Dr. Craig Brooks was raised in the Central Valley of California in the apricot capital of the world, Patterson. His family farmed (you guessed it) apricots and he had the privilege of growing up with many different animals on the farm. He was an avid FFA member and enjoyed caring for and showing animals. His desire to become a Veterinarian arose in Jr. High, and with hard work and perseverance he realized his dream when he graduated from UC Davis in 1986 as a veterinarian.
Dr. Brooks has practiced equine medicine his entire tenure as a veterinarian. He owned and operated a mobile veterinary practice for his first 10 years out of school. He opened Taylor Veterinary Hospital in 1996, building a full in-house equine and small animal hospital facility. Now he was able to provide the quality veterinary medicine he so desired in the setting of a full service hospital. His current focus is equine reproduction, surgery, both general surgery and small animal orthopedics , and practice management.
Dr. Brooks and his wife Samantha have been married for over 25 years and have five wonderful children. His faith and family, he would tell you, are the two most important things in his life. Horses and caring for them will however take a close 3rd.
Dr. Mike Stanford grew up on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Coming from a family of non-horse people, Mike got a late start in the horse world, learning to ride his Junior year in high school. The course, however, was set. College followed at Virginia Intermont College with a degree in Horsemanship with a focus on riding, teaching, and training jumpers. Mike later attended the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and, after graduation, owned his own horse farm focusing primarily on sport horse training and breeding. In his 19 years of equine practice he has focused on lameness, dentistry, nutrition, and reproduction including semen collection and freezing, artificial insemination, and embryo transfer.
Mike has just moved down from British Columbia to join our practice as a full-time associate and is available to assist our clients for all their equine routine and emergency needs. When not working at Taylor Equine, Mike and his far better half, Jana, are avid long-distance motorcyclists having ridden in 49 US states and 3 Canadian provinces and territories. They spend much of their free time outdoors hiking and camping and look forward to exploring more of California.
Dr. Jessica Anderson grew up in South Florida where from a very young age, it was apparent that she had a passion for horses. She became involved with American Saddlebred show horses and competed at shows all over the country while growing up and through college. She also spent summers riding pleasure horses in the mountains of Montana where her father grew up. In 2009, Dr. Anderson earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the University of Central Florida. She spent the next two years working for various equine practices as a veterinary technician in Lexington, Kentucky and Ocala, Florida. It was during this time that her interest in equine veterinary medicine grew, and she knew that her dream would be to become an equine veterinarian. Dr. Anderson went on to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University in St. Kitts, West Indies, after completing her clinical year at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in January of 2015. She then promptly moved across the country to Southern California to complete a 16 month internship with West Coast Equine Medicine in Fallbrook.
Dr. Anderson has joined our team and is now a full time associate here at Taylor Equine hospital. She will be available for all of your horse's veterinary needs including emergency calls. Her particular interests are in equine sports medicine, alternative medicine, and rescue horse rehabilitation, but she truly enjoys all aspects of equine veterinary medicine in general. Dr. Anderson is currently enrolled in a program and is undergoing training to become a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist through the CHI Institute of Integrative Veterinary Medicine in Reddick, Florida. She anticipates earning this certification in December of 2016, and is looking forward to being able to offer Acupuncture therapy to the patients of Taylor Equine Hospital. Outside of work and study, Dr. Anderson enjoys traveling and going on adventures with her rescue dog, Carib, who she adopted during vet school in St. Kitts.
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