Dr. Fabio Aristizabal

DVM, MS, Equine Surgery Specialist

Background & Qualifications


Dr. Aristi (shorter for Aristizabal) is originally from Colombia, where he completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at University of Tolima in 2003. He then attended the University of Viçosa, Brazil and obtained a Master of Science in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery in 2005. Dr. Aristi worked as a private practitioner in Colombia before traveling to the United States where he completed a 2-year Equine Medicine and Surgery internship at Weems and Stephens Equine Hospital in Aubrey, Texas, followed by a 2-year Surgical Internship at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Kentucky. His outstanding performance in these hospitals earned him the invitation to a 3-year Equine Surgery and Lameness Residency at University of California Davis.

After completion of the Surgery Residency Dr. Aristi joined a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program at University of California Davis where he was part of select research groups in the areas of gastrointestinal surgery, treatment of orthopedic infections, identification of biomarkers for foot diseases, as well as use of stem cells in wound healing and neurological diseases in horses. Dr. Aristi has published several articles as a first author in various aspects of equine surgery including flexor tendon ultrasonography, prevention of intra-abdominal adhesions, gastric ulcers, and antibiotic regional limb perfusion for treatment of orthopedic infections.

Dr. Aristi speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese. His clinical interests include orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, lameness, and performance, as well as sports and regenerative medicine. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, woodworking, biking, and reading about the latest advancements in new technological gadgets.