Dr. Kathryn Golden

Dr. Kathryn Golden is a northern Illinois native. Her passion for horses took her to William Woods University in Fulton, MO where she studied in Equestrian Science. She then attended the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating with honors. Following veterinary school she completed a rigorous equine internship at Carolina Equine Hospital, a state of the art clinic in Greensboro, NC.

Her professional interests include ophthalmology, dentistry, preventative medicine, and sports medicine. She is an active member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), and often travels to meetings to teach veterinary students in wet labs. Dr. Golden is also a board member for the Illinois Equine Practitioners’ Association, a group that focuses on bringing continuing education events to Illinois practitioners and fostering an environment of collegiality among Illinois equine practitioners.

From an early age when she began riding through the park district, her passion for horses has only grown. She still enjoys time with her eventing horse, Spider, who she has had for nearly 20 years. Dr. Golden’s other interests are making up recipes, hiking, and spending time with her husband Ryan, family, and friends. You may catch a glimpse of her two German Short Haired Pointers, Cora and Piper, in the truck.


Dr. Laurel Meininger CVMMP

Dr. Laurel Meininger grew up in Omaha, NE. She received her B.A. from Colorado State University before moving to Ames, IA and receiving her DVM degree with honors from Iowa State University. Following graduation, Dr. Meininger completed a rigorous one-year hospital internship at Kendall Road Equine Hospital in Elgin, IL.

Dr. Meininger has a passion for horses of all disciplines and grew up riding on the hunter/jumper show circuit. Her veterinary interests include sports medicine, dentistry, preventative care, and emergency/critical care cases. Dr. Meininger strives to remain up-to-date in the veterinary and equine communities as an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, and the United States Equestrian Federation. In addition, Dr. Meininger is a board member of the Illinois Equine Practitioners’ Association.