Meet Our Team
Get to know us! Northwest Equine has a talented and diligent team ready to assist you with all of your equine veterinary needs.
A native of Washington State, Dr. Latimer graduated from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. After 2 years working in general practice, Dr. Latimer co-founded Northwest Equine Veterinary Associates initiating his career as an equine exclusive practitioner in 1990. The wide variety of cases from lamenesses, lacerations, colics, dystocias, dentistry, sick foals to the most unusual and complex cases provided him with an incredible broad medicine and surgery experience. In the last 14 years though, Dr. Latimer developed a special interest in sports medicine and advanced dentistry dedicating his time and efforts into furthering his knowledge and education into these fields. Through numerous conferences, trainings, individual studying and years of practice Dr. Latimer became an expert in advanced lameness evaluations, tendon ultrasonography, and radiographic evaluation of bones and joints. Today due to his sports medicine expertise and renowned reputation he is highly requested by many accomplished equestrian professionals and routinely consults on pre-purchase evaluations of high level performance horses many being imported into the country. Along with his diagnostic skills, Dr. Latimer was one of the first veterinarians in the Northwest to introduce into the field cutting-edge technologies such as Shockwave therapy, digital radiography, Stem Cell therapy, IRAP® and Platelet Rich Plasma for the diagnosis and treatment of equine sport related injuries. Along with these important lameness related developments, Dr. Latimer has been in the vanguard of advanced dentistry providing his patients with sophisticated power floating, composite restoration of cavities, orthodontic correction (braces), and periodontal treatment. Dr. Latimer is famous for his eagerness to share his knowledge and love to teach; he is one of the original veterinarians to participate in the WSU veterinary senior student preceptorship program. Dr. Latimer’s spare time is dedicated to his wife and three children, their two lively Jack Russell terriers, and biking.
Dr. Olivia Schroeder obtained her veterinary degree from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. She completed a year-long internship in equine ambulatory medicine at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine before spending a year working as an associate veterinarian at an equine-only private practice in central Virginia. Wishing to become further specialized in equine practice, she then went on to complete a residency in Equine Field Service and Sports Medicine at the New Bolton Center of the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine. She became board certified in equine practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in December 2012. After her residency, she continued to work for a year as a staff veterinarian in Equine Field Service at New Bolton Center before joining the staff at Northwest Equine in 2013. Her veterinary interests are lameness and sports medicine, preventive health, and reproduction. A native of Virginia, Dr. Schroeder is new to the Northwest and is looking forward to exploring the area and getting to know the people and their horses. She lives in Maple Valley with her husband, their two cats, and their dog. They enjoy hiking, camping, and traveling.
Dr. Katherine Sickler graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2015. Prior to joining Northwest Equine she completed an equine internship at Brazos Valley Equine Hospital in Salado, TX. Brazos Valley Equine Hospital serves as a full service equine specialty center serving horse owners and veterinarians in Texas and the surrounding states. During her time there she experienced many challenging and rewarding cases and is excited to contribute her knowledge and enthusiasm to the practice. Katherine enjoys all aspects of general practice, but she has a special interest in sports medicine and alternative therapies. She is currently certified in veterinary medical acupuncture through One Health Scientific Integrative Medicine. When she isn’t working Katherine enjoys baking and hiking with her dog, Topanga.
Carol was born and raised right here in the Pacific Northwest and joined Northwest Equine in the spring of 2000. She finds it very rewarding to work in a practice where the doctors and staff share a true compassion for the care of our equine companions. Carol and her husband, Chris share their home with two horses; a thirty-five year-old Standardbred mare named Mackie and a sixteen year-old paint gelding named Wrangler. She recently adopted two of the cutest Nigerian Dwarf goats - they are definitely entertaining! These, along with their chickens and ducks keep them busy around the house. When Carol has free time, she enjoys going on trail rides with friends, taking the camper to the ocean and when Chris isn't fishing, they go crabbing and shrimping.
Ashley grew up in Kent and moved to Maple Valley when she was 8 years old. Ashley is a true animal lover and has a soft heart for stray, sick, or injured animals - who she often rescues. She spends her spare time caring for her new filly, going dirt biking, hiking, and fishing. She still has her first horse, Savanna, who she takes cow sorting and on trail rides. Her favorite thing about working at Northwest Equine is helping to care for the horses and being there to support their owners. She loves the equine veterinary field, and wants to gain as much knowledge and experience as she can to pursue further education as an equine veterinary technician.
After taking college courses for medical assisting, Britasha decided that she preferred to take care of horses rather than humans and has been at Northwest Equine ever since - for the last 8 years! She has lived in the Maple Valley area for most of her life. In her spare time, she likes to train her own horses and competes with them on the AQHA circuit - western and english. She is currently in the process of breaking her three-year-old Quarter Horse filly. Aside from her passion for horses, she is a mom to two beautiful babies, Ethan and Nathalie. Between the horses and children, she has her hands full!
Kim was born and raised in Washington State, and grew up in the small town of Snohomish. In her spare time she rides her horses, including her first horse, named Mercy. She enjoys riding several different disciplines, including eventing, trail riding, saddle seat, and showing American Saddlebreds. She likes how educational her job is, and that she learns something new each day that she comes to work at Northwest Equine. The veterinary field suits Kim perfectly because she has a great love for animals and the desire to care for them in their time of need.
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STEVE LATIMER, DVM OLIVIA SCHROEDER, VMD DABVP (EQUINE) KATHERINE SICKLER, DVM cVMA
NORTHWEST EQUINE VETERINARY ASSOCIATES