Faculty and Staff Roles
Each of our patients is treated by a team of veterinarians, as well as a service technician. The specific responsibilities of these health care professionals are outlined below:
Also called senior clinicians or clinicians in charge, these board certified veterinarians oversee the cases admitted to the facility, diagnose cases, and prescribe treatments. In addition, they instruct residents, interns, and fourth-year veterinary students.
Residents are veterinarians, usually two or more years out of veterinary college, who are enrolled in a graduate training program leading to a degree of Master's of Sciences in Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences. Residents are responsible for the primary care of the patients under the supervision of the faculty clinician. Residents receive routine and emergency cases with faculty clinicians on each service.
These veterinarians, usually in their first or second year out of veterinary college, are pursuing additional training in veterinary medicine. They have a variety of responsibilities for diagnosing and treating horses and are supervised by the senior clinicians on each service.
4th Year Veterinary Students
Students from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine observe and discuss cases and assist clinicians and residents with patient care.
Licensed Veterinary Technicians
These equine technicians have completed specialized education and have received extensive training to become licensed by the state Board of Veterinary Medicine. They are an integral part of the equine patient care team and are responsible for coordinating the care ordered by the veterinarians. The LVTs also administer treatments, participate in patient evaluation and client education, and assist in the delivery of a wide range of services that include anesthesia, surgical nursing, diagnostic imaging, treadmill evaluations, advanced nursing care, and mentoring students. Please note that Veterinary Technicians do not have the authority to discuss your horse's condition with you. Please ask them to page your clinician.
These staff members make up the backbone of the patient care support system and are extensively trained to provide a wide range of equine inpatient and outpatient services. This staff includes equine nurses and nursing assistants who maintain proper animal husbandry by administering treatments and monitoring the health status of all patients - 24 hours each day. This staff also includes diagnostic imaging technicians, operating room circulating specialists, dispensary staff, laboratory/pathology medical technologists, and biomedical equipment specialists. Please note that Veterinary Assistants do not have the authority to discuss your horse's condition with you. Please ask them to page your clinician.