Dr. Brian Van Arem
Dr. Van Arem’s love for horses is what snowballed him into a career in Veterinary medicine. ” I began working on a thoroughbred farm at the age of 10. The farm owner immediately saw the passion and rapport with the horses. He said that if I ever want a career with horses then I had to be a Veterinarian”. That was the only encouragement I needed. At the age of 20, I managed a breeding facility which sparked my interest in Thoroughbred breeding. At 23 I began training Thoroughbreds at Woodbine. Upon graduation, I gave up training and started my practice at Woodbine Racetrack.” I currently own and operate T and T training a 180 stall facility north of Palgrave. I have a broodmare band of 8 mares and stay active in the thoroughbred breeding industry. As well as owning and operating Toronto Equine Hospital I also own a Woodbine Veterinary facility specializing in the Veterinary care of Thoroughbred racehorses. In 2017 I partnered up with Milton Equine Hospital and amalgamated the surgical facility of Toronto Equine with Milton Equine Hospital.
My dedication to horses has lead me to serve on numerous boards in order to preserve the welfare of the horse and to maintain the current state of horses racing in Ontario.
My daughter Katherine has been a large part of my life and has always helped to put things in perspective for me.
When not at the racetrack or training center I can be found on my boat, racing my Cup car at Mosport or following my need to explore the world.
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 he is an avid cyclist, surfer, skier, and a true wine connoisseur.
Dr. Ljubo Slavic
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Dr. Darryl Bonder – Nuclear Scintigraphy
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 grandchildren that he loves to dote on.