Meet our Staff

Dr. Timm Gudehuse, Senior Veterinary Surgeon

Timm Gudehus, DVM, DACVS, DECVS

Senior Veterinary Surgeon

Dr. Gudehus comes to Indiana from Germany where he has served as an equine surgery specialist since 2012. He is board certified by both the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) and the European College of Equine Surgeons (ECVS). His love of horses and equestrian sports dates back to his early childhood, growing up in a family with a long history of horse riding and breeding. His interest in riding show-jumpers turned semi-professional as he finished high school and went on to veterinary school in Munich. After earning the German equivalent of the DVM degree, and completing an internship in Munich, he came to the U.S. for an internship in equine orthopedics in California, followed by a residency in equine surgery at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine.

"This additional training in the U.S. exposed me to all the equine disciplines that I hadn't seen until that point, especially thoroughbreds, racing quarter horses and a little bit of western performance," said Dr. Gudehus. "That was followed by a two-year stint as a staff surgeon in Auckland, New Zealand, which added the very last discipline that I hadn't worked on, which was Standardbreds."

Dr. Gudehus returned to Germany with his wife, an American citizen and small animal veterinarian, to become the leading surgeon of one of the largest and fastest growing hospitals in Europe, where he worked on Olympic level warmblood horses. "That adds up to 13 years as a veterinarian, almost ten in my surgical training, and six years as a boarded surgeon, on three continents and back, in every discipline," he said.

Now he looks forward to returning to the U.S. to take-on the challenge of opening the new Centaur Equine Specialty Hospital. "I am excited about the fact that pretty much all these equine disciplines are gathered around the new facility in Shelbyville.

Dr. Alec J. Davern, DVM, MS

Alec Davern, DVM, MS

Staff Veterinarian

Originally from northern Minnesota, Dr. Alec Davern earned his DVM degree from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine after obtaining a Bachelors of Science in Animal and Veterinary Science from Clemson University. He completed a rotating equine medical and surgical internship at the Equine Medical Center of Ocala in Ocala, FL as well as a three year residency in Large Animal Surgery from Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine before joining Centaur Equine Specialty Hospital.

He has experience showing and training western performance horses (roping, reining and working cow horses) and has worked with a variety of disciplines of horses during his veterinary career including Thoroughbred, Standardbred and Quarter Horse racehorses as well as english and western performance disciplines.

His professional interests include sport horse management and orthopedic, upper airway and abdominal surgery.

Cheryl Boyd, Chief Anesthesia Technologist

Cheryl Boyd, BS, LVT

Chief Anesthesia Technologist

Cheryl Boyd, BS, LVT comes to the Centaur Equine Specialty Hospital with extensive equine experience. She graduated with a BS in Biology & Equine Science from Judson College, in Marion, Alabama in 2005. While working in Kentucky, Cheryl broadened her areas of knowledge in Thoroughbred farm management, equine reproduction, foaling and neonatology. She also became proficient at Thoroughbred and Standardbred sales preparation. After graduation in 2011, with an AAS in Veterinary Technology from Morehead State University, Cheryl accepted a position at Park Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. While at Park, she gained experience in anesthesia, surgical nursing, radiology, patient care, medical emergencies, and ambulatory work.

Cheryl is a member of the Kentucky Veterinary Technician Association, the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. She has one horse, Samson, an off the track Thoroughbred, and currently lives with Harley, the world’s GREATEST dog ever, and Tiger, the world’s worst cat. Ever.

Shelby Harbor, Chief Imaging Technologist

Shelby Harber, BS, RVT

Lead Diagnostic Imaging Technician and Surgical Nurse

Shelby is a Registered Veterinary Technician from Wabash, Indiana who recently joined the Centaur Equine Specialty Hospital team as the lead Diagnostic Imaging Technician and Surgical Nurse at Centaur Equine Specialty Hospital. She is a 2013 graduate of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a Bachelor of Science in Equine Business Management, where she rode on both the Western and English intercollegiate equestrian teams. She is also a 2015 graduate of Vet Tech Institute at IBC Fort Wayne with an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. Shelby is a member of the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians.

Morgan Allen, Veterinary Technician & Surgical Nurse

Morgan Allen, BS, RVT

Veterinary Technician & Surgical Nurse

Morgan Allen, BS, RVT is from Brown County, Indiana who recently joined the Centaur Equine Specialty Hospital team as a Veterinary Technologist and Surgical Nurse. She is a 2017 graduate with her Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Technology from Purdue University. Morgan’s love for horses began in high school when she worked for Dr. Roger Beam at Midwest Equine and Veterinary Hospital. During her schooling, she spent a summer at Conley and Koontz Equine Hospital working side by side with the veterinarians and technicians where she gained experience in anesthesia, surgical nursing, radiology, patient care, and ambulatory work. In her final year at Purdue, she worked as a night technician in the Large Animal Hospital gaining experience monitoring the hospitalized patients. Morgan is a member of the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians.

Dr. Javier Martinez, DVM

Javier Martinez, DVM

Centaur Equine Specialty Hospital Intern

Dr. Javier Martinez is originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, where he was born and raised. He earned his veterinary degree from the University of Guadalajara in 2013. He completed several externships in equine practices in the US and Dubai. Following graduation Dr. Martinez was hired as an veterinary associate at EQCOVET, a renowned sports medicine oriented equine hospital in Guadalajara, where he practiced for three years. He then completed a one and a half year surgery internship at Chino Valley Equine Hospital in Chino Hills, CA.

His professional interests include sports medicine, orthopedic and abdominal surgery, and minimally invasive surgery.

His passions are trail riding and, of course, soccer.


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