Nick Huggons, DVM DACVS
Dr. Huggons attended the University of Alberta for his undergraduate studies, subsequently graduating from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatchewan, Canada. He went on to complete an equine specialty internship here at San Luis Rey Equine Hospital, followed by an intense three year Equine Surgical Residency at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Huggons is board certified and obtained Diplomate status under the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He is a member of the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology and is working toward official certification.
After practicing as the head surgeon at a large equine referral hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, he took the challenge of working as a clinical instructor and emergency surgeon in the Equine Surgery & ICU department at Washington State University, before starting his career as a practice owner. Dr. Huggons research publications include topics such as tendon injury biomarkers, advanced imaging modalities, and cervical vertebral malformation. He has presented at multiple conferences on these topics, as well as subjects involving joint disease and current joint therapies, synovial structures of the equine distal limb, and management of septic synovial structures.
Dr. Huggons interests include orthopedic, airway, laparoscopic, soft tissue, and emergency surgeries, as well as advanced lameness diagnostics and imaging.
Korin Potenza, DVM CVA
Resident, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
Dr. Potenza obtained her Bachelors of Science degree from Cornell University and went on to graduate from the University of California, Davis- School of Veterinary Medicine. She then completed an equine medical and surgical internship here at San Luis Rey Equine Hospital. Following the internship, Dr. Potenza sought out advanced training in diagnostic imaging and navicular bursography through the Masters program at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Potenza is certified in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture. She is a licensed official under the United States Equestrian Federation with certification as an FEI Veterinary Delegate. She is a member of the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology and is working toward official certification. An avid member of the United States Eventing Association, she enjoys competing, as well as serving as the on site veterinarian for equestrian sports events.
Dr. Potenza has pursued further specialized education in diagnostic ultrasound and lameness, and equine rehabilitation including gaining Certification in Equine Rehabilitation. After practicing as an associate focusing on Sports Medicine/Lameness and Internal Medicine at a large equine referral hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, she decided to enhance her sports medicine and acupuncture skills in the New England area before transitioning into the ownership role at San Luis Rey Equine Hospital.
Dr. Potenza’s interests include sports medicine, advanced lameness diagnostics, ultrasonography, and equine rehabilitation. She is available for rehabilitation consultations to referring veterinarians and clients.