Theriogenologist John Steiner DVM, Dip. ACT is hospitalized in Albany, New York this weekend after being injured in the head during a procedure on a Morgan stallion.
Dr. Steiner is in a medically-induced coma, according to local newspaper reports, with severe brain injuries. He is reported to be in critical condition.
This news brings home the message to all professionals that working around horses can be (and is) a dangerous job and that every precaution should be taken while on the job.
Dr. Steiner was a very experienced veterinarian and certainly this was a freak accident.
He is known for his work for many years in the field of equine reproduction while on staff at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Kentucky and had recently moved to New York where he joined the Rhinebeck Equine group practice in the very horsey Dutchess County area, outside New York City.
A statement from his family said that notes and cards may be sent in care of the Rhinebeck Equine Clinic at 26 Losee Lane; Rhinebeck, NY 12572 or to the New York State Veterinary Medical Society.
(By the way, a theriogenologist is someone who specializes in reproduction.)
Kind, healing wishes to Dr. Steiner. And be careful out there, friends.