The original GunDogDoc, Dr. Joe Spoo is a veterinarian of small animal medicine with a special passion for sporting dogs and, more specifically, the gundog breeds.

This passion led him to pursue specialization in sports medicine and rehabilitation. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and the only such veterinarian whose primary focus is the gundog breeds. A graduate of the distinguished Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Spoo currently holds licenses to practice in Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota.  In addition to his veterinary duties, he is a part-time freelance writer and amateur photographer. Joe’s two passions in life are hunting and hunting dogs, including his two gundogs, Belle and Lily. Belle is a field-bred English setters and  Lily is  a field-bred English Cocker Spaniel. No biography of Joe would be complete without mentioning the recent passing of his beloved Chesapeake, Emma, the gundog that started it all. In addition to professional memberships in the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), the SDVMA, and the ACSMA (American Canine Sports Medicine Association), Joe is a member of numerous conservation organizations and a member of the Outdoor Writers’ Association of America. Dr. Spoo and his wife, Dr. Krista Hardy, the only other boarded small animal veterinarian in the tri-state area, live and practice in the Sioux Falls area. The recently added a two-legged addition, their daughter Grace, to their household.

The posts on this blog will include pieces written by the veterinarians and staff of Best Care Pet Hospital as well as other sporting dog veterinary professionals.