and equine specialist Dr. Michael D.
Erskine has been named interim director
of Virginia Tech’s
Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical
Center. Dr. Erskine is a past
president of MVMA.
The center, located in Leesburg, Va., is
a campus of the Virginia-Maryland
Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
at Virginia Tech.
begin his new position on Monday, May
20. “Dr. Erskine has been a friend of
the college and Equine Medical Center
for many years,” said Dr. Gerhardt G.
Schurig, dean of the veterinary college.
“He has always been ready to help with
his advice and knowledge. He is once
again stepping up to help lead the
[equine medical center] until a new
director is in place.”
A resident of Mount Airy, Md.,
Erskine will work on reorganizing, stabilizing, and
enhancing the efficiency of activities at the center. “This
is aimed at ensuring that we provide the best quality of
service and client satisfaction,” noted Schurig.
Just a short drive from the major stables, courses, and
tracks in both Virginia and Maryland, the Leesburg facility
provides comprehensive equine healthcare services,
cutting-edge research for the advancement of the equine
industry, and specialized training for veterinary students.
Under Erskine’s leadership, the equine medical center will
be actively communicating and promoting its activities to
referring veterinarians and clients in order to be the
medical center of choice for the equine community.
“The Equine Medical Center has been an important resource
for my practice, my patients, and my clients for many
years,” Erskine said. “I look forward to working with all of
the people at the [equine medical center] who work so hard
to care for the equine patients in our area. We will build
on our most important strength, an unwavering commitment to
Erskine is an active member of the Equine Medical Center
Advisory Council and serves on the council’s Executive
Committee. As an undergraduate at Virginia Tech, he majored
in biology, then graduated from the Virginia-Maryland
Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. He
currently serves as president of the American Board of
Veterinary Practitioners and chairs the Maryland Veterinary
Foundation. A member of the Maryland Veterinary Medical
Association and the Maryland Horse Council, he is also a
past president of both organizations.
Erskine practices with Damascus Equine Associates in Mount
Airy, Md., a group of private ambulatory equine
practitioners who serve a wide variety of clients and their
horses in Maryland and surrounding areas. He has special
interest in sport and pleasure horses.
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
is a leading biomedical teaching and research center,
enrolling more than 500 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
students, master of public health, and biomedical and
veterinary sciences graduate students. The college is a
partnership between the land-grant universities of Virginia
Tech and the University of Maryland. Its main campus in
Blacksburg, Va., features the Veterinary Teaching Hospital
and large animal field services which together treat more
than 55,000 animals annually. Other locations include the
Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Va.,
and the Gudelsky Veterinary Center in College Park, Md..