Berkley grew up riding and training hunters and jumpers. By training with instructors internationally known, she has a unique understanding of what is demanded of horses competing and training at the upper levels. It was this initial hands-on experience that caused her to become interested in veterinary medicine and surgery. Having her own horse operated on for colic while in college cemented the goal of becoming an equine surgeon. After graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she attended Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2000.
Having completed an internship at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, KY in 2001, she stayed on as an ambulatory practitioner. During her 5 years at Hagyards she had the opportunity to practice medicine on a variety of cases including periparturient mares, sick foals, upper level English performance horses as well as race horses.
In addition to traditional western medical training, she became certified in veterinary acupuncture through IVAS (International Veterinary Acupuncture Society). Acupuncture was a large part of her practice while in Kentucky.
In 2005, she left Kentucky to pursue advanced training in large animal surgery at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. After completing her surgical residency, she stayed at Texas A&M an additional year as part of the Emergency Critical Care division primarily dealing with surgical emergencies. She became board certified in large animal surgery in 2009. To learn more about board certification, click --> here.
After getting married, she moved to New Mexico; she is currently practicing in cooperation with other veterinarians to provide horses with comprehensive care.
Berkley's husband is a Assistant Research Professor of Parasitology in the Biology department at the University of New Mexico, and has live in New Mexico since 1982.
Berkley and her husband are avid outdoor adventure seekers and along with their dogs, Artie and Sprout, love to hike, backpack and camp. They also enjoy trail running and gardening. Berkley continues to ride and looks forward to eventually getting back into competitive riding.