A Veterinary Advisory Board, comprised of Virginia- and Maryland-based equine practitioners, has been established to help the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center continue its quest to provide excellence in equine healthcare for the region.

Similar to the duties performed by members of the Equine Medical Center's Council, Veterinary Advisory Board members will provide advice and counsel to the Center's director and staff as they develop policies and procedures designed to meet the needs of the equine industry and the constituencies it serves. Members will also work to facilitate communication with clients and other referring veterinarians.

"Servicing the needs of referring veterinarians is key to the Equine Medical Center's success," said Dr. Nathaniel A. White, II, interim director of the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center. "This group of experienced practitioners will provide valuable advice about the hospital's function, business practices and communications with veterinarians and clients. By working as a team, the regional veterinary community can share technology and expertise to raise the level of horse health care and advance the profession. I am pleased with the new board members' willingness to help in this effort."

Members of the newly-formed EMC Veterinary Advisory Board include:

Dr. Scott Anderson, Woodside Equine Practice, Ashland, Va.

Dr. Paul Anikis, Piedmont Equine Practice, Marshall, Va.

Dr. R. Reynolds Cowles, Jr., Blue Ridge Equine Clinic, Free Union, Va.

Dr. Michael Erskine, Damascus Equine Associates, Woodbine, Md.

Dr. Richard Forfa, Monocacy Equine Veterinary Associates, Beallsville, Md.

Dr. Deborah Graham, Davidsonville, Md.

Dr. Paula Horne, Hoof and Paw Veterinary Service, Purcellville, Va.

Dr. William McCormick, Middleburg Equine Clinic, Middleburg, Va.

Dr. Nicholas Meittinis, Maryland Veterinary Group, Laurel, Md.

Dr. Carol Sabo, Haymarket Veterinary Service, Haymarket, Va.

The Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center, located in Leesburg, Virginia, is one of three campuses operated by the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, a two-state professional school with major campus facilities at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and the University of Maryland at College Park. The Equine Medical Center offers 24-hour emergency referral service along with surgical, medical and diagnostic services. Additional information about the Equine Medical Center may be found at www.equinemedicalcenter.net.

This story was written by Ann Nadjar.