Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center

Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center The Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Virginia, offers advanced specialty care, 24-hour emergency treatment, and cutting-edge diagnostic services.
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Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center is a premier, full-service equine hospital located in Leesburg, Virginia, and one of two hospitals of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. We offer advanced specialty care, 24-hour emergency treatment, and diagnostic services for all ages and breeds of horses. Our team of equine specialists in internal medicine, reproduction, sports medicine and rehabilitation, and surgery is committed to providing exceptional treatment for patients and superior service to clients; training today's and tomorrow’s veterinarians in the latest medical technologies and procedures; and advancing new knowledge through innovative scholarship and clinical discovery.

Mission: The Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center is fully integrated with the missions of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, consistent with the land grant traditions of Virginia Tech and the University of Maryland. Our constituents are those with an interest in the horse: students, veterinarians, horse owners, and horse professionals. Our faculty and staff strive to provide: • Pre-eminent equine health care services for the region; • Exemplary educational experiences for veterinary students, interns, and residents; • New knowledge for the well-being of the horse, and for the economic benefit of the equine industry.

Listen up!👂 EMC’s Dr. Nathaniel White, Professor Emeritus of Equine Surgery, was featured on the "Disease Du Jour" podca...
02/17/2020
Disease Du Jour Podcast Episode 22: The Equine Disease Communication Center

Listen up!👂 EMC’s Dr. Nathaniel White, Professor Emeritus of Equine Surgery, was featured on the "Disease Du Jour" podcast to discuss the Equine Disease Communication Center, which maintains an outbreak email list to notify subscribers when a new alert has been posted.

Dr. White was a driving force behind the creation of the Equine Disease Communication Center. 🙌🐴

Dr. Nat White was a driving force behind the creation of the Equine Disease Communication Center.

EMC is giving little Opal the best care possible ... and lots of loving, too.
02/10/2020

EMC is giving little Opal the best care possible ... and lots of loving, too.

On Friday night, we took Opal to Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center because she was not wanting to eat well, had been running very slight on and off again fevers, and began looking somewhat depressed, hanging her head, drooling some and her mouth smelled bad. She's been in foster care with one of our wonderful volunteers, Gale Stevens, whose very close attention to the tiniest of details, made such a difference for poor little Opal. We had already had our vet out earlier in the week to pull blood and run tests but everything came back unremarkable.

Upon examination at the hospital, they discovered that she had an infection in her salivary gland, resulting in disgusting mucous to collect under her tongue and then spill out of her mouth. Gross is right!! Poor girl, no wonder she didn't want to eat or drink!

Good news is that with iv fluids, antibiotics, pain meds, etc, the infection is improving really well. Unfortunately, she is now suffering with a Laminitic episode, not an uncommon side effect from a bad infection. Her feet hurt, and they are aggressively treating her for this as well. She's getting ice packs on her feet, deep bedding as always, hoof support, and medication.

Hopefully, this will resolve in a few days, but right now, Opal could sure use some positive thoughts sent her way.

And just to say this one more time: if a donkey is not eating normally, it is a medical emergency! We cannot emphasize this enough!

02/06/2020
Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center saves Chanceland Farm foal

As foaling season swings into full gear, EMC stands at the ready.

Last year, when broodmare Lucky Dance's newborn foal — a filly by Maryland stallion Great Notion — became weak and refused to nurse, Chanceland Farm personnel in West Friendship, Maryland, immediately rushed both the foal and her mare to EMC for specialized care.

Video by Ray Meese for Virginia Tech

Don't forget to register for this year's second in a series of four "Tuesday Talks" at EMC!On Tuesday, Feb. 11, Dr. Jame...
02/04/2020

Don't forget to register for this year's second in a series of four "Tuesday Talks" at EMC!

On Tuesday, Feb. 11, Dr. James Brown, clinical associate professor of equine surgery, will present "Dentistry 101."

Sponsored by the Loudoun County Equine Alliance, Dr. Brown’s lecture will present common problems encountered in the horse's mouth that affect riding performance. Case examples will be used to show how standing computed tomography (CT) is used to diagnose certain problems that cannot be detected on routine examination and head radiographs. Current EMC research into tooth and sinus conditions will also be presented.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the presentation will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be available. Bring your questions!

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Please contact Stacey at [email protected] or 703-771-6844 to register.

This week, EMC admitted, treated, and discharged its first foal of the 2020 season!Three days after his foaling on his o...
01/31/2020

This week, EMC admitted, treated, and discharged its first foal of the 2020 season!

