Sheridan may have a pioneer in the field of equine prosthetics, a relatively new field of veterinary medicine. Dr. Ted Vlahos was recently called to the Kingdom of Bhutan for his expertise.
They operated on a horse that had shattered its back leg. The animal's owner thought the only option to save the horse was amputation, but Vlahos decided the animal just required surgery. While the event received attention in the local newspaper, he says his time in Buhtan was eye-opening, if not “enlightening."
Back in the United States, Dr. Vlahos owns the Sheridan Equine Hospital in Sheridan, across from Sheridan College. He has worked in northern Wyoming for about 15 years following time working in Ohio, North Carolina and Virginia.
It's been about ten years since he began working in equine prosthetics. Vlahos has done about 30 prosthetics cases here locally, and as the only specialist of his kind in Wyoming has worked with veterinarians across a four-state region.
He says equine prosthetics has been around for about 40 years, but they have been doing more cases thanks to advances in the past 10 or 12 years.
Vlahos has been featured on the Today Show, in the Wyoming Chronicles and the Billings Gazette did a story earlier this month.