NC State Veterinary Hospital provides equine veterinary services for horse patients. They are a referral hospital that is open 24/7 for emergency and critical care cases, including neonatal intensive care and high-risk pregnancies. They specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of medical and surgical disorders in horses. Their services are supported by up-to-date diagnostic procedures, including body ultrasound; endoscopy of the respiratory system, stomach and bladder; and high resolution radiography, CT scan and MRI techniques. Board-certified specialists, experienced residents, dedicated licensed veterinarian technicians and our supervised students work together to provide the best available emergency care, diagnostic procedures, and hospitalization.
Dr. Blikslager received his DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989, and his PhD in Gastrointestinal Physiology from NC State University in 1997. He is a former head of the Department of Clinical Sciences at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Blikslager has received numerous honors including the Applied Equine Research Award from the World Equestrian Veterinary Association, the Pfizer Award for Excellence in Research from the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, and was inducted as a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association.
Brian Gilger , DVM, MS, DACVO, DABT
Dr. Brian Gilger is a native of Akron, Ohio, USA. After an internship and residency in ophthalmology, he joined The Ohio State University as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology in 1992. In October of 1995, Dr. Gilger joined the faculty at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine as an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and is now a Professor of Ophthalmology. Dr. Gilger is particularly interested in ocular diseases of horses and is the editor and author of three editions of the textbook, Equine Ophthalmology. He has over 130 peer reviewed scientific publications, over 30 book chapters, and has research interests in ocular drug delivery, immunology, pharmacology, and toxicology.
Dr. Bailey successfully took the national certifying examination for the American College of Theriogenologists in 2008 and received a Master of Science in Veterinary Medical Science from the University of Florida in 2009. Dr. Bailey’s clinical interests include a variety of aspects of equine and small animal reproduction, including advanced reproductive techniques for equine and canine species, fetal gender-determination in mares and pregnancy management. Dr. Bailey’s research interests have focused on diseases of pregnancy in the mare and causes of perinatal death in foals. In addition to clinical and research pursuits, Dr. Bailey has created a seminar series for house officers and other veterinarians who are interested in pursuing board certification with the American College of Theriogenology.
Callie Fogle , DVM, DACVS-LA
Dr. Fogle is a clinical Associate Professor in Equine Surgery at the Veterinary Hospital.
Hans Westermeyer , DVM, ACVO
Dr. Westermeyer joined the NC State Veterinary Medicine team on January 20, 2015 as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology. He grew up in Chile, South America. After obtaining his Veterinary Degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia, he completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Tennessee. Following a research fellowship at the University of California, Davis, he returned to the University of Tennessee to complete his residency training in Comparative Ophthalmology. Immediately after completing his residency, Dr. Westermeyer moved to Hong Kong for four years and worked in private practice. His research interest is in modulation of scarring after glaucoma valve surgery.
Johanna Elfenbein , DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Dr. Elfenbein received her undergraduate degree in biochemical sciences from Harvard in 2003. She earned her DVM from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. She completed an internship in large animal medicine and surgery at the University of Georgia and returned to the University of Florida for her large animal internal medicine residency. She attained board certification in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2011. Following residency training, Dr. Elfenbein went to Texas A&M University for her PhD training in biomedical sciences, funded by the NIH T32 fellowship. She completed her PhD in 2014 studying Salmonella pathogenesis and began employment at NCSU CVM in 2014. She received the AVMA-AVMF Young Investigator Award (2015) and the University of Florida Young Alumni Award (2015) recognizing her research contributions. Her research is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Katie Sheats , DVM, Ph.D, DACVIM
Dr. Katie Sheats is an Assistant Professor Equine Primary Care at the Veterinary Large Animal Hospital.
Lauren Schnabel , DVM, PhD, DACVS-LA, DACVSMR
Lauren is an Assistant Professor of Equine Orthopedic Surgery in the Department of Clinical Sciences at NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her DVM, Large Animal Surgery Residency, and PhD at Cornell University under the mentorship of Dr. Lisa Fortier and Dr. Douglas Antczak. She is board certified in both the American College of Veterinary Surgery and the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Lauren’s research focuses on stem cell immunology, use of biologic therapies to treat musculoskeletal injuries and diseases, and advancing equine rehabilitation protocols.
Myra Durham , DVM, MS, DACVS-LA
Dr. Durham is a clinical Veterinarian, Equine Emergency at the Veterinary Hospital Equine Emergency Department. She is a Board-certified surgeon.
Rich Redding , DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR
Dr. Redding is a Clinical Professor in Equine Orthopedics & Lameness at the University Veterinary Hospital.
Samuel Jones , DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Dr. Jones received his DVM from the University of Tennessee in 1988, and his PhD in Immunology from Washington University in 1998. He is the Director of both the Comparative Biomedical Sciences Program and the Combined DVM/PhD Program at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. His research includes equine Bartonellosis, equine colic, right dorsal ulcerative colitis, and hepatic injury in horses with intestinal diseases.
Timo Prange , DMV, MS, DACVS-LA
Dr. Prange is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Equine Surgery at the University Veterinary Hospital.