Tracy Turner, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, Dipl. ACVSMR
Mr. Turner began his professional career as a farrier and used those skills to help finance his education. He received his DVM degree from Colorado State University in 1978. He completed an internship at the University of Georgia and a surgical residency as well as a Master of Science degree at Purdue University in 1981. His Master’s thesis was “Thermography of the Lower Limb of the Horse.” He served on the faculty of the Universities of Illinois, Florida and Minnesota. At Minnesota, he was Head of Large Animal Surgery and attained the rank of full Professor before leaving academics to join Anoka Equine Clinic in 2004. In 2016, he started his own practice dedicated to Sports Medicine and Surgery. In 2004, Turner was inducted into the International Equine Veterinarian’s Hall of Fame.
Turner's primary research efforts have focused on equine lameness with particular interest in equine podiatry, back issues in horses, rehabilitation and thermography. His podiatry research has evaluated the radiographic and morphologic characteristics of hoof imbalance, as well as the differential diagnosis of palmar foot pain (PFP) and the development of PFP treatment strategies. Turner has researched the use of diagnostic imaging techniques for evaluation of equine back problems (including saddle fit) and developed epidemiological data on overriding spinous processes in horses. He pioneered the use of thermography as a diagnostic aid in lameness evaluation, as well as its use in horse welfare regulation. Turner has extensively published on these topics and been invited to lecture nationally and internationally.
Turner is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, a Diplomate of the American College of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Thermology. He is an active member of the AVMA, AAEP and the American Horse Council. Turner has served as chairman of the AAEP's Farrier Liaison Committee, served on the AAEP Foundation Advisory Council and the AAEP Educational Programs Committee. Presently, he is on the AAEP Board of Directors. He is a past president of the Minnesota Association of Equine Practitioners and a member of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association. He is a member of the board of directors of the Minnesota Horse Council and is currently the Minnesota Horse Council vice-president and chair for the Legislative and Horse Welfare committees. He is currently president of the American Academy of Thermology. He has consulted for United States Equestrian Federation, The USDA Horse Protection and Federation Equestrienne International (FEI). He has participated as an instructor at Equitarian Workshops in Mexico, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. He has participated in the Equitarian projects in Honduras and Costa Rica. He is married to veterinarian Julia Wilson and has two sons.