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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dr. Marcos Santos

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 […]

Equine Stem Cell Injection: Step By Step

“Autologous mesenchymal stem cells” are derived from your horse’s bone marrow, which we will have collected 2-4 weeks prior (see “Collecting bone marrow for stem cell therapy”). Stem cells occur naturally in the body and have the unique capacity to renew themselves and be programmed into specialized cell types, allowing an injured horse to naturally […]

What Your Vet Team Wants You To Know Before Euthanizing Your Horse

Recently, an excellent article was published by Dr. Andy Roark; “5 Things this Tech Wishes You Knew Before Euthanizing” that provides helpful information about how a pet owner can ease the experience for themselves and their pets when the dreaded day comes to say goodbye. I highly recommend checking out the article. Working on horses […]

Profiling Newly Inducted AAEP President Dr. Reynolds Cowles

Blue Ridge Equine Clinic is proud to share Dr. Reynolds Cowles’ profile, published in this month’s Equine Veterinary Education magazine. We wish you the best as President of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and know your leadership will be as valued there as it’s always been here at Blue Ridge Equine Clinic.

Ristocrat and April Shultz

Ristocrat’s Return: Making The Most Of Time Off

There it was, the news that horse owners dread to hear: the young, beautiful, talented warmblood that she bred had a suspensory tear. All the momentum of his promising career in dressage seemed to have ground to a halt, and now a new goal loomed. Roberta Falk was determined to pursue the best course of treatment […]

FEI Updates On Prohibited Substances

The FEI Veterinary Department would like to update you with some notes on Prohibited Substances. The FEI has recently seen a substantial increase in the number of positive cases of medroxyprogesterone acetate and triamcinolone acetonide. We would like veterinarians to take the following information into consideration when treating horses and advising clients.   1.    Medroxyprogesterone […]

Blue Ridge Equine Clinic Is Going Solar

We are excited to announce that Blue Ridge Equine Clinic has partnered up with Sigora Solar to install solar (photovoltaic) panels at the clinic in Earlysville. The system is scheduled to be installed starting December 13th and should be finished by December 15th. This just happens to coincide with our holiday open house on December […]

Saddle Fitting

Valley Division team members Dr. Tabby Moore, Dr. Julia Hecking, Dr. Tracy Norman, and April Shultz teamed up with Robin Moore of World Equestrian Brands this week to discuss saddle fit and how it is affected by various horses’ conformations. Great to share expertise on a topic that influences your horse’s performance and comfort so significantly! […]

Collecting Equine Bone Marrow For Stem Cell Therapy

Bone Marrow Harvest Procedure: Bone marrow harvests are typically an “outpatient procedure” meaning you can haul your horse in to the clinic, have the harvest performed and take your horse back home within the same afternoon.  You should plan to be at the clinic for about two hours (a bit less or more depending on […]