Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center

The Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, VA, offers advanced specialty care, 24-hr. emergency treatment, and diagnostic services.

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.

At just one day old, Jonas, an American Miniature colt, was brought to EMC with his dam, Luna, for evaluation. His owner, Rebecca Sigler of Edinburg, Virginia, had noticed that Jonas was not nursing correctly, and she had grown increasingly concerned.

Weighing in at just 7 kilograms (15 pounds), Jonas was found to have severe bilateral scleral hyperemia and conjunctival edema in his eyes — a severe inflammatory response likely indicating early sepsis. In addition, he was suffering from fetlock laxity in all four limbs and had severe carpal hyperextension.

After responding favorably to 24/7 care and medical therapy under the watchful eye of Emily Schaefer, clinical instructor of equine medicine, and the EMC medicine team, Jonas’ sepsis and hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) resolved. He learned how to nurse appropriately, his legs got stronger, and he and Luna were cleared to return home following his short stay in the hospital.

Learn more about how EMC helps foals thrive:

The Youngkin Equine Soundness (YES) Clinic in the Fout Barn opened its doors for the first time today!

Top Fit, a 19-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Deborah Thayer of Jefferson, Maryland, visited the YES Clinic for a sports medicine evaluation with Dr. Maureen Kelleher, clinical assistant professor of sports medicine and surgery, in consultation with Professor Emeritus of Equine Surgery Dr. Nat White.

The opening of the YES Clinic, funded by a generous gift from Suzanne and Glenn Youngkin of Great Falls, Virginia, is the first step towards an exceptional, comprehensive unit that, dedicated to sports medicine, will focus on all aspects of equine athletic performance and rehabilitation.

Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

“It almost seemed too obvious,” said Andrea Oliver of her decision to be an equine veterinarian. “Oh, horse girl goes for being a horse vet — what a boring story.”

Sometimes the obvious path is the right one. 💁‍♀️ Congratulations 🎉 to Andrea Oliver, the college's 2019 Outstanding Graduating Student! We wish her all the best in her 🐴 internship next year at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital.

Mares and foals from Smitten Farm in The Plains, Virginia, visit the EMC farrier shop every 10 days for a balancing hoof trim in the first three months of each foal’s life. Doing so while the foal's growth plates are still open helps to prevent angular deformities from developing, ensuring each foal's future soundness.

Farrier Amy Sidwar-Seaver carefully trims each foot and then watches and films each foal in motion to make sure that its feet are balanced correctly.

Learn more about EMC's farrier services:

Thanks to our wonderful staff for the important role they play in the treatment and care of our equine patients.

Pictured are EMC caregivers (from left) Paige Messick, Mitchell Vassallo, Kelsey Gallagher, and Drew Kalasky.

Thank you for all that you do!

Good luck and safe travels to all the runners in today's 145th Kentucky Derby!

A specialist group of farriers headed by the father-and-son team of Paul and Luke Goodness, Goodness Farrier Associates focuses on therapeutic shoeing, an integral part of EMC's sports medicine services.

Advanced imaging modalities available at the EMC assist with the diagnosis and treatment of disease and conformation limitations of the equine foot.

Pictured is Paul Goodness, CJF, discussing treatment options and future care with farrier Juan Arellano.

Learn more about EMC's farrier services:

The EMC medicine team has been busy assisting high-risk mares to foal out and treating compromised foals needing extensive specialized attention.

A new addition to EMC's intensive care unit, foaling boxes fitted over the winter months have been invaluable in the safe handling and care of foals needing 24/7 attention.

In this case, the foal was treated for Neonatal Isoerythrolysis (NI), a potentially deadly disease in which the mare’s antibodies attack the foal’s red blood cells. Treatment necessitated separating the foal from the mare and feeding the foal from a bucket until thoroughly washed erythrocytes from the mare were given to the foal via transfusion.

The installation of the foal box, made possible by a generous donation from an EMC client, allowed the mare to maintain her close physical bond with the foal during treatment.

The foal is now sharing a stall with her dam and nursing naturally!

Learn more about neonatal services at the EMC:

EMC appreciates the collaborative assistance of the Blue Ridge Veterinary Blood Bank in the successful treatment of this foal. Stay tuned to our page for the story behind this special case!

Everyone once in awhile we get to use our blood bank equipment and knowledge for something a little extraordinary. This baby is doing so well and we were so excited to help the clinicians at Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center.

The Relationship Between Conformation and Lameness, Part Two

In the second installment of the United States Eventing Association, Inc. (USEA)'s two-part article series, "The Relationship Between Conformation and Lameness," Norris Adams, clinical assistant professor in equine lameness and surgery, reviews the conformation of the back and hind legs.

