This week, Dr. Michael D. Erskine began a new part-time job, that of interim director of Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center, the Leesburg campus of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech.
“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 [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 patient care.”
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.
The 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.