Scott received his veterinary degree from Purdue in 1984
Bios should be written to get a glimpse into a person’s past to see who they are today. It gives a perspective on their values, how they think and problem solve.
My grandfather was a farmer in Kansas. He farmed with a team of mules. My father and mother rode to school on horses in Kansas. Horses have been a theme in my family for generations.
My father was a veterinarian in the Air Force doing research. We moved around a lot so owning a horse was not in the picture. I would dream of owning a horse and finally once we settled in Indiana, we got horses. We had quarter horses on a 40 acre farm, and bred a few mares and raised and kept the foals. I was in high school. I rode in an unstructured environment, often bareback, careening around the farm.
I went to undergraduate and vet school at Purdue, graduating in 1984. I practiced for a clinic in Massachusetts for a year then went on my own and started an equine practice. I had practiced for 15 years when I sustained a back injury. I was told by an orthopedic surgeon that my spinal cord space was 70% occluded by disc material. He said statistically I would get the same results as surgery if I would go to a chiropractor, have physical therapy, and acupuncture. I chose the least invasive route and healed, which inspired me to help horses this way.
I took the IVAS acupuncture course and the ACVA certification course. I have been treating horses this way ever since. I feel that experiencing my own pain and healing with these holistic modalities allows me to understand when clients are uncertain about using chiropractic or acupuncture for their horses. It is a process and an evolution to engage a new and often personally unexplored system of medicine. It takes a certain amount of courage, faith and openness.