As we enter our tenth year of business, we have the opportunity to reflect on what sets our practice apart from other mobile equine practitioners in the Loudoun marketplace. One of the main differences we continue to hear from our clients is that we are committed to educating them on keeping their horses healthy for life. From the time we arrive on the farm, we explain why we recommend certain treatment protocols and we are always happy to share the science behind it. Our commitment to the equine community extends beyond providing stellar equine care throughout the region. We take an active role in seeking out the most beneficial continuing education for all of our team members and bring that education back to the community through various speaking engagements, workshop presentations, trainer and stable clinics, and our own educational seminars.
From Dr. Hyman:
From October 28-November 2, I was unbelievably fortunate to participate in an international equine veterinary conference held in the Dinokeng Reserve in Gauteng, South Africa. The meeting brought together veterinarians from around the world, including Austria, Germany, Norway, Latvia, France, Qatar, England, Canada, Australia, Ireland, and the United States.
Expert speakers covered a wide range of topics from neurological diseases to ophthalmic concerns during a prepurchase exam to ultrasound examination for colic. We were able to bring in both cadaver specimens and live horses to practice various procedures from ophthalmic surgery to back radiographs and ultrasound. It was amazing to see the horses standing with zebras grazing just feet from them.
I was most keen to hone my ultrasound skills on examining the equine hip. It is probably an underrated area of discomfort and should be examined more. I left the conference confident in my ability to image the hip and perform ultrasound guided injections of the joint and hope to use this to help improve the performance of our patients.
Although the education was top-notch, what struck me most about the meeting was the collegiality of the group. There was such an incredible ease meeting all of these vets from around the world, like we were all long lost friends. It was just as educational as the lectures, just listening to how they practice in their native countries. There are so many similarities, yet so many differences.
Each day stated with a sunrise safari and ended with a sunset safari. Dinokeng Reserve is home to the big 5 (lions, black rhino, Cape buffalo, elephants, and leopards) as well as white rhinos, hippos, impala, kudu, giraffes, zebra, cheetah, wildebeest, jackals, and many more incredible animals. The leopard evaded is all week, but I got to see the other 4 of the big 5. Sometimes a little to closely, like when a bull elephant thought it would be fun to come up to our safari Jeep and give it a little shake with his tusk!
My husband and son were able to travel with me and enjoy the beauty and excitement of South Africa. I am grateful that my son has a love of animals and now an appreciation of the importance of conservation. We visited the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre. They have been breeding cheetahs there since the 1970s in order to keep them from becoming endangered. Despite the speed and grace of the cheetahs, my son fell in love with the resident honey badger named Amapajama. He used his own money to “adopt” her for the year to provide all of her veterinary care.
I am excited to bring my newly honed skills back to the practice to help our clients. Staying on the cutting edge of equine veterinary medicine is always a top priority for me and all of us at TEVA.
There's nothing like hitting the ground running! While Dr. Elizabeth Coppelman may be our newest veterinarian, she is completely involved in our education mission. She presented at the Therapeutic Riding Association of Virginia conference shortly after starting with us and held several educational workshops for trainers and boarders at stables throughout the area during the autumn season. She was also the spotlight of one of our own educational seminars, where, among other things, she did an acupuncture demonstration for our very attentive audience.
Since the 1970s the American Horse Publications (AHP) organization has held an annual media conference for its members. The conference is full educational sessions, special events, vendor displays, and the coveted presentation of the AHP Equine Media Awards. The 2018 conference was held in Hunt Valley, Maryland and Dr. Jay Joyce was invited to speak. His presentation centered on the changing direction and evolution of ambulatory equine medicine. Highlighting important principles of progressive and successful practices, Dr. Jay discussed the four cornerstones of the revolution happening in mobile medicine: cutting-edge technology, enhancing the customer experience, total horse health, and smart business practices. He urged the audience to embrace the changes currently taking place in the industry as these will provide the best opportunities for the healthiest, happiest horses and satisfied owners as we move forward.
Subsequently, TEVA's Office Manager, Christie Kimberlin, attended two days of marketing and business strategy sessions at Hunt Valley conference. Networking with marketing, media, and other industry professionals from around the country was an quite valuable and important to keep TEVA's branding and product offerings for clients current and relevant.
Dr. Sallie Hyman and Dr. Elizabeth Coppelman took a field trip to the National Zoo! It wasn't all fun and games though, they attended an important presentation by Zoetis, "Running Wild with Rabies: Optimizing Equine Disease Protection." The presentation also included exclusive data and surrounding respiratory and neurological diseases. Our TEVA vets were treated to a behind the scenes tour of the zoo's veterinary hospital to round out their day in the city.
Learning and expanding our knowledge base isn't just for the doctors! It's important that our staff stay current on industry news as well. Our CSRs, Verna Yrure and Emily Harragan, had the opportunity to spend a day at the Boehringer Ingelheim University for Equine Technicians. Dr. Bob Stenborn, Senior Equine Professional Services Veterinarian at Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, presented more than five hours of continuing education on important topics including Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome, Biosecurity, Potomac Horse Fever and Rabies, and Understanding, Handling, and Preventing Vaccine Failure. Both Verna and Emily learned valuable new information to bring back to Team TEVA.
Throughout the year, we are often asked to present topics for a variety of groups or participate in various educational events. As education is truly a cornerstone of our practice philosophy, we try to accommodate these requests as often as possible. Examples include the Loudoun Hunt Pony Club summer camp who had Dr. Sallie Hyman teach campers about internal parasites, and Dr. Jay Joyce who recently attended the US Eventing Association Young Riders (YRAP) - Area 2 - Winter Camp at Morven Park and presented a FEI Show Veterinarian's perspective on competition with topics like common injuries, treatments, diseases, and medications. Additionally, we support the NOVA Community College Vet Tech program and offer a variety of ride along opportunities for those students' externship requirements. Educating future equestrians is part of our mission to keep horses healthy for life!
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