Three days after his foaling on his owner’s farm, this handsome thoroughbred colt was found to have large amounts of blood in his urine. On his veterinarian’s orders, he was immediately transported to EMC with his dam.

In hospital, the internal medicine team diagnosed the foal with hematuria (bloody urine) secondary to umbilical and urachal (the umbilical structure that connects to the bladder) trauma.

After several days of supportive care, including IV fluids and antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, and recheck ultrasounds, the foal was deemed healthy enough to go home to continue his recovery.

The colt is pictured here saying goodbye to first-year internal medicine resident Dr. Stephanie Hernandez, who took care of him for most of his stay.

Stay healthy, little guy! 🙌🐴

Learn more EMC’s internal medicine service: http://bit.ly/emc-internal-medicine

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01/20/2020

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"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?’” 🗣

Thank you, Martin Luther King Jr. #UtProsim

EMC needs you! There’s still time to join our rewarding Foal Care/Mare Watch program for this year’s foaling season.Mand...
01/10/2020

EMC needs you! There’s still time to join our rewarding Foal Care/Mare Watch program for this year’s foaling season.

Mandatory training will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 6:30 p.m. Please email [email protected] by Jan. 14 to let us know you’ll be joining us.

See the attached flyer for more information. 👇

Don't forget to register for this year's first in a series of four "Tuesday Talks" at EMC!On Tuesday, Jan. 14, Dr. Eliza...
01/09/2020

Don't forget to register for this year's first in a series of four "Tuesday Talks" at EMC!

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, Dr. Elizabeth MacDonald, clinical instructor of equine medicine, will present "Gastric ulcers: a pain in the gut."

Gastric ulcers in horses are relatively common and affect them in many different ways, even causing behavior issues. Dr. MacDonald will share treatment options and management strategies to appropriately care for a horse prone to gastric ulcers.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the presentation will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be available. Bring your questions!

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required by emailing Sharon at [email protected].

We love sharing stories about happy horses, especially as we begin a new year!Eight years ago, Dr. James Brown, clinical...
01/07/2020

We love sharing stories about happy horses, especially as we begin a new year!

Eight years ago, Dr. James Brown, clinical associate professor of equine surgery, operated on Puff, pictured when she had arrived home after surgery.

Her owner Karen Widmayer reports that Puff, now a spry 28, “is still a happy pony giving her devilish best to my daughter, Lexi. Thank you for all you do!!!”

Thank you for the update, Karen! And keep up the devilish good work, Puff! 😍

12/20/2019
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

The EMC family wishes you and your horses a joyful holiday season and a happy, healthy new year! 🎄🐴 🎉

In the closing weeks of 2019, we are especially grateful for our college community’s impressive achievements, made possible by the collective commitment and dedicated efforts of our faculty and staff, students, alumni, donors, referring veterinarians, and special friends of the college. ❤️

Best wishes for a happy holiday and bountiful new year! 🎊🎇🎉🎆

Join us at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, for our first in a series of four “T...
12/19/2019

Join us at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, for our first in a series of four “Tuesday Talks.”

Dr. Elizabeth MacDonald, clinical instructor of equine medicine, will present “Gastric ulcers: a pain in the gut.”

Gastric ulcers in horses are relatively common and can affect horses in many different ways, even causing behavior issues. Dr. MacDonald will share treatment options and management strategies to appropriately care for a horse prone to gastric ulcers.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for this pleasant, casual evening, and the presentation will begin at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be available. Don’t forget to bring your questions!

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required: Email Sharon at [email protected] to register.

A grateful client delivered these beautiful cakes on the one-year anniversary of her horse’s discharge from the EMC.A ye...
12/17/2019

A grateful client delivered these beautiful cakes on the one-year anniversary of her horse’s discharge from the EMC.

A year ago, Xena arrived at the EMC for evaluation of a traumatic injury and was subsequently hospitalized for 11 days.

After being carefully rehabilitated by her owner and caretaker over the past year, Xena is now back to canter work and enjoying life! ❤️

Are you thinking about a career in the veterinary field? Are you interested in learning about caring for mares and foals...
12/16/2019

Are you thinking about a career in the veterinary field? Are you interested in learning about caring for mares and foals in a hospital setting?

Consider joining our rewarding Foal Care/Mare Watch Program!

See the attached flyer for more information. 👇

Today, we celebrate National Horse Day to remember the contributions that horses have made to our lives, enriching our c...
12/13/2019
National Horse Day — December 13, 2019 | National Today

Today, we celebrate National Horse Day to remember the contributions that horses have made to our lives, enriching our country’s culture and history and supporting our armed forces in times of conflict.