Did you miss part one? 🐴
Find it here:

Learn more about EMC's comprehensive care for equine athletes: “There are fewer conditions to look out for in the hind limb, but there are some that are very important,” Dr. Adams shared in his discussion of the relationship between conformation in soundness that...

The Relationship Between Conformation and Lameness, Part One

In the first installment of the United States Eventing Association, Inc. (USEA)'s two-part article series, "The Relationship Between Conformation and Lameness," Norris Adams, clinical assistant professor in equine lameness and surgery, describes the conformation evaluation process, beginning with the front legs.

Stay tuned to hear more from Dr. Adams in part two! 🐴

Learn about EMC's comprehensive care for equine athletes: “It’s true that an ideal conformation is something to strive for, but most horses don’t have ideal conformation,” observed Dr. Norris Adams, Clinical Assistant Professor in Equine Lameness and Surgery...

On Tuesday night, under the watchful eyes of EMC clinicians and support staff, Miss Ocean City, a dark bay thoroughbred mare from Smitten Farm in The Plains, Virginia, gave birth to a striking filly.

The foal by Pioneerof the Nile (sire of the 2015 Triple Crown Winner and Horse of the Year #AmericanPharoah) is a treasured addition to the Smitten Farm herd.

Learn more about EMC's neonatal and reproductive services:

Virginia Tech Helmet Lab wants to help protect equestrians

The Virginia Tech Helmet Lab is working to extend its independent, evidence-based, five-star helmet rating system as a resource for equestrians. 🏇

“Since we started the Helmet Lab, I’ve gotten more phone calls about equestrian helmets than I have about any other sport except football,” said Stefan Duma, who founded the lab and today directs the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science.

Learn more about the Helmet Lab's work and how you can support a safer riding experience. ⬇️ The lab has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to evaluate equestrian helmets, which protect athletes in what can be a surprisingly risky sport.

Why wonder why wait? Ask your primary care veterinarian about advanced technologies and diagnostic equipment available at the EMC. Take the fast track to competitive success!

“Paddy”, a seven-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by Kara Angulo of Middleburg, VA, came into the Center yesterday for a brief evaluation. Imported to Virginia from the United Kingdom, where he was a hunter/showjumper, he is training locally for his future Eventing career!

For information about sports medicine services at the EMC go to:

Upper Respiratory Medicine and Surgery

EMC residents, interns, vet techs and veterinary students participated in a training session to review the use of EMC’s dynamic endoscopy equipment.

Dynamic Endoscopy permits real-time visualization of the upper airway, allowing EMC clinicians to diagnose upper airway disease that may only manifest while the horse is in motion. Dynamic images and video footage of the upper airway can be captured while the horse is under saddle or on a lunge line and kept for future comparative assessment purposes.

To learn more about this service please go to: Upper airway disease is a common performance-limiting problem in equine athletes. The signal may be respiratory noise but silent obstructions can also occur.

Visiting Students & Scholars

A group of students from Sherando and Millbrook High Schools, Frederick County, Virginia, visited the Center today. These students enrolled in a Veterinary Science Class at their respective schools, are considering careers in the veterinary field.

During their tour, they learned about services offered at the Center, toured the surgical suite, pharmacy, laboratory and farrier shop and were able to view a computed tomography (CT) image capture, during their tour of EMC’s radiology department.

EMC welcomes visitors, to book a group tour or for more information please email [email protected]

For information regarding visits for veterinary students and scholars, please go to: We welcome visiting veterinarians and veterinary students for a maximum three-week visit. Visitors are responsible for their accommodation as well as health and liability insurance. If liability insurance is not available, visiting veterinarians and students will be able to observe but not handle ho...

Join us on Tuesday, April 9, for our last "Tuesday Talk" of 2019. Dr. Maureen Kelleher, Clinical Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine and Surgery will present:

Joint Supplements; are they worth considering?

There is a variety of joint supplements available to horse owners. Do they work and how do they work?
Dr. Kelleher will review supplement choices and when and how best to utilize them. Bring your questions!

Doors open at 6:30 pm with the presentation beginning at 7:00 pm. Light refreshments will be available during the evening. To register or for more information please email: [email protected]

For more information about Dr. Kelleher please go to:

“Gus”, a one-year-old miniature horse, referred to the EMC by Dr. Jennifer French from Haymarket Veterinary Service, recently visited the EMC for a surgical castration.

