At Old Waterloo Equine Clinic the clinic staff provides prompt response to client requests and questions. They care for hospitalized patients and assist veterinarians at the clinic and on farm calls.
Dr. Boyd was educated at Virginia Tech (1991 Animal Science, 1995 VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine). She has been with Old Waterloo since 1996, became a partner in 2000 and purchased the practice in 2014. Dr. Boyd’s special veterinary interests include equine breeding management and reproductive medicine, neonatal medicine (conception through birth and weaning), as well as preventive health care. In 2013, Dr. Boyd was recognized by her veterinary peers as the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association’s 2013 Distinguished Virginia Veterinarian. She lives in Rixeyville with her husband Terry, their small thoroughbred broodmare band, riding horses, and Labrador Retrievers. Dr. Boyd’s small kennel, Heartride Labradors is recognized by the AKC as a “Breeder of Merit”. She enjoys trail riding and camping with her husband and friends, and competing with her Labradors in Retriever Hunt Tests, Conformation, and Obedience. Dr. Boyd also co-chaired the very successful First Ride for the Cure Virginia 2009 which made more than $125,000 for breast cancer research. Through 2014, OWEC hosted the Ride for the Cure Virginia and collectively the event has raised over $600,000 to support the fight against breast cancer. Link to VVMA award http://vvma.org/2013-Virginia-Veterinary-Awards (photo)
Dr. Bretz grew up in Asheville, NC spending every moment she could on a horse. It was then her love of horses and desire to become a veterinarian were formed. She spent four years at Averett University in Danville, VA where she earned a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Equestrian Studies. She also actively participated on the combined training team, successfully showing throughout North Carolina and Virginia. Vet school brought her to the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, VA where she graduated in 2009 with an Equine emphasis. Dr. Bretz practicd for four years in southern Virginia, then joined Old Waterloo Equine Clinic in early 2013. Her primary areas of interest are dentistry as well as diagnosis and rehabilitation of lameness in the sport horse. She has spent countless hours working to improve her diagnostic skills and staying relevant on current treatments for the sport horse. When she isn’t practicing, you can find her hiking, running, rock climbing, cooking, or riding. Dr. Bretz is truly passionate about spending her time outdoors.
Lee Ann Smith came on board as the Office Manager for Old Waterloo Equine Clinic on January 1, 2017. Lee Ann began a life long love of horses at the age of 6 when she met the beautiful Shetland pony, Silver. She graduated from the Ligonier Valley Senior High School in Ligonier, PA. After High School she attended and graduated from the Potomac Horse Center in Gaithersburg, MD.. She has been a professional in the Equine Industry for 42 years. The last 17 of them have been in Warrenton, VA where she has owned and operated her own, successful breeding and boarding farm.
Julie is the bookkeeper for the clinic, and has been with us since 2008. She was raised in Gettysburg PA, where she grew up riding and showing horses until she went to college at Penn State University. After college she moved to Colorado where she found a job with Parelli Natural Horsemanship working in their corporate office for six years and later met her husband Greg. Since then they have re-located back to the east coast and currently have two horses; Ransom and Hope.
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