About Us

Our Philosophy

At Wichita Equine & Butler County Veterinary Services, we believe in an integrated approach to animal care that combines traditional veterinary science with holistic medicine. Dr. Hickman is an experienced farrier and osteopath, offering unique insights into biomechanical movement.

Why Choose Us? Here are just a few highlights

Over 30 Years of Experience

We have a proven track record in equine and bovine veterinary medicine.

Holistic Approach

We combine osteopathy and acupuncture with traditional methods.

Direct Communication

You'll speak directly with the doctor for prompt attention.

Comprehensive Mobile Services

From herd health management to emergency services, we cover it all. We offer consultations for feed yards, de-worming strategies, vaccination protocols and more. Our services are designed to help you maintain a healthy and productive herd.

Emergency Services

When emergencies arise, we are just a call away. Reach out to us for immediate assistance with issues such as dystocia, C-sections, post-parturition emergencies, and more.

Evaluation and Treatment

We offer both moving and standing examinations and treat a variety of conditions, from hoof trims to nerve blocks.

On-Farm Surgery

Our surgical expertise extends to treatments for a variety of conditions, including displaced abomasum, urinary obstruction in steer, and more.

Meet Dr. Preston Hickman

A Veterinarian with a Holistic Touch

Dr. Hickman brings over 30 years of expertise in equine and bovine veterinary medicine to Wichita Equine & Butler County Veterinary Services. Not just an accomplished veterinarian, Dr. Hickman combines traditional veterinary medicine, osteopathy and acupuncture for a unique holistic approach to medicine. He is trained as a farrier and is schooled in using stem cells for joint, ligament and tendon therapy as well as certain fracture repairs.

He is committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate care for your animals. When you consult with Dr. Hickman, you're benefiting from decades of experience, a unique multi-dimensional approach to animal health and a genuine passion for animal welfare.

More About Dr Hickman

Preston Hickman, D.V.M., has had a way with horses since his earliest years.  In fact, at age three he traumatized his mother by slipping out of the yard, riding his unbroken pony down the road.  Even at that early age, Dr. Hickman knew horses would be an important part of his life. Dr. Hickman’s dad was an evangelist and, although his family’s lifestyle kept them on the road until he was around ten years old, he never lost his love of horses. After high school, he worked for several feedlots from Colorado to Kansas, riding pens and caring for cattle.  It was during this time that he aquired farrier skills, a pivotal step in his career.

He began shoeing professionally after graduating from Oklahoma Horse Shoeing School in 1983.  He continued his education and, in 1987 earned his American Farrier Association (AFA) certification. As a farrier he learned to make therapy shoes for horses with leg and foot problems.  Preston enjoyed the work but his passion to help horses drove him further.  At the prompting of the veterinarians with whom he worked, he entered veterinary school and graduated from Kansas State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1997.

Since then, Dr. Hickman has been on the cutting edge of equine medicine, diligently researching and learning new treatments that went beyond injections.  “It is my desire to always be better,” he says. Dr. Hickman provides a full range of equine maintenance and medical care, as well as comprehensive dentistry, regenerative medicine at his clinic.

What sets him apart is his expertise in sports medicine, drawing clients from all over the Midwest.  Lameness and performance problems are special areas of his practice.  He utilizes chiropractic and acupuncture and is schooled in using stem cells for joint, ligament and tendon therapy, as well as certain fracture repairs.


  • GRADUATE OF PARKER CHIROPRACTIC SCHOOL Animal Certification Dallas Tx. -2005

Experience and Accomplishments

Always on the cutting edge of equine medicine, Dr. Hickman’s practice was the tenth in the nation to have computerized radiography, a powerful diagnostic tool. An Olympic sports training software program is another tool Dr. Hickman uses, to target movement abnormalities. High-speed cameras identify key points within the horse’s stride that the naked eye would miss.  This allows him to detect subtle changes in movement and provide graphical representation and measurable velocity differences.

With a special software program, Dr. Hickman can turn two-dimensional x-rays into three-dimensional images of joints, and highlight the different angles of the leg and hoof. Armed with this information, Dr. Hickman uses a team approach, working hand in hand with the farrier, trainer and owner to develop a therapeutic plan for the individual horse.  Owners can then take these images back to their local veterinarians to assist in the animals continuing care.

  • Upon graduation from KSU SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE -1997 worked in a mixed animal practice predominately feedlot consulting and Equine lameness until 1999.
  • 1999 moved to El Dorado, Kansas and opened a private practice specializing in Equine and Bovine medicine
  • 2000 became a regulatory veterinarian for the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission and continued that position in conjunction with private practice until 2008.
  • 2005 purchased an equine practice in northeast Wichita, Kansas.
  • Assistant medical director for Louisiana State Racing Commission (LSRC) 2008-2012 - continued that position in conjunction with private practice until 2012
  • Multiple Speaking engagements and collaborative educational ventures with various groups at such places as Equifest of Kansas
  • Several Farrier’s Association events including the national AFA meeting Salt lake city Utah 2002
  • The Student Chapter of Equine Practitioners (Kansas State University)
  • Graduated from Parker Chiropractic College Dallas Texas
  • The yearly racing regulatory authorities meeting in Orlando Fl.
  • Key Note speaker for Equine Medicine at the 2004 Kansas Veterinary Medical Association Yearly meeting
  • Pilot project using stem cell therapy to treat laminitis paper co authored by Dr. Larry Snyder of Topeka Ks.
  • Midwest equine spokesman for Medivet-America,  a company specializing in several areas of Regenerative Medicine.
  • Worked with Dr. Qizhi Gau, DOM, Dipi OM, of the Kansas College of Chinese Medicine, to develop a continuing education curriculum for certification in acupuncture in large and small animals.  The course was offered for the first time in October 2007.