The Blog

Five Steps to Prevent Tendon Injuries in your Horse

Tendon injuries can mean lengthy time off, stall rest, etc. for your horse, so all of us want to do everything possible to prevent them from occurring. Here are five steps on how to prevent them: 1. Buy a horse with the best conformation possible. We all realize that there is no perfectly conformed horse and there […]

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Meet the Vet: Kelly Giunta, VMD, CVA

Dr. Kelly Giunta grew up in southern New Jersey and received her undergraduate degree from  Rutger’s University.  She earned a Master’s degree in Genetics and performed biomedical research at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia before attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, she completed an internship at Southwest Equine Medical and […]

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Meet the Vet: Donovan Dagner, DVM

Dr. Donovan Dagner serves as President of Blue Ridge Equine Clinic. He grew up on a training farm in New Jersey where he gained an appreciation for horses and the people who work with them. He graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995 and completed an internship at Apex Veterinary […]

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Malorie Kemmerer, LVT of the Year, as Described by her Colleagues

Blue Ridge Equine Clinic is very pleased to announce that our LVT, Malorie Kemmerer, was awarded the Virginia Technician of the Year award. Throughout her years of working at the hospital, she has become an example to all those who work alongside her. From her wealth of knowledge to her fiercely positive attitude and love […]

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Working (Barn) Cats Available for Adoption

Gina Lynch, Outreach Coordinator for the Humane Society of Fairfax County, is developing a relocation program (click here for details) for outdoor cats with farms, businesses, or private residents in Virginia. Attached is a flyer about Helping Homeless Felines (HHF). HHF is a partner organization to the Humane Society and is in desperate need of new […]

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Meet the Vet: Tracy Norman, VMD, ACVIM

Dr. Tracy Norman grew up in Pennsylvania, where she enjoyed foxhunting. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 and completed an internship at Blue Ridge Equine in 2003. She completed an internal medicine residency at Texas A&M University, and is board certified in large animal internal medicine (equine focus). […]

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Meet The Vet: Dr. Julia Hecking, DVM, CVA

Dr. Julia Hecking completed her undergraduate studies at Virginia Tech, then received her DVM from the University of Minnesota. After graduation, she completed an equine internship at Blue Ridge Equine Clinic before accepting a position as an associate veterinarian at BREC. She enjoys working on a variety of breeds and disciplines of all different levels. […]

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Equine Shockwave: What Is It & What Does It Do?

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy, or shockwave, is a non-invasive technique using sound waves to stimulate healing in wounds, ligaments, tendons, and bony structures.  It is thought to increase blood flow circulation and growth of blood vessels to the treated area.  By doing this, natural healing factors are then able to get to the affected area and […]

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Equine Placentitis

Placentitis is an infection of the mare’s placenta, usually occurring within the last 3-4 months of gestation. It can be an extremely devastating condition for the owner both emotionally and economically, as it can be a difficult condition to treat and still may end with a nonviable fetus. The earlier this condition is identified, the […]

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Second Chance for Horse with Severe Laminitis

Second Chance for Horse with Severe Laminitis

Clara Louise had been battling chronic laminitis for months, but suddenly things went from bad to worse. At 13 years old, the TB/Welsh cross mare was now so severely lame that she was reluctant to move. She had been on medical treatment for the chronic laminitis, including Prascend® to treat her Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction […]

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