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Celebrating 25 Years of Service

The Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center marks its 25th anniversary on October 14, 2009. EMC 25th AnniversaryThis full-service equine medical center has become, over the years, a world-class clinical and research facility with:

  • internationally renowned faculty veterinarians
  • state-of-the art biomedical equipment
  • competent, caring, and compassionate staff, and
  • remarkable achievements in research and scholarship that have led to new knowledge for treatment of horses around the world.

In celebration of this special anniversary, several events are being held throughout the year to highlight our past accomplishments and to look forward to the future with continued dedication and commitment.

These events include:

The Dedication of the Paul R. Fout Barn - April 17, 2009

Fout Barn DedicationOn a perfect spring evening, the new “open air” barn on the campus of Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center was dedicated to Paul R. Fout, a renowned horse breeder and trainer who passed away in 2005. The event began at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 17, as more than 160 guests arrived to gather their programs and take their seats in a park-like area in front of the new barn.

View press releases:
Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center's new barn to be dedicated to Paul R. Fout
Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center dedicates new barn

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Anniversary Open House - June 13, 2009

Open HouseIn celebration of its 25th anniversary, Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center hosted an open house on Saturday, June 13, and approximately 500 visitors turned out to get a first-hand look at how the center provides high-quality health care services for all ages and breeds of horses.

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View the Open House schedule of events (PDF).

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The 25th Anniversary Reception – October 14, 2009

On the actual date of its 25th anniversary, the Equine Medical Center hosted a special event, featuring a number of honored speakers, facility tours, a treadmill demonstration, and a festive reception.

The silver anniversary of the EMC was used to not only look back on the many important accomplishments of its faculty and staff, but also to outline how the Center is working to improve the quality of equine medical care for the future while advancing equine health care through research and teaching.

Addressing the guests were Dr. Charles W. Steger, President of Virginia Tech; Dr. Gerhardt Schurig, Dean of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Nat White, Jean Ellen Shehan Professor and Director of the EMC; Dr. Jennifer Barrett, Ph.D. and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Center, who also runs the molecular research laboratory on the Center’s campus; and Shelley Duke, a member of Virginia Tech’s Board of Visitors and chairperson of the EMC Council.

Special guests included State Senator Mark Herring, Delegate Joe May, other members of Virginia Tech’s Board of Visitors, EMC Council members, and Dr. Jack Howard, a Leesburg veterinarian who supported the Center from its earliest days.

The absence of two very important individuals was also noted. Jean Ellen duPont Shehan, Mrs. Marion duPont Scott’s niece and a tireless supporter of the EMC, was unable to attend the event, and Dr. Fred Fregin, the EMC’s founding director, was also missed. The dedication and commitment of each was gratefully acknowledged.

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Tuesday Talks, November 2009 – March 2010

December 8, 2009: “Regenerative Medicine: From Stem Cells to PRP
Presented by Dr. Jennifer Barrett, Ph.D., DACVS, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center.

January 12, 2010: “Endocrine Disease in the Horse: Cushings and Insulin Resistance
Presented by Dr. Martin Furr, Ph.D., DACVIM, Professor and Adelaide C. Riggs Chair in Internal Medicine, Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center.

February 9, 2010: “Lameness Diagnosis Panel
Moderated by Dr. Nat White, M.S., DACVS, Jean Ellen Shehan Professor, and Director, Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center.

March 9, 2010: “Diagnosis and Treatment of Upper Airway and Sinus Disorders
Presented by Dr. Ken Sullins, M.S., DACVS, and Professor of Equine Surgery, Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center.



“Virtual Open House” Events, Dates to be determined

The virtual open house presentation will be posted upon completion, which is expected to be late September, 2009.



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