Our Veterinarians

Dr. Darryl Bonder, DVM

Dr. Bonder had a lifetime interest in becoming an equine veterinarian. From the earliest memories, he had a passionate love for horses. Growing up he volunteered (cleaned stalls and rode in exchange) at a sport horse facility just to be near the animals he found so intriguing. As a summer job from university, he exercised horses at Woodbine Race Track. Veterinary medicine seemed to be the perfect vocation for combining his love for horses and his interest in the biological sciences.

He was accepted into the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. He graduated with honours in 1977 and was the recipient of the Fowler award for highest proficiency in equine medicine and surgery. Dr. Bonder has constantly striven to expand his knowledge base by completing certificates in internal fixation, arthroscopic surgery and nuclear medicine. He has a keen interest in arthroscopic surgery, equine sports medicine and nuclear medicine. He is a past president of the Ontario Association of Equine Practitioners (OAEP) and a member of the Federal Drug Advisory Committee to Racetracks Canada. Dr. Bonder has a longstanding commitment to equine welfare through his continued association with the Long Run Program.

Dr. Orlaith Cleary, MVB, DACVS

Dr. Orlaith Cleary graduated with a veterinary degree from University College Dublin, Ireland, in June 2003. She then completed a Large Animal Medicine and Surgery internship at the University of Georgia, followed by an Equine Medicine and Surgery internship at the Equine Medical Center of Ocala, Florida. In the summer of 2005 she lectured at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin and traveled to observe equine surgery in Sweden. She then worked as a resident veterinarian at Adena Springs South in Williston, Florida, until July 2006. In July 2009, Dr. Cleary completed a 3-year residency in Large Animal Surgery at the University of Florida in Gainesville with surgical externships in private practices in Florida, Kentucky, and New Jersey. This was followed by a clinical instructorship at the University of Florida. She moved to Ontario to join the teams at Milton Equine Hospital and Allen Equine services in July 2010. From 2017-2018 she worked doing elective and emergency large animal surgery at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. She joined the Ontario Equine Hospital team in April 2019. Dr. Cleary's special interests are in advanced imaging (MRI, CT, scintigraphy), as well as all aspects of soft tissue and orthopedic surgery.

Dr. Jorge Cruz, DVM

Dr. Cruz received his veterinary degree from the National University of Cajamarca, in Peru, in 1995. In 2000, he moved to Kentucky and worked first at Woodford Equine Hospital; then at Davidson Surgery Center (Hagyard Equine Medical Institute) for four years where he was a primary anesthetist. He has since been living in Ontario since 2012, working at different equine hospital facilities including Ontario Equine Hospital where his main occupation is anesthesia under the hospital setting.