Dr. Brad Jackman graduated from Kansas State University in 1987 with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, he completed a one year internship and three year equine surgical residency at the University of Georgia. After his residency, he served as an instructor of surgery at both the University of Saskatchewan and Washington State University and became board certified in surgery during that time. He joined Pioneer in 1995 and became a partner in the practice in 1996. In 2007, Dr. Jackman became the sole owner and CEO of Pioneer Equine Hospital. He continues to be an active committee member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners as well as the recruitment and development of equine veterinary students.
Dr. MacDonald was born and raised in ‘the great white north’ (Canada). He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Guelph and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Ontario Veterinary College University of Guelph. Following a one-year internship at Okotooks Animal Clinic in Alberta, he completed a residency in Large Animal Surgery and Masters of Veterinary Science at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He became a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1997 and has been a staff surgeon at Pioneer Equine Hospital since December 2000. Dave’s focus at Pioneer is surgery and lameness. Dave and his wife, Erica, have two sons, Jacob and Mitchell, and enjoy spending time together outside.
A graduate of Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Jackman joined Pioneer in 2010. Originally from Boksburg, South Africa, Dr. Jackman completed her Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences at Colorado State University and then went on to obtain her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in May 2003. Upon completion of her formal schooling, Karen completed a one year internship at Littleton Equine Medical Center in Colorado, and then stayed on as an associate until joining Pioneer. Karen’s professional interests include lameness, internal and preventive medicine, and ophthalmology. Because of her especially strong interest in conditions of the horse eye, Karen has enjoyed taking numerous courses on equine-specific ophthalmology over the years and has become adept at treating and managing challenging “eye” cases. Outside of work Karen enjoys running, other outdoor activities, and spending time with family and friends (of both the 2- and 4-legged variety).
Dr. Hallstrom grew up in her father’s small animal veterinary clinic in the East Bay Area, but she never outgrew the “horse bug”. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from UCLA in 1995, and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from UC Davis in 2000. She worked in general equine practice in the Central Valley for 12 years before joining the Pioneer team in 2012. Her professional interests include dentistry, mare and foal care, preventive and internal medicine, and endocrinology. In her spare time she can be found attempting dressage on one of her three horses, hiking, and bird-watching.
Dr. Vickerman was born and raised in Minnesota where she grew up with a variety of horses and animals on her family’s small hobby farm. She received her Bachelor of Science degree and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Minnesota. Ready to leave the cold snow of Minnesota, she completed her internship at Pioneer Equine Hospital in 2014 and then stayed on as an associate. She received her acupuncture certification from the Chi Institute in 2017. Her professional interests include acupuncture, ophthalmology, and preventive and geriatric medicine, though she truly enjoys all aspects of being a general practitioner. Outside of work, Dr. Vickerman enjoys gardening, hiking, backpacking, and spending time with family and friends.
Becky grew up on her family horse farm in a small town in upstate New York. She attended Mount Holyoke College for undergraduate education during which she majored in neuroscience, competed at the upper levels of dressage, and captained the hunt seat equestrian team. She took a year off after college to reach her goal of competing at Grand Prix while working as an equine veterinary technician. She continued on to vet school at Cornell University where she developed a passion for equine surgery working as an overnight surgery technician and in an equine orthopedic research lab. She then completed a rotating equine internship at Equine Medical Center of Ocala in Florida in 2018. Subsequently, she was fortunate to be selected for a surgical residency in equine surgery at Texas A&M University. Following the completion of her residency in 2021, she was lucky enough to join the surgical team at Pioneer equine where she’s excited to continue to pursue her passion for orthopedic, soft tissue, and emergency surgery, as well as lameness. In her spare time, she looks forward to exploring the outdoors of CA with her dogs, Rowan and Kayenta, settling into Oakdale with cat, Carl, and riding her young Dutch Warmblood Stallion, Nth Degree (aka Digit).
Dr. Brenner graduated from UC Davis in 1994 with a B.S. in Animal Science with an equine emphasis and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. Upon graduation, she entered general equine practice for three years and then returned to UC Davis for a Large Animal Ultrasound Internship from 2006-2007. Her internship was followed by employment as a staff veterinarian in the Equine Ultrasound Department at Davis. In late 2007, Dr. Brenner established an equine ultrasound consultation practice offering services to Pioneer Equine Hospital. Additionally, Dr. Brenner is currently the veterinary anatomy and physiology instructor at the Modesto Junior College within the veterinary technician program. Her professional interests lie in diagnostic imaging for musculoskeletal injuries and internal medicine. Similarly, her non-professional interests lie in all things horse related, including a weak attempt at returning to 3-day eventing on any one of her rescued horses.
Dr. Melanie Connor grew up in Southern California spending the majority of her time out at the barn. She began showing horses in both the local and rated hunter/jumper circuits at a young age and continued to show throughout her veterinary school career. Melanie received both her Bachelor of Science and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Colorado State University. After vet school Melanie completed her internship here at Pioneer and then stayed on as an associate to work in the East Bay. She received her acupuncture certification from CuraCore in 2020. She has a special interest in equine sports medicine and rehabilitation along with diagnostic imaging. Outside of work she enjoys hiking with her dog “Huck”, rock climbing, camping, and riding her horse “Louie”.