#NationalHorseDay #NationalDayOfTheHorse #HorseDay

What is National Horse Day? National Horse Day is celebrated every December 13. It’s a day to remember the economic, historic, and cultural contributions that horses have made. Equine enthusiasts across the country will get together on December 13 to show their appreciation for these majestic crea...

Last week, Amanda Fallon, veterinary science instructor at Academies of Loudoun in Loudoun County, Virginia, escorted tw...
12/10/2019

Last week, Amanda Fallon, veterinary science instructor at Academies of Loudoun in Loudoun County, Virginia, escorted two groups of students to tour the EMC.

The students are completing a yearlong veterinary science course that covers a broad range of subjects: from anatomy and animal nutrition to veterinary office management and more. To enhance the educational experience, students in the course often travel off-campus to veterinary clinics and hospitals.

While touring the EMC, students viewed the surgical suite; treatment rooms; radiology, laboratory, and barn areas; and the farrier shop and the newly renovated Youngkin Equine Soundness Clinic in the Fout Barn.

For information about tours offered at the EMC, email [email protected].

For information about the Academies of Loudoun, go to
http://ow.ly/Cm8X50xwUIR.

After a lameness examination and MRI to assess forelimb lameness, Velvet, a 5-year-old thoroughbred gelding, was diagnos...
12/02/2019

After a lameness examination and MRI to assess forelimb lameness, Velvet, a 5-year-old thoroughbred gelding, was diagnosed with bilateral linear tears and adhesions of the deep digital flexor tendons within the navicular bursae.

Dr. Jennifer Barrett, Theodora Ayer Randolph Professor of Equine Surgery, assisted by EMC intern Dr. Ann Hutton, completed bilateral navicular bursoscopy to debride the adhesions and tendon tears. They followed up with medication of the bursae to prevent new adhesion formation, along with platelet-rich plasma injections to assist in tendon healing.

“We hope Velvet can go back to full-ridden work once he completes his rehabilitation period,” Dr. Barrett said. “Without surgery, his prognosis for return to work was quite poor. With surgery and PRP, his prognosis is much better!”

Learn more about surgery at EMC: http://bit.ly/emc-surgery

EMC staff undergo continuous, stringent training. Our clinicians regularly work with residents, interns, and veterinary ...
11/27/2019

EMC staff undergo continuous, stringent training. Our clinicians regularly work with residents, interns, and veterinary technicians to ensure that the center’s staff possess high-level skills that meet exacting standards.

In this session, using a staff-owned horse, training focused on digital X-ray imaging to assure the correct placement and angle for diagnostic purposes of the horse’s stifle area.

Learn more about diagnostic imaging at EMC: http://bit.ly/emc-diagnostic-imaging

On Nov. 23, the Maryland Department of Agriculture confirmed a case of Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) in Baltimore County. L...
11/26/2019
Baltimore County Horse Tests Positive for Equine Herpesvirus

On Nov. 23, the Maryland Department of Agriculture confirmed a case of Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) in Baltimore County. Learn more 👇

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Animal Health Program confirmed a horse in Baltimore County tested positive for Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) on Nov. 21, 2019. Samples from th…

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) sponsored veterinary students from Virginia-Maryland College of ...
11/06/2019

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) sponsored veterinary students from
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (VMCVM) for a full day of wet labs at the EMC!

Organized by DVM Class of 2022 student Lindsey Arthur, president of the college’s AAEP student chapter, the day featured such topics as suturing techniques, presented by Dr. Norris Adams; colic examination, presented by Dr. Krista Estell; ophthalmology, presented by Dr. Emily Schaefer; and lameness examinations, presented by Dr. Maureen Kelleher.

We extend hearty thanks to both AAEP for giving VMCVM students the opportunity to further their equine-specific veterinary knowledge and American Regent Animal Health for sponsoring breakfast for the students.

Loudoun United FC‘s mascot, Scooby, a 10-year-old appendix quarter horse, visited the EMC for a dental float! Dr. James ...
11/05/2019

Loudoun United FC‘s mascot, Scooby, a 10-year-old appendix quarter horse, visited the EMC for a dental float!

Dr. James Brown, clinical associate professor of equine surgery, who specializes in the care and treatment of equine dental and sinus issues, used an equine dental endoscope to thoroughly evaluate Scooby’s teeth. He then employed a motorized float to balance and a disk burr to smooth sharp enamel points at the back of Scooby’s rear teeth.

Smile, Scooby!

