Dr. Barrie Grant, Equine Surgeon

Dr. Barrie Grant DVM, MS, DACVS, MRCVS

Dr. Barrie Grant is a board-certified surgical veterinarian specializing in equine wobblers and cervical stabilization. While teaching at Washington State University, he saw a need to help owners and their horses with cervical cord compression. Working with a human orthopedic surgeon, Dr. George Bagby, and another veterinarian, Dr. Pam Wagner, he helped develop the surgical treatment used in horses and people for cervical cord compression (wobblers).

Growing up in Canada on his family's ranch, he learned about horses and cattle. Dr. Grant received his DVM from Washington State University in 1967. He did his internship and residency at the University of California at Davis. He returned to WSU to be on the faculty in 1969 and obtained a Master's in Veterinary Medicine in 1972. From WSU, he practiced on the standard-bred racing circuit in California for 2 years. He then returned to WSU as head of the Equine division. In 1979, he became a tenured full-time professor.

While at WSU, he was on the team that developed the use of diagnostic ultrasound, CT (CAT) scanning, and high-speed treadmill testing. He was also involved in the development of a practical prosthesis for use in horses requiring amputation, in addition to his involvement in developing a surgical treatment for wobblers.

Dr. Grant left WSU in 1990 to join the practice at SLREH, then owned by Doctors Jay and Ethel Rose. In 1995, he became a co-owner of the practice. While at the hospital, he continued to improve the technique that now uses a titanium Seattle Slew implant (basket). He left SLREH in March 2008.

Since the summer of 2008, Dr. Grant has been running his consulting practice, Barrie Grant Equine Consultant, in Bonsall, California, where he enjoys surgery and working with veterinarians and their clients. Dr. Grant also works at the Southern California race tracks as a state veterinarian.

He has been a marathoner and ultra-marathoner, as well as enjoying Ride 'n Tie and endurance racing. He enjoys spending time with his wife Vaughan and with their daughters and families - but especially with the 4 grandsons - Jackie, Rafferty, Joey, and Lachlan.