Northwest Equine Veterinary


Passion. Experience. Diligence.

Why choose us?

The doctors at Northwest Equine have over 45 years of combined equine medical experience. We have several areas of expertise, and work very hard to ensure that our skills are used to their full potential for each horse that we work with.

After being in business nearly 30 years, we have provided care for numerous horses and their owners. From diagnosing complex diseases, to performing advanced joint therapies, our patients receive optimum care at all stages of treatment.


Get in touch

Please don't hesitate to contact us if we can be of service to you and your horses. We are always accepting new clients. We are here to help you decide what treatment and preventative care measures are appropriate for your horses.

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Steve Latimer

A native from 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 lameness, lacerations, colics, dystocias, dentistry, sick foals to the most unusual and complex cases provided him with an incredibly broad medicine and surgery experience. As a member of the 1995 Atlanta Cup and 1996 Olympic Games veterinary crew, Dr. Latimer has progressively developed an exclusive interest and dedication to athletic injury and recovery and routinely works and consults with the most renowned lameness experts in the country.  Dr. Latimer attends multiple advanced lameness and sports medicine meetings every year, including several International Society of Equine Locomotion Pathology (I.S.E.L.P.) conferences. Through all these conferences and training, individual study, and nearly 30 years of practical experience, Dr. Latimer is widely recognized for lameness evaluations, pre-purchase exams, tendon ultrasonography and radiographic evaluation.  Today he routinely consults on or performs pre-purchase exams on high level performance horses both here and abroad.

Northwest Equine Veterinary Associates was one of the first practices in the Pacific Northwest to introduce cutting edge technologies such as focused shockwave, digital ultrasound and radiography, IRAP, Prostride, Platelet Rich Plasma and stem cell therapy for the diagnosis and treatment of sports related injuries.

Northwest Equine is one of the original practices to participate in WSU’s veterinary senior guided preceptorship program. On any given day he’s likely to have a student or colleague riding along so he can share his knowledge and practice philosophy.                                  

Dr. Latimer's spare time is dedicated to his wife, 3 grown children and his best buddy “Salty” a Parson Russell Terrier. If he’s not working, Dr. Latimer can usually be found fly fishing near the family cabin in Montana.



Washington State University
DVM, 1988

Certifications & Affiliations

•American Association of Equine Practitioners
•American Veterinary Medical Association
•International Society for Equine Locomotor Pathology



Olivia Schroeder

Dr. Olivia Schroeder hails from Virginia and 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.  

Since joining Northwest Equine, Dr. Schroeder has spent a large amount of her time cultivating her skills in lameness diagnostics and treatment.  She is a member of the International Society for Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP) and has attended several of their intensive meetings.   She particularly enjoys following her patients along the path to recovery and watching them return to their jobs. 

Dr. Schroeder has loved getting to know the Pacific Northwest and lives in Kent with her husband, their two children, and a variety of animals.  She is looking forward to many more years of taking care of the horses of Northwest Equine and their owners.



University of Pennsylvania
VMD - University of Pennsylvania, 2008
Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Equine Practice)- 2012

Certifications & Affiliations

•American Association of Equine Practitioners
•American Veterinary Medical Association
•Washington State Veterinary Medical Association
•American Board of Veterinary Practitioners
•International Society for Equine Locomotor Pathology



Ashley Trtek

Dr. Ashley Trtek, a native of the Pacific Northwest, developed a special interest in equine medicine during her undergraduate years at Washington State University (WSU). While earning her bachelor's degree in Animal Science, she worked for both the USDA and WSU's College of Veterinary Medicine, with a majority of her early equine experience coming from her work with WSU's Arabian research herd. After graduating from WSU's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015, Dr. Trtek went on to complete a one year equine surgery and medicine internship at Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical center in Leesburg, Virginia. While rotating between the surgery and internal medicine departments, she was most passionate about neonatal medicine, emergencies and other critical care cases. Upon completing the internship, she returned to Washington state to practice as an ambulatory equine practitioner. From routine annual care to the emergency colic, she is dedicated to providing both compassion and high-quality care to all patients. In her free time, Dr. Trtek enjoys hiking, back–packing, and road-tripping with her dogs. 

Certifications & Affiliations

•American Association of Equine Practitioners
•American Veterinary Medical Association


Washington State University
DVM, 2015


Kate Woodard

Dr. Woodard grew up in Iowa, where she learned to ride before she could walk. Viewing the horse as a teacher, she took advantage of every opportunity to ride horses of every background, breed, and education level. She began working at a youth camp as a volunteer wrangler assistant at the age of twelve and by the end of eight years, was responsible for two strings of twenty horses, several hundred acres of trail maintenance, starting young horses and evaluating new string additions, and teaching basic English and Western lessons. She also enjoyed showing stock horses and mules through 4-H at the county and state level during high school.

Dr. Woodard attended William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri, where she studied Biology and Equestrian Science. Her primary concentration was Hunter/Jumper and was actively involved with show team management. While at WWU, she also gained experience in Arabian western performance, dressage, and performance horse judging. After discovering an interest in endurance nutrition and performance, she spent a working for the Global Endurance Training Center in Moab, Utah. As part of a Mentor-Mentee project, she also planned and managed the first Special Olympics Equine Invitational in the State of Missouri. She worked a variety of jobs throughout her undergraduate experience, including tutoring, alumni relations, horse show grooming/braiding, and horse show photography.