Learn more about EMC's equine dental and sinus services: http://bit.ly/emc-dentistry

#scoobythehorse

In an article written by Jessica Duffy of the United States Eventing Association, EMC equine dental and sinus guru Dr. J...
11/04/2019
Straight From the Horse’s Mouth: Equine Dentistry Basics

In an article written by Jessica Duffy of the United States Eventing Association, EMC equine dental and sinus guru Dr. James Brown, clinical associate professor of Equine Surgery, explains the importance of regular dental care to promote your horse’s overall health. 🐴 ⬇️

Straight From the Horse’s Mouth: Equine Dentistry Basics

A horse at a boarding stable in Loudoun County tested positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1), the virus that causes E...
10/26/2019
Virginia Horse Test Positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1

A horse at a boarding stable in Loudoun County tested positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1), the virus that causes Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy. The boarding stable is now under quarantine, and per the State Veterinarian's Office, there is no cause for alarm concerning the general horse population in Virginia. Learn more 👇

October 25, 2019 Virginia Horse Test Positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1 No cause for alarm for the general horse population in Virginia

All of us at EMC are so grateful to Karen Jones Squires and James Squires for their thoughtful gift made in memory of th...
10/25/2019
New neurologic stall at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center enhances quality of care for equine patients

All of us at EMC are so grateful to Karen Jones Squires and James Squires for their thoughtful gift made in memory of their beloved family horse, Just Java, who succumbed to laminitis in 2015.

The gift supported a much-needed renovation and expansion of our neurologic stall, now named the “Just Java” Neurologic Stall to acknowledge the Squireses’ vision, commitment, and generosity and to memorialize their special horse in a meaningful way. ❤️

Made in memory of a beloved family horse, Just Java, who succumbed in 2015 to laminitis, a generous gift from Karen Jones Squires and James Squires supported a much-needed renovation and expansion of a neurologic stall at Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Virgi...

On Oct. 12, EMC hosted an equine podiatry clinic attended by farriers and veterinarians alike!Organized by Middleburg, V...
10/23/2019

On Oct. 12, EMC hosted an equine podiatry clinic attended by farriers and veterinarians alike!

Organized by Middleburg, Virginia-based farrier Daniel Watson, CF, the clinic featured a lecture by Stuart Muir, NZCEF, CJF, DIPWCT, APF, a resident farrier at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, who discussed different approaches for therapeutic shoeing of the sport horse.

Live shoeing demonstrations using modern materials specifically for the sport horse were followed by a popular Q&A session.

Thank you to Ann-Marie Horner Rezzonico, who brought her two off-the-track thoroughbreds to serve as “models” for the live demonstrations!

On Oct. 11, veterinary technicians from both the EMC and local primary care equine practices participated in a full day ...
10/22/2019

On Oct. 11, veterinary technicians from both the EMC and local primary care equine practices participated in a full day of lectures presented by EMC faculty at our annual continuing education day for vet techs!

A vital component of EMC’s educational outreach program, the continuing education is offered free of charge to attendees, who earn six hours of continuing education credit.

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Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center is a premier, full-service equine hospital located in Leesburg, Virginia, one of two hospitals of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. We offer advanced specialty care, 24-hour emergency treatment, and diagnostic services for all ages and breeds of horses. Our team of equine specialists in internal medicine, reproduction, sports medicine and rehabilitation, and surgery is committed to providing exceptional treatment for patients and superior service to clients; training today's and tomorrow’s veterinarians in the latest medical technologies and procedures; and advancing new knowledge through innovative scholarship and clinical discovery.

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Thank you Dr. Kelleher and your staff from Takoda Tate and myself. Our future is bright 💖
Animal.Angels..thank.you.all.for.helping.the.Equines.xo
Thank you for helping me save my mare ❤️
All you horse owners out there please be aware!
Thank you Dr. Brown and all of the staff at the clinic for the upmost passionate care and attention to my my precious Pearl as we finally figured out the route of most her re-occurring infections for the past 1 1/2 years 😇🐴💜💞 The infected tooth is finally out and Pearl is back to her normal self, out grazing in the field with her big sister Bobby Jo (JC name: Barrister Bob) and being mischievous whenever there is a temptation in front of them. I know for sure that her and I are both relieved and very grateful for all the diagnostic equipment available and the dedication from all the staff at the clinic before, during and after the surgery yesterday !!!!! I just want to make it extra well-known that Pearl and I are sincerely grateful, thankful and smiling at heart for all the wonderful staff at the clinic 🐴😇💙😊🐎💚 We cannot thank you all enough from the bottom of our hearts 💜💙💚💞Dr. Brown and staff, you treated my girl just like family and Pearl and I appreciate that to no end !!!!!