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Dr. Ellis Farstvedt

My surgical practice has changed over the years from starting out as a general surgeon to currently being focused on minimally invasive surgery and referral elective procedures consisting mostly of orthopedic injuries. I perform many surgeries in the horse’s “home” practice and work closely with many veterinarians across the west. My general practice for the past 5 years has focused mostly on Sports Medicine and handling performance limiting scenarios, some of which have a medical/ surgical treatment and others needing help in the training/ horsemanship areas.

I grew up in Burns, Oregon; a small ranching and logging community in the southeastern part of the state. It was during this time that I was taught, or learned through the school of hard knocks, about horsemanship and husbandry from working on some of the large ranches in the area and mostly from my great friend Mr. Tom Clemens. I knew that I always wanted to work with livestock and horses and felt that as a veterinarian I’d have the best opportunity to do just that.

After 11 years of advanced education I finally “graduated” for the last time.  The stack of degrees that I had put together include: B.S. in Animal Science (CSU ’97), Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (OSU ’01),  and a Masters in Veterinary Surgical Clinical Sciences (CSU ’05). It was during my internship year at Idaho Equine Hospital (’01-’02) under the mentorship of Drs. Stuart Shoemaker and Billy Maupin that I really got “direction” in my career choice. I spent 3 years at CSU (’02-’05) and trained with the some of the best, and most influential, people in the equine surgical field and attained Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons following the residency program.

Since leaving the walls of academia I have been fortunate to work in a variety of areas throughout the western US. Although the majority of my work over the years has involved the western performance disciplines (barrel racing, cutting, reining, and rope horses); I have also very much enjoyed working with the English disciplines, endurance and my time in Thoroughbred racing. 

I met my wife, Dr. Mandi Holland, during my surgical residency at CSU; we decided to get married after we both had graduated.  We held together a long distance relationship while I finished up at CSU and she worked at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, AZ.  We got married in 2006, enjoyed a few years working and playing together, then started adding members to our family.  Averi was born in 2010 and Logan was born in 2012; both have become the loves of our lives.

As a family we enjoy hiking in the mountains, an occasional picnic, spending time with our families and boating. I enjoy competing in mountain trail races and train regularly to maintain my personal sanity and fitness.