Abington Equine Hospital currently provides lameness, routine surgical, minor emergency surgical, and reproductive services at their ship-in clinic in Port Matilda, PA. Coming Fall 2021! A full equine surgical hospital facility, offering colic surgery, arthroscopy, and more!.

Why seek the care of an equine veterinary surgeon?

The veterinary surgeon ideally works in close contact with the referring veterinarian and the owner throughout the case.

A veterinary surgeon is a veterinarian who has sought out advanced training beyond vet school. This is usually in the form of a 1 year internship followed by a 3 year residency that focuses on surgery and lameness. The residency requires that a certain case load is met which includes requirements for each type of case. This extra education and experience in the field of surgery and lameness prepares the veterinary surgeon to deal with complex cases as well as any complications that may arise post-operatively.

Beyond these requirements, Dr. Radtke has also completed a yearlong fellowship in orthopedics (study of bones) as well as a PhD in the study of the use of stem cells in equine bone healing.

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  1. Gordon DL, Radtke CL. Treatment of chronic sinusitis in a horse with systemic and intra-sinus antimicrobial therapy. Can Vet J: accepted.
  2. Gomez DE, Radtke CL, Russell LA, Lopez A, Wichtel M. Acute pancreatitis following granulosa cell tumor removal in a mare. Can Vet J 2015;56(10):1049-52.
  3. Radtke CL, Nino-Fong R, Rodriguez-Lecompte JC, Esparza Gonzalez B, Stryhn H, McDuffee LA. Osteogenic potential of sorted equine mesenchymal stem cell subpopulations. Can J Vet Res 2015 Apr;79(2):101-8.
  4. Muirhead TL, Pack L, Radtke CL. Unilateral Notomelia in a Newborn Holstein Calf. Can Vet J 2014;55(7):659-62.
  5. Radtke CL, Nino-Fong R, Esparza Gonzalez BP, McDuffee LA. Application of a novel mesenchymal stem cell sorting system for equine mesenchymal stem cells. Can J Vet Res 2014 Oct;78(4):290-6.
  6. Radtke CL, Nino-Fong R, Esparza Gonzalez BP, et al. Characterization and Osteogenic Potential of Equine Muscle Tissue and Periosteal Tissue-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Comparison with Bone Marrow and Fat Tissue-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells. Am J Vet Res 2013;74:790-800.
  7. Bentley VA, Sample SJ, Livesey MA, Scollay MC, Radtke CL, Frank JD, Kalscheur VL, Muir P. Morphologic changes associated with functional adaptation of the navicular bone of horses. J Anat 211:662-672, 2007.
  8. Morgan JW, Santschi EM, Zekas L, Scollay-Ward MC, Markel MD, Radtke CL, Sample SJ, Keuler NS, Muir P. Comparison of radiography and computed tomography to evaluate metacarpo- and metatarso-phalangeal joint pathology of paired limbs of Thoroughbred racehorses sustaining a severe condylar fracture. Vet Surg 35:611-617, 2006.
  9. Muir P, McCarthy J, Radtke CL, Markel MD, Santschi EM, Scollay MC, Kalscheur VL. Role of endochondral ossification of articular cartilage and adaptation of the subchondral plate in the development of fatigue microcracking of joints. Bone 38:342-349, 2006.
  10. Da Costa Gómez T, Barrett JG, Sample SJ, Radtke CL, Kalscheur VL, Lu Y, Santschi EM, Scollay MC, Markel MD, Muir P. Up-regulation of site-specific remodeling without accumulation of microcracking and loss of osteocytes. Bone 37:16-24, 2004.
  11. Danova NA, Colopy SA, Radtke CL, Kalscheur VL, Markel MD, Vanderby Jr. R, McCabe RP, Escarcega AJ, Muir P. Degradation of bone structural properties by accumulation and coalescence of microcracks. Bone 33:197-205, 2003.
  12. DaCosta Gómez T, Radtke CL, Kalscheur VL, Swain CA, Scollay MC, Edwards RB, Santschi EM, Markel MD, Muir P. Effect of focused and radial extracorporeal shockwaves on equine third metacarpal/third metatarsal bone microdamage. Vet Surg 33:49-55, 2004.
  13. Stepnik MW, Radtke CL, Scollay MC, Oshel PE, Albrecht RM, Santschi EM, Markel MD, Muir P. Fractographic examination of third metacarpal/third metatarsal bone failure surfaces in Thoroughbred racehorses using scanning electron microscopy. Vet Surg 33:2-10, 2004.
  14. Radtke CL, Danova NA, Scollay MC, Santschi EM, Markel MD, Muir P. Fatigue fracture of the condyles of the third metacarpal/third metatarsal bone in Thoroughbred racehorses. Am J Vet Res 64:1110-1116, 2003.

Currently available on-farm surgery services:

  • In-depth evaluations of complicated lamenesses
  • Joint injections and therapies
  • Surgical recommendations and evaluation of
    • Radiographs
    • Tendon ultrasounds
    • Abdominal ultrasounds
  • Castrations
  • Umbilical hernia repair
  • Selected standing surgical procedures
  • Selected upper airway surgical procedures
  • Sinoscopy and sinus surgeries
  • Laceration repair
  • Wound revision and care

Surgery services to come:

  • Abdominal Surgery (colic)
  • Arthroscopy/ Tenoscopy
  • Dental and Sinus Surgery
  • Fracture Repair
  • General Soft Tissue Surgery
  • Neonatal Abdominal Surgery
  • Neonatal Orthopedics
  • Ophthalmic Surgery
  • Septic Joint Therapy
  • Tendon Sheath Therapy
  • Upper Airway Surgery
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Catherine L. Radtke, DVM, PhD

Dr. Radtke, head of surgery and future hospital operations, grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she spent many years competing in the hunter/jumper circuit. During high school, she worked as a polo groom, as well as a technician at Wisconsin Equine Clinic and Hospital. In 2001, she obtained her Bachelors of Science Degree in Animal Sciences from the University of River Falls, and in 2005, she earned her degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

After completing a one-year in-hospital rotating internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, she spent the next 2 years working for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission as a regulatory veterinarian. From there, she completed a one-year orthopedic surgery fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center. She then completed a three-year large animal surgical residency program and earned her PhD in regenerative medicine at the University of Prince Edward Island, Atlantic Veterinary College.

Dr. Radtke stayed on with the veterinary school for two years to provide surgical sabbatical coverage for other surgeons. Dr. Radtke’s training establishes her as a qualified and highly respected surgeon, and enables her to perform a range of soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries that are currently not offered in the area. This diverse training will provide a larger number of surgical services for referring veterinarians and clients.