Dr. Wade Shoemaker was raised on a commercial cattle and quarter horse ranch in Divide, Colorado. Growing up on a high altitude ranch and being raised in the 4-H program allowed Dr. Shoemaker to gain a deep understanding of not only the process of production and health of all large animals but also the importance of handling each of the species for successful ranching. This knowledge allowed Dr. Shoemaker to be quite successful in showing both English and Western performance horses and working his share with a rope in his hand. Livestock judging provided the scholarships for Dr. Shoemaker’s first two years of undergraduate work at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado. After which he transferred to Colorado State University where he graduated with a degree in Animal Science. In 1999, he graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Dr. Shoemaker's professional interests encompass nearly anything that involves the performance horse or beef cow. Specifically, he spends most of his time working on performance horse lameness and correcting issues that cause a decrease in performance. In the spring, he also breeds a number of mares via artificial insemination and works to perfect the art of embryo transfer. Dr. Shoemaker paid for most his college and entry fees by shoeing horses. Wade also spent time during veterinary school working in the vet hospital on therapeutic cases for in-house surgeons. Today Dr. Shoemaker still enjoys the challenging foot issues that are such an important part of keeping the performance horses working. Many soft tissue surgeries are performed by Dr. Shoemaker. Being raised on a ranch and running a cow herd at home, Dr. Shoemaker does not deny that he enjoys working cattle. During the pregnancy checking and calving seasons he will spend a considerable amount of time working in that segment of the practice. Dr. Shoemaker’s involvement as a youth showing and judging steers, lambs, and hogs, has provided a self desire to work with youth in the 4-H and FFA programs.
Personally, Dr. Shoemaker tries to devote time to his wife, Dawn, and young family of daughter, Kassandra and son, Coy. Dawn is a farm raised girl that works at keeping the cow herd fed and healthy, as well as the crop and farm land wet. Dr. Shoemaker is an avid and accomplished horseman. He enjoys branding, ranch rodeos, and catching wild cattle. Dr Shoemaker is a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and works all of the roping events. Dr. Shoemaker spends the remainder of his time working with young horses and helping Kassandra and Coy with their rodeo and showing interests. Due to the fact that the Shoemaker's only ride what they have raised and trained, this an involved task.