Stem Cell therapy is a regenerative medicine and treatment that uses stem cells to repair injured or damaged tissues. Stem cells can be collected from the horses own bone marrow or be embryonically derived. These cells are then used to treat a variety of conditions, including tendonitis, ligament injuries, osteoarthritis, meniscal injuries etc. Stem cells can be injected directly into the site that requires treatment. There, they will develop into new cells of the desired tissue type to help in repair of damaged tissue. Alternatively, there have been some recent reports of using stem cells regionally (regional perfusion) with very good results. Our veterinarians will be glad to discuss how stem cell therapy may help your horse.
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Nancy Peterson, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA
We had to bring our OTTB Dargan to BREC on a Sunday afternoon on an emergency colic issue. Upon arrival the BREC team was fully prepared to make an assessment. It was great to be involved in the process from arrival, as this was our first time dealing with this type of situation. Dr. Santos and his team were fantastic to work with from the start. He was calm, thorough and explained what was happening as he and his team assessed the critical situation as it unfolded right …in front of us.
Dargan needed to have surgery that was a colon impaction. Dr. Santos was hands on and was there for us throughout the entire process to include following up regularly after spending five days in the hospital. His bedside manner was excellent for the horse and for us and our 14-year-old daughter who wants to be an equine vet herself. He answered all of her questions and continues to be involved in every step of the process.
Dr. Santos has amazing patience, understanding and explained everything to our daughter in detail letting her be involved in caring for her horse, which has made a huge difference! He has made such a great impression on a young girl and helped make a bad situation a positive learning experience for her and us.
Dr. Gould who will be missed greatly, kept us informed throughout Dargan’s recovery. She was thoughtful and kind and called often as we requested to keep us informed of his progress.
We are VERY fortunate to have BREC so close to us in Virginia. We just wanted to say “THANK YOU” to Dr. Santos for all that you have done for us. We are thrilled to have such an amazing, caring and thoughtful vet come to Virginia and be a part of BREC.
Thank you BREC and all your staff!
Blue Ridge has made, and will continue to make, great things happen for equines and their owners and I believe that is the goal of all veterinary clinics and hospitals. What sets Blue Ridge apart is the feeling that when you take your horse there, everyone you come in contact with responds to you and your horse as if they have a vested interest in the outcome and let me tell you, that feeling matters and it matters a lot. Thanks again for everything,Kathy and Clara
Alicia Burns, Executive Director Cross Keys Equine Therapy
Thank you for your care of all of our horses (and other critters!). It means so much to us that you care about them as much as we do! They are all special – and the compassion and tenderness you showed for Kitzia made something that is so difficult much easier to handle. Thank you so much for taking such good care of everyone for us!
Due to a scheduling mix-up, the stem cell treatment for my horse was due to arrive at BREC before we’d had a chance to schedule an appointment for it to be injected. When I was unable to haul my horse from Hanover to Earlysville that day, Dr. Trostle (who had just returned from an out of town conference the night before and who was in the midst of BREC’s once a month MRI day) came to us (approximately an hour and a half away) to take care of the procedure. Dr. Trostle and BREC really saved the day by providing above and beyond customer service!
Thank you so much, Anne, for your speedy reply and your consideration for giving me a little education in the process. This, along with the wonderful Dr. Hecking is the reason I want to be your customer! You all have a wonderful day.
Erica Feiste DVM MRCVS
Thank you very much for the excellent care the BREC staff provided. Please pass along my thanks to Dr. Trostle and most especially the LVTs and staff who took care of Baby Hope!
Thanks so much to Dr. Santos. He did a excellent job with my baby gurl Penny today. The staff here is passionate and very professional. They give good detail as to whats going on and how the issue can be treated. Im so thankful for the Doctors and staff at the facility.
Thank you) for saving Smoochie (thanks Dr. Santos!), caring for him over Christmas (thanks Dr. Kaplan!), being so kind to him (thanks Ethnie!), and putting up with me and Julie (thanks Dana and Alice!).
I know that others were involved, so thank you all very much. Smoochie is already acting more like mischievous (and very loveable and affectionate) boy he is.
Not every day since we’ve had him — but nearly every day – he seems to give a look right in the eyes of gratefulness that he has a home. He’s looked very grateful ever since coming back from BREC. He seems to understand that something very serious happened, which may account for how relatively well-behaved he’s been so far since being home.
Upon Smoochie’s getting back home, former BREC patient Earl stoodoutside Smoochie’s stall for an hour. Then I remembered how Smoochie would stand outside Earl’s stall after his surgery, so I think Earl was paying him back for the companionship.
So, thank you all!
“One year ago, Dr. Trostle did colic surgery on Honor. His recovery wasn’t completely smooth as he relapsed back into reflux mode after we thought he was in the clear. Dr. Trostle thought there was a good chance Honor would recover completely and I’m very happy to report he has!! This pic is Honor and I competing at the ODH hunter pace this last weekend. Thanks so much for your wonderful care.”
Everyone at Blue Ridge was so kind on top of being so professional. So, thank you for your efforts. I know that everyone did everything possible to save him.
Everyone was extremely nice and helpful. Logan enjoyed his stay.
I cannot think of anything that you need to do to improve…everyone was wonderful! Although I came to you with a heavy heart, you quickly reassured me that this was a situation that you could handle and I was impressed through every step of the surgery and recovery process with your professionalism and kindness. Thank you from me, my daughter, and Gabe!
J.T. and I wanted to thank you again for your time and expertise yesterday. We were so impressed with how you worked with Sunny and how you were able to deliver sad news in such a gentle way. I am also thankful that your clinic has the capability to make this type of diagnostics mobile because I would have hated to transport him in his weakened condition. The Valley is so fortunate to have your clinic available.
Thank you so much for hosting the dinner and informative seminar last night. I really enjoyed the time learning cutting edge information and getting to spend time visiting with fellow horse people. It makes me very appreciative of all the knowledge you have made available to us. It is very comforting to know you all are here and ready to help when we need you.
Also had a great experience last time. I would not change a thing.
Steven and Maria
It’s a stroke of good fortune for Reno and us to have you (Dr. Moore) and Dr. Hecking for his veterinarian and we are all most appreciative indeed!
Shana - Lexington Carriage Company
I just wanted to send a quick note to let you know how much we appreciate all that you for our babies and for us! Your love and concern for the horses is so apparent, and whatever the circumstances, I always know they’re in good hands. Thank you more than you know!