Dr. Bickel treated my
gelding after discovering a hind meniscus injury. He was
in training, and I live in Colorado. This added another
level of concern, as I was unable to be present during
his treatment and recovery. However, Dr. Bickel was
fantastic not only in her knowledge of the injury, but
also through the great communication she provided me.
She took the time to explain treatment options,
prognosis, and was accessible to answer all my
questions. I am thankful for the wonderful care my horse
received under Dr. Bickel, and am thrilled to have a
very happy and sound horse back at home!
I first met Dr. Bickel & Katie in August 2010
when Jessie needed an ultrasound of his left
stifle, he had torn the lateral meniscus. With
Dr. Bickel’s veterinary practice being
completely mobile, she was the perfect choice. I
did not want to put Jessie back in a trailer &
haul-in for follow-up care. We proceeded with
Shockwave Therapy treatments and ultrasounds.
Once the meniscus was healed, rear end lameness
was still evident. Dr. Bickel did x-rays and we
discovered that Jessie had lesions on both hocks
and would require surgery. I was quite hesitant
to do surgery. Dr. Bickel answered various
questions and provided me with information, so I
could make the best decision for Jessie’s future
show career. We decided to do a procedure called
Cunean Tenectomy, also known as Jack Cord
Surgery. With daily bandage changes, hand
walking, massages and various rehab, Jessie is
now back to work. Jessie is so happy and it
really shows in how well he is feeling!
Jessie is a very special horse and I am very
particular when it comes to his veterinary care.
He deserves the best!
I can’t thank Dr. Bickel and Katie enough for
all the time/care/support they have provided
for me and Jessie. I am very impressed with the
honest, compassionate care they have provided
for Jessie! I highly recommend Whole Horse
Veterinary Services for any of your horses
needs. They make sure that the horse is always
safe and comfortable, never getting upset at the
animal for not understanding a procedure that
they may be trying to work on. They are both
very patient / kind and have the utmost concern
for the animal’s well-being.
In my opinion, you will not find a
veterinarian/assistant with more compassion &
commitment to the well being of your animal than
Dr. Bickel & Katie.
- Su Schmerheim
"This filly at only days
old was knucked over off her rear end where as
she could not nurse or stand unassisted. Within
days of her initial treatment she was making
progress with rear toe extensions and wraps for
support. After a week she is running around the
stall unassisted and just fine. Her future
success is owed to Whole Horse, Denise & Katie
made her future bright."
Debbie LaMay, JDS stables, breeder and trainer
of champion Morgan horses
"Thank you for your "doctoring" because of your quick attention, Ladybug's leg healed nicely. Tori and Ladybug were able to go to the State Championships and compete with their team and are now State Champions!"
I just wanted to say
thank you so much for everything you have done
for us! Thanks to you Gucci is on her way to
recovery. I don't know what I would have done
Thank you so much, Melissa
In June of 2008, my quarter horse gelding came down with
Potomac fever. He was extremely sick, and we thought we
would lose him. Dr. Bickel treated him with IV fluids,
and many other medications, that I couldn’t begin to
list. He did come through the fever, but through the
next month he ended up with many complications. Thanks
to the diligent care of Dr. Bickel he survived them all.
However, as a result of the fever, he ended up with
severe laminitis. Unfortunately, he ended up with a high
degree of rotation in both of his coffin bones.
next several months, Dr. Bickel worked very closely with
me to improve my gelding’s mobility. She took several
sets of x-rays. Using the x-rays and natural hoof
trimming techniques, we were able to get his coffin
bones back to a normal position. He is not yet sound,
but continues to improve. We are keeping our hopes up
for a full recovery. In my opinion, most other vets
would not have given so much of their time and/or
resources. Dr. Bickel has a passion for helping horses,
and it shines through. I can’t thank Dr. Bickel enough
for all of the help she has given to me over the past
I had an Aussie saddle for sale and these nice ladies
came to my house. I mentioned to her I was in need of a
new Coggins as well as a Health certificate as I am
hauling my horse to Florida. She went right over to my
barn 2 miles down the road. She was so patient with my
moody mare...She had her tongue in her hand as I had
some concerns about whether my horse needed to be
floated or not, My 16hh horse carried on.. the vet and
her assistant didn't even flinch - a real pro!
I was very
impressed and the prices are VERY GOOD. They are very
knowledgeable and have some amazing equipment with them.
If you want a great deal and top notch care for your
horse call these people they are GREAT!
Kimberly Hillary, Ann Arbor, MI
summer our stallion Tardy Wind had a very serious leg
infection and his entire leg was huge and
swollen, we almost lost him. It was a hard long
struggle, but thanks very much to Dr. Bickel, Tardy
pulled through! Although Tardy does still have
a swollen leg-due to circulatory issues that are
untreatable, but the
is gone and Tardy is back to his old self and doing
great! I want to thank
Dr Bickel for caring so
much about his care and for using all her resources
possible for treatment. He's a
special guy and we would have been devastated to
also want to mention she treated a mare of mine, Poco,
recently with a leg
wound. Poco was not too happy about her leg being
treated. But Dr Bickel gave us some medicine that made
easy to treat her, in spite of the mare's protests
leg healed up great.
want to recommend Dr Bickel to anyone, she truly cares
about animals and will answer any of your questions.
Sara is a 10 year old foundation Percheron mare, and
works as a police horse with the
Jackson County Sheriff's Mounted Patrol, partnered by
her owner, Deputy John Fatchett. Jake is a 5 year old
paint/quarterhorse gelding who is a budding trail horse
with his owner Tonya Fatchett. Sara and Jake have always
experienced outstanding care from Dr. Bickel, and are
happy and healthy as ever due to her quick and
experienced urgent care, compiled with her well-horse
checkups and preventive treatment. Compassion with
technical excellence - we couldn't ask for more!
My lovely TB/Dutch Warmblood mare
gave me a beautiful colt in 2002 who is now a dressage
horse in England. I would dearly love to get a filly
from her to carry on my little breeding program.
However, Pearl has a bad uterine biopsy score which will
make carrying a foal difficult. Dr. Bickel has been
willing to try some "last ditch effort" treatments to
improve Pearl's uterine environment so that she might be
able to carry another foal. Dr.
Bickel made no promises, but I'm very glad to find a
veterinarian who is willing to work with me. Everyone
else advised me to give up on this mare---which I may
have to do; but at least I'll know that everything
possible was tried.
Thank you, Dr. Bickel, for your efforts.
Denise Bickel DVM
Whole Horse Veterinary Services
Phone # 517-474-4050
Fax # 517-764-7710
3906 Seymour Rd
Jackson, MI 49201