Badger Equine Veterinary Services
What We Offer:
- Internal Medicine
- Lameness and Sport Medicine
- Pre-Purchase Exams
- Equine Reproduction
- Spinal Manipulation Therapy
- Nutrition Consultation
- Preventative Care
- Field Surgical Procedures
- Equine Dentistry
- Equine Ophthalmology
Margaret Courter, DVM
Small Animal and Equine (mixed) Veterinarian, Equine Medical Director
Dr. Courter joined the Badger Veterinary Hospital and Badger Equine Veterinary Services teams in 2017 after earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from UW-Madison. Dr. Courter’s equine clinical interests include preventative health, dentistry, lameness, sports medicine, and geriatric care. Her small animal clinical interests include preventative health, internal medicine, and geriatric care.
Dr. Courter began riding horses when she was 8 years old. She worked (lived) at the barn and moved her way up training and showing American Saddlebreds. She also worked at a small animal veterinary clinic in Middleton for six years prior to and throughout veterinary school. During undergraduate school, she completed a yearlong internship at a mixed animal practice and attended eight traveling externships at equine veterinary practices across the U.S. while in veterinary school.
Dr. Courter’s professional affiliations include the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association.
Interesting things about Dr. Courter:
- Has a 5-year-old Shepherd/Husky mix named Luna, a 5- year-old Saddlebred gelding named Mississippi Mudcat and continues to pleasure ride Saddlebreds.
- Volunteers with Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin (Rock Co.) VetPets program, offering free spay/neuter surgeries to shelter kittens
- Traveled for both personal and veterinary purposes to several countries, including Nicaragua, Honduras, South Africa, Hungary, and Canada.
- Travel — with one brother living on the West Coast with his wife and two daughters and another brother and his wife and one daughter living in Budapest, Hungary, traveling to visit family is a favorite activity!
- Enjoys anything outside — hiking, running, sand volleyball, skiing, and laying poolside.
- Packer and Badger fan!! Loves college and professional football and college basketball.
- LOVES anything chocolate 😊
Marie Sikora, DVM, CVA
Dr. Sikora joined the Badger Equine Veterinary Services team in June 2019. Originally from Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, Dr. Sikora completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 2014 and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 2019. In Spring of 2018, Dr. Sikora attended the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and received certification in veterinary acupuncture upon graduation. Dr. Sikora’s clinical interests include equine lameness, reproduction, dentistry and acupuncture, as well as small ruminant and bovine preventative medicine.
Dr. Sikora began riding horses when she was 7 years old at a hunter jumper barn. She showed English and western in 4-H for 11 years, after which she continued to trail ride her Paint Horse, Stacee. During college, she began to play polo with the UW- Madison Polo Club, and now competes with the Madison Polo Club.
Dr. Sikora’s Professional affiliations include the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association.
Interesting things about Dr. Sikora:
- Dedicated to work with the Equitarian Initiative, particularly with the Horse Spirit Society and the Christian
- Veterinary Mission completing vaccinations, castrations, dental work, and wound care in both Haiti and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
- Has a 1-year old American Cattle Dog mix named Lakota, who she brought home from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
- Shows Belgian draft horses with her boyfriend Daine, and his family.
- Enjoys hiking, swimming, and trail riding in her free time.
- Loves traveling and trying new foods as well as learning about new cultures whenever she can.
Harlee graduated from Rockford Career College’s Veterinary Technician Program in 2019 and worked at a small animal practice for a couple of years before finding her place at Badger. She grew up riding horses, working cattle and become an active member and officer of the North Boone Chapter FFA. Her life now revolves around her fur kids which include: 3 dogs – Butch, Knoxville and Nashville, 3 cats – Millie, Billie Jo and Bobbie Sue, 3 horses – Nightmare, Dallie and Hope, and a miniature pig named Penelope.
Interesting things about Harlee:
- Barrel raced with Big Hat Rodeo throughout high school.
- Showed chickens at the Boone County Fair.
- Ran a small pig farrowing operation with her husband, Kevin, where they bred Berkshire and Spot pigs.
- Enjoys hiking with her dogs and trail riding with friends and family.
- Bred and raised adorable Pygmy & Nigerian dwarf goats.
- All 3 of her horses are visually impaired; 2 are each blind in 1 eye and the other is missing an eye.
Rebekah loved horses from a very young age, and always knew that they had to be part of her life. As a young child she first started out with riding lessons at a hunter-jumper stable. In 2016 she worked for 6 months at Deer Valley Ranch in Colorado, and spent so much time helping with the trail rides that she soon was considered an “honorary wrangler.”
Rebekah graduated from Madison College’s Veterinary Technician program in May 2021, expanding her love of horses to include other large animals, as well as alternative and holistic therapies. She currently lives with her two cats Hester and Persephone, and her pit bull Jackson.
Interesting things about Rebekah:
- Inherited the love of horses from her mother who had grown up showing American Saddlebreds.
- Interested in pursuing veterinary mission trip opportunities, sparked by a previous mission trip to Haiti.
- Her dream is to have a small farm and carry on her grandfather’s legacy of raising Hereford cattle.
- In her spare time, she enjoys shooting traditional archery (longbow), and hanging out with her fur kids.
- Grew up travelling around the U.S. playing music with her family band.
Amanda Rusch, CVT
Amanda graduated from the Madison College Technician Program in May of 2017 and jumped right into working at Badger. She started off working with horses in a local 4-H club with the Horseless horse program. Her own fur babies include her three cats: Tigger, Waylon and Kitty and her two horses: Mystic (Quarter Horse) and DuVessa (Gypsy/Shire Cross).
Amanda’s interests include:
Trail riding and camping with her horses, sand and indoor volleyball, and spending time with her friends and family.
She is a huge Packer’s and Badger’s fan and she loves to travel!
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