolution Cycling Club in Richmond Hill. He is a participant annually in the 200 km + Ride to Conquer Cancer. He loves trail running with his Standard Schnauzer “Bogie” to stay physically fit. Darryl has 4 children and 4 grandchildren that he loves to dote on.
Dr. Peter Vatcher
Dr. Vatcher developed an interest in horses from an early age. Before becoming a veterinarian, he competed in various sport horse disciplines in Ontario. He also worked at a local polo barn where he developed a keen interest in the sport. Dr. Vatcher later became an active polo competitor, which fuelled his aspiration to work with horses professionally. With an interest in horses and the desire to pursue a medical career, becoming an equine veterinarian was the natural choice.
Dr. Vatcher received his veterinary degree from the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), University of Guelph, where he graduated with honours. He has taught in a variety of areas, principally focusing on equine medicine and surgery. His professional interests include equine dentistry, lameness and surgery.
Outside of being a veterinarian, Dr. Vatcher enjoys spending time with his wife Jane, and his two daughters Jessica and Celeste. He is an avid cyclist, surfer, skier, and a true wine connoisseur. Dr. Vatcher has had a number of polo and pleasure horses over the years that have provided him with some of his fondest memories. His family pets include Crouton, Sweet Pea, Teddy Bear, and Blueberry – all Burmese cats that are long-standing members of the Vatcher family.
Dr. Jessica Peatling
Dr. Peatling developed her interest to become an equine veterinarian through her involvement with horses at a young age. Growing up, she occupied her summers looking after broodmares and foals, working on the backstretch of Woodbine Racetrack, and helping out with the family business – a horse feed and supply company. It was these experiences that fostered her admiration for horses, leading to her interest in becoming an equine veterinarian.
After completing a degree in Science and Business at the University of Waterloo, Dr. Peatling was accepted in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. She graduated from the DVM program in 2009, after which she travelled to Lexington, Kentucky to complete an internship at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. Following her internship, she joined the Toronto Equine Hospital in 2010 as an Associate Veterinarian. Dr. Peatling is also currently an Executive Member (Treasurer) of the Ontario Association of Equine Practitioners (OAEP). Her veterinary interests include sports medicine, lameness, and anesthesia.
Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Peatling’s personal interests include playing hockey, exercising, reading and travelling. She loves spending time with her young neice and nephew, Mackenzie and Ryan, who keep her playful at heart. Her family pets include Billy, Izzy and Pepper – all cats with very unique personalities. Horses have always been a large part of the Peatling family, who have collectively had a number of race and pleasure horses over the years. As a new veterinarian, Dr. Peatling’s fondest memories are of a racehorse named Gin Queen (“Ginny”). This was the first horse owned by her family that she cared for as a veterinarian. Gin Queen recently retired and is now doing well as a pleasure horse.