Dr. Woodard is a 2013 graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. While pursuing her veterinary education, she sought opportunities to work with many excellent equine practitioners around the country and enjoyed learning from leaders in the sports medicine, lameness, reproduction, and kinematic research fields. She also acted as Co-Captain of the Equine Intensive Care Unit and did equine kinematics research as a Merial Veterinary Research Program Scholar. Dr. Woodard was recognized for her dedication to pursuing excellence in equine medicine as a Race for Education Winner’s Circle Scholarship and Miller-Roth Equine Medicine Scholarship recipient. In 2017, she also attended the Options for Animals Chiropractic College and received certification through the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association.

Dr. Woodard’s primary interests are in working horses and equine sports medicine, particularly lameness, chiropractic care, and soft tissue injury rehabilitation. She joined Northwest Equine after five years of general ambulatory equine practice in the Desert Southwest and has been a member of the International Society for Equine Locomotor Pathology since 2014. While practicing in Arizona, she also acted as a board member and lecturer for the Southern Arizona Equine Health Care Symposium and provided care and education for the United States Border Patrol mounted units.

In her free time, Dr. Woodard enjoys ultra-distance trail running, teaching self-defense for women and children, hiking, cooking, and spending time with her partner and corgi.

Certifications & Affiliations

•American Association of Equine Practitioners
•American Veterinary Medical Association
•International Society for Equine Locomotor Pathology
•International Veterinary Chiropractic Association


University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine
DVM, 2013


Support Staff


Carol - Office Manager

Carol was born and raised 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 their horse, Wrangler, two Australian Shepherd pups, two rescued Nigerian Dwarf goats and their many chickens and ducks. Together they enjoy trail rides, camping and taking the boat out crabbing and shrimping in the Puget Sound.


Ashley - Receptionist and Inventory Manager

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.

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Adrianna - Receptionist

Adrianna is a Pacific Northwest native and has always loved horses. She is also an avid mountain climber, and loves travel and adventure. Growing up alongside thoroughbred racehorses, Adrianna's passion and diligent spirit have helped her become an accomplished horsewoman. She brings experience from many different industries, and is happy to be working in the equine field with veterinarians. She joined Northwest Equine in 2018.


Britasha - Assistant

Britasha has been with Northwest Equine for 10 years and loves being a vet assistant. Although she graduated college as a medical assistant, she preferred working with horses. It's a very heart fulfilling job to help horses and assist such amazing veterinarians. She is also a mother of two kids, Ethan and Nathalie, and in her spare time she still rides her quarter horse Tiffany and her thoroughbred Chaos.

Kim - Assistant

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.


Ardelle - Assistant

Ardelle graduated from St. Lawrence University in upstate NY in 2009 with a BA in economics and political science focusing on conservation biology. She also competed on the equestrian team and was Reserve National Champion in 2007 and National Champion in 2008 in Huntseat Equitation. Ultimately, Ardelle decided that working with horses was too much fun and became a professional hunter/jumper trainer. After leaving law school, she took an apprenticeship with the Australian Olympic 3DE Team and World Cup Show Jumping Team in 2012. She has experience in training horses of all disciplines including jumping, dressage, eventing, track work, and even hippotherapy. While she isn't at Northwest Equine, she can be found working and volunteering at Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center. Ardelle is interested in pursuing a career in equine physio-therapy and regenerative therapy science. Her other hobbies include hiking, traveling, SCUBA diving, reading and of course, riding horses.

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Louisa - Assistant

Born in the Pacific Northwest, Louisa moved away from the Seattle area in the early 2000's. After 13 years in St. Louis MO, she returned to Washington after graduating with a Bachelors degree in Equine Science as well as a Masters Degree in Equine Education from William Woods University. Throughout her riding career, Louisa focused on show jumping. This passion took her around the country, to Nova Scotia Canada, and eventually to England for a Summer. Her equine experience extends into Dressage, Polo and Equine Assisted Therapy as well as being a Certified Equine Appraiser. Louisa has spent time raising service dogs for the physically handicapped, participating in musical theater and working on traveling to as many new places as possible. During her free time, Louisa takes every chance she can get to ride horses, hike, bike, get out on the water or spend time with family. Through her career, Louisa plans to use her experiences to return to the higher education setting and teach in an Equine University program, challenging and inspiring young equine enthusiasts to follow their passions. 



Mara - Assistant

Mara started riding on Bainbridge Island when she was six years old and has never looked back. Her love of horses led her through dressage, hunter/jumpers and now she competes in three-day eventing. She has been privileged to serve as a working student and groom for some of the area’s finest trainers and competitors. Watching the staff from Northwest Equine take good care of her horses over the years led her to want to become involved in veterinary care. She finds this work to be challenging, educational and loves that she is helping horses. While Mara is not at Northwest Equine, she manages an 80-acre farm with horses, llamas, alpacas or is riding and caring for her two horses, Titus and Joey.