Dr. William True Baker grew up in Woodford County, Kentucky. Dr. Baker was instilled with a love of horses at an early age by working with his father, Dr. Bill Baker, DVM at Woodford Equine Hospital, and his stepfather Michael H. Bell, a Thoroughbred trainer at Churchill Downs.
Dr. Baker attended Auburn University where he graduated with honors from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. After graduation, Dr. Baker furthered his education through an internship and surgical residency at the prestigious Peterson and Smith Equine Hospital in Ocala, Florida. After concluding his residency in 2010, Dr. Baker joined his father at Woodford Equine Hospital before joining Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in 2014.
Dr. Baker’s professional interests include Thoroughbred sales, orthopedic surgery, and upper airway surgery. He has published research on conformation and angular limb deformities as well as equine colic. He is pursuing ongoing research in the equine acute abdomen and the effects of early soft tissue injuries and osteochondral lesions on racing performance. Dr. Baker also continues to have an active interest in Thoroughbred breeding and racing.
When not working with horses, Dr. Baker enjoys spending time with his wife Nalise, and their three active boys, Woodford, Smith, and Lawson.
- Diplomat, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Memberships and Affiliations
- American Veterinary Medical Association Kentucky
- Veterinary Medical Association Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners Kentucky
- Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club American Association of Equine Practitioners
- American College of Veterinary Surgeons