Erin Contino

Associate Professor, Equine Sports Medicine Clinical Sciences

JFEH Johnson Equine Hospital

(970) 556-3931

About Erin

Dr. Erin Contino is a native of Northern California, life-long three-day event rider, and a graduate "A" rated member of the United States Pony Club. She started her undergraduate education at the University of California, San Diego prior to transferring to Colorado State University (CSU) where she completed a B.S in equine sciences in 1999. She then spent many years on the East Coast as a professional equestrian and manager of a large three-day eventing barn prior to returning to CSU, where she earned a master's degree in clinical sciences in 2009 and her D.V.M. in 2010. After completing a one-year internship at Pioneer Equine Hospital in Oakdale, California, Dr. Contino returned to CSU for a three-year residency in equine sports medicine and rehabilitation followed by a one-year fellowship in equine musculoskeletal ultrasound before joining CSU faculty. She is currently an associate professor in equine sports medicine and rehabilitation. Her clinical and research interests include diagnosis and treatment of lameness and poor performance in equine athletes. She is very involved in the local three-day eventing community, the American College of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the American Association of Equine Practitioners.


Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University, 2010Master of Science, Colorado State University, 2009Bachelor of Science, Colorado State University, 1999


Kinesio Taping Association International Certified Equine Levels I and II
FEI Certified Treating Veterinarian
Diplomate, American College Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation


Acutt E, Contino E, Frisbie D, and Barrett M. (2020) “Deep digital flexor tendinopathy in the pastern is associated with additional lesions with the foot.” Equine Vet J; Submitted.Garbin L, Contino E, Olver C, and Frisbie D. (2020) “A safety comparison of allogeneic freeze-dried platelet-rich plasma or conditioned serum to autologous frozen products in equine healthy joints.” Amer J Vet Research; Submitted.Ellis K and Contino E. (2019) “Treatment using cannabidiol in a horse with mechanical allodynia”. Equine Vet Ed; doi:10.111/eve.13168.Hoaglund L, Barrett M, Daglish J, and Contino E. (2019) “Intermediate patellar ligament desmopathy often occurs in conjunction with stifle abnormalities”. Vet Rad and Ultrasound; 60:416-22. Aldrich E, Goodrich L, Contino E, et al. (2019) "Usefulness of caudomedial-craniolateral oblique radiographic views for diagnosis of injury of the origin of the cranial cruciate ligament in two horses." J Amer Vet Med Assoc; 254(4): 508-11.Pezzanite L, Contino E, and Kawcak C. (2018) “Lameness originating from the proximal metacarpus/tarsus: A review of local analgesic techniques and clinical diagnostic findings.” Equine Vet Ed; M, McIlwraith CW, Contino E, et al. (2018) “Relationship between repository radiographic findings and subsequent performance of Quarter Horse competing in cutting events”. J Amer Vet Med Assoc; 252(1):108-15.Contino E, King M, Valdes-Martinez A, and McIlwraith CW. (2015) “In vivo diffusion characteristics following perineural injection of the deep branch of the lateral plantar nerve with mepivacaine or iohexol in horses” Equine Vet J; 47:230-4.Contino E, Barrett M, and Werpy N. (2014) "Effect of limb positioning on the radiographic appearance of the distal and proximal interphalangeal joint spaces of the forelimbs of horses during evaluation of dorsopalmar radiographs". J Amer Vet Med Assoc; 244:1186-90.Contino E, Park R and McIlwraith CW. (2012) “Prevalence of radiographic changes in yearling and 2-year-old Quarter Horses intended for cutting”. Equine Vet J; 44(2):185-95.

Research Specialty

Equine sports medicine Diagnosis and treatment of lamenessPoor performance