Marylander Dr. Michael Erskine was named the 2017 Jean Ellen Shehan Professor and Director by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. A partner in Damascus Equine Associates, Mike is also the director of Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, which is part of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.
The Jean Ellen Shehan Professor and Directorship was established in 1996 through a gift to the Virginia Tech Foundation from Marylander Jean Ellen duPont Shehan, a lifelong horsewoman of international stature. Shehan, who died in 2011 at the age of 88, chaired the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center advisory board for many years and was the niece of the center’s namesake, the late Marion duPont Scott.
A 1988 graduate of Virginia Tech and a veterinary practitioner and practice owner for more than 25 years, Mike achieved Diplomate certification by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (equine practice) in 1996.
He is board-certified in equine practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. He also is past president of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association, and the Maryland Horse Council, as well as chair of the Maryland Veterinary Foundation.
Under Erskine’s leadership since 2013, the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center, has implemented a plan that has strengthened the center’s business operation to meet the clinical service, educational, and research needs at the veterinary college.