Veterinarian Peter Rolfe joins Copper Spring Ranch Sports Medicine team
Dr. Peter R. Rolfe, DVM, an equine sports medicine and reproduction specialist, has joined the professional staff at the Copper Spring Ranch (CSR) Sports Medicine Center of Bozeman, MT.
At the state-of-the-art veterinary facility, Rolfe will supervise the comprehensive reproductive service that covers the gamut from semen collection, freezing and collection, to embryo recovery and transfer, phantom training and reproductive management of the mare and stallion. In addition, he plans to utilizing his extensive background in sports medicine and general equine medical service as part of the highly trained team.
Rolfe comes to the veterinary clinic at Copper Spring Ranch from Fort Collins, CO, where he operated the Performance Equine, LLC practice for seven years.
Rolfe received his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Oregon State University in 1999. After graduation, he returned to his home town in Reno, NV, to work in a mixed animal practice before returning to Oregon State University to serve as a clinical instructor at the ambulatory service for the college’s teaching hospital.
While there, Rolfe headed up reproductive and dental courses for fourth-year veterinary students and aided them with lameness-focused electives while also serving the equine clients of the community.
At Corvallis, he recognized a strong passion for equine sports medicine and began to pursue his interest in treating the equine athlete. In the process, he continued to obtain more advanced experience on advanced reproduction and sports medicine at referral equine practices in several states.
Rolfe’s professional experience has included extensive reproductive work with clients in the Flagstaff, AZ with high-end performance mares and stallions. During his career, he treated equine athletes ranging from multiple National Finals Rodeo (NFR)-qualified barrel horses (including a two-time NFR arena record holder) to numerous Grand Prix level dressage horses.
While in Fort Collins, his practice ran the spectrum from English and western performance to complex reproduction cases with valuable broodmares.
To advance his knowledge, Rolfe has completed an intensive six-month detailed course in equine chiropractics at Options for Animals in Kansas. Through the course, he obtained bio-mechanical and chiropractic knowledge that he applies on a daily basis to his practice evaluating horses.
“It enables me to pick up on subtle points and gives me insight into where to look to diagnose challenging problems,” he said.
For the past five years, Rolfe has also competed in dressage competition. “I started challenging myself and it helps me to understand the horse on another level and as a result, it helps me to be a better veterinarian,” he noted.
Another associated project is to obtain his certification as an F.E.I.-approved veterinarian.
Rolfe’s wife, Tracy, is currently working as a high school counselor in Fort Collins and plans on joining her husband at the end of the school year.
Ellis Farstvedt, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS, is the managing veterinarian at the CSR Sports Medicine Center. Other veterinarians on the staff are: Lisa Baller, DVM, CVA; Mandi Holland, DVM and Alan Goldhahn, DVM.
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