Rosie Barwick, LVT Case Coordinator (a redhead like “Gus”) assisted Dr. James Brown with surgery and followed through by reviewing his take home instructions with the owner and getting him safely onto the trailer for his departure home.

Learn more about our surgery services:

Our board-certified theriogenology, internal medicine, and surgery experts are well equipped to handle complex equine reproductive cases involving infertility and dystocia as well as challenges faced by compromised neonates.

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From the bottoms of our hearts, thank you for making this #VTGivingDay a phenomenal success! 🐴👏🎉 Because of your generosity, we surpassed all of our goals.

The $5,000 dollar-for-dollar match established by Linda Dorsey and Jim Satterwhite was fully met. 97 unique donors contributed a total of $32,220 to the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.

We could not have done this without you!

#VTGivingDay is here! Your $5 to the EMC is actually worth $10, thanks to the generous match challenge by longtime clients Linda Dorsey and Jim Satterwhite, who are matching every dollar given to the center, up to $5,000. 🙌

We love horses and we know that you do, too! Help us help them. Your gift will be used for essential equipment for the EMC diagnostic laboratory. Are you in? 🐎

When you Give Now at, under Fund Designation, select Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center.

Virginia Tech Giving Day 2019

This #VTGivingDay (March 19-20) is a chance for you to join together with others to make an impact on equine wellness!

On any given day at the EMC, we depend upon our diagnostic laboratory to quickly understand symptoms and determine treatment plans for our patients. Your gift will help us continue to purchase cutting-edge laboratory equipment and ensure optimal health outcomes for horses.

Remember that all gifts up to a total of $5,000 will be matched dollar for dollar, thanks to a generous pledge from Linda Dorsey and Jim Satterwhite. Are you in? March 19, 2019

2019 Equine Expo – Loudoun County Equine Alliance

We are grateful to partner with the Loudoun County Equine Alliance and invite you to attend their 2019 Equine Expo! The expo is an excellent networking opportunity for equestrians, businesses, service providers, and other organizations in the equine industry. We hope that you can come out to Stone Tower Winery on Tuesday, March 19 for this great event! 2019 Equine Expo SIGN UP for 2019 Equine Expo HERE – Table Space is FREE to 2019 LCEA Business Members – Space is Limited with 40 Vendor Tables Available 2019 EVENT SPONSORS Loudoun Dept. of Economic DevelopmentMarion duPont Scott Equine Medical CenterMorven Park Equestrian CenterNational Sporti...

On March 19-20, the Equine Medical Center will participate in Virginia Tech’s second annual #VTGivingDay. Thanks to long-term clients Linda Dorsey and Jim Satterwhite, you can double the impact of your gift! They will match every dollar given to the center, up to $5,000, to be used for purchasing state-of-the-art equipment for our diagnostic lab.

Did you know that even if a horse in the area has never visited the EMC, it is likely to have benefitted directly from the center’s diagnostic laboratory services? Like our own doctors, local veterinarians can use the lab’s services to quickly diagnose and treat their patients. Your support helps us provide high-quality care to patients at the EMC and beyond! Are you in?

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Congratulations to Dr. Kevin Connolly, a third year medicine resident at the EMC, who recently passed his Large Animal Internal Medicine Specialty Exam!

The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Large Animal Residency is a rigorous program that includes a combination of clinical training, original research, case reports, and two comprehensive examinations.

Congratulations Dr. Connolly - your hard work has paid off!

On page 9 & 13 of the Spring issue of The Horse Times magazine, an interesting article written by EMC's Dr. Maureen Kelleher reviews the use of injectable joint therapy.

“Tuesday Talks” - EMC offers horse owners the chance to attend fun, interactive presentations hosted by our clinicians. There is no cost to attend and light refreshments are available. To register for our upcoming presentation on March 12, 2019 please email: [email protected] - Doors open at 6:30 pm with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm.

March 12, 2019 - Equine Conformation - A presentation by Dr. Norris Adams – Clinical Assistant Professor of Equine Lameness and Surgery - Presented in collaboration with Loudoun County Equine Alliance

Dr. Norris Adams will review common conformational flaws, and relate them specifically to their effects on soundness.

What to Expect in the Equine Emergency Room

Have you ever wondered what type of cases come into the EMC on a regular basis? This article written by Jessica Duffy, Communications Coordinator, United States Eventing Association (USEA) should answer many of your questions! It is a truth universally acknowledged that if one owns a horse, that horse will eventually injure himself. Sometimes it’s just a mild scratch – easily treated in the barn. But sometimes the ailment i...

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