Dr. William True Baker grew up in Woodford County, Kentucky. His early work with horses came from both his father, Dr. Bill Baker, DVM at Woodford Equine Hospital and his stepfather Michael H. Bell, a Thoroughbred trainer at Churchill Downs. Instilled with the love of horses at an early age, he attended Auburn University where he graduated with honors from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. After graduation, Dr. Baker furthered his education through an internship and surgical residency at the prestigious Peterson and Smith Equine Hospital in Ocala, Florida. After concluding his residency in 2010, Dr. Baker joined his father at Woodford Equine Hospital prior to joining Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in 2014.
Dr. Baker's professional interests include Thoroughbred sales, orthopedic surgery and upper airway surgery. He has published research on conformation and angular limb deformities as well as equine colic. Dr. Baker is pursuing on-going research in the equine acute abdomen and the effects of osteochondral lesions on racing performance. Dr. Baker also continues an active interest in Thoroughbred racing. He is an active board member of the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center where he volunteers his expertise to help rehabilitate and re-train Thoroughbred racehorses for new careers in dressage, jumping and three-day eventing.
Meet Dr. Baker and hear his thoughts on being a surgeon and an equine veterinarian.
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Memberships & Affiliations
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association (KVMA)
Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners (KAEP)
Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club (KTFMC)
American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP)
American College of Veterinary Surgeons (AVCS)