Why choose OWEC
There are several excellent local equine veterinary
clinics in Virginia horse country. What makes OWEC different is
the commitment to the best individualized care for each patient.
From the elite competition horse to the retired backyard pony, we use
all our expertise and experience to keep horse and owner happy.
The veterinarians’ personal horse related interests
and activities include:
- Thoroughbred racehorse prospect breeding,
fitting, and racing
- Rated show hunters and jumpers
- Western performance competition
- AQHA and other breed showing
- Trail horses
- Maintaining retired horses with chronic problems
such as heart conditions, Cushings Disease,
- Managing obese and insulin resistant horses
The clinic staff provides prompt response to client requests
and questions. They care for hospitalized patients and assist
veterinarians at the clinic and on farm calls.
||Helen M Poland, DVM, PhD, IVAS certified
After graduating from Colorado State University Veterinary School,
Dr. Poland came to Virginia to be the first intern at Blue Ridge
Equine Clinic in Charlottesville. She established OWEC in
1981. Her principle veterinary interests are lameness, internal
medicine, and the use of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture
to complement western medicine. Dr. Poland has been active in
organized veterinary medicine, including forming the Virginia
Association of Equine Practitioners, and serving as the first chair for
that organization. She was also appointed to the State Board of
Veterinary Medicine, serving for 8 years. After showing hunters and
jumpers for many years, Dr. Poland is now showing Quarter Horses.
Her husband, Art, a solar physicist, has also switched from jumpers to
chasing cows and foxhunting.
||Tena Boyd, DVM
Dr. Boyd was educated at Virginia Tech (1991 Animal Science, 1995 VA-MD
Regional College of Veterinary Medicine). She has been with Old
Waterloo since 1996 and became a partner in 2000. Dr.
Boyd’s special veterinary interests include equine breeding
management and reproductive medicine, neonatal medicine (conception
through birth and weaning), as well as preventive health care.
Dr. Boyd co-chaired the very successful First Ride for the Cure
Virginia 2009 which made more than $125,000 for breast cancer research.
She lives in Rixeyville with her husband Terry, their thoroughbred
broodmare band, riding horses, and Labrador Retrievers.
||Dr. Alisha Oehling, DVM
Dr. Oehling grew up in Asheville, NC spending every moment she could on
a horse. It was then her love of horses and desire to become a
veterinarian was formed. She spent four years at Averett
University in Danville, VA where she earned a B.S. in Biomedical
Sciences with a minor in Equestrian Studies. Here she also
actively participated on the combined training team, successfully
showing throughout North Carolina and Virginia. Vet school
brought her to the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in
Blacksburg, VA where she graduated in 2009 with an Equine
emphasis. Dr. Oehling has special interest in diagnosing and
treating lameness in the sport horse.
graduating from vet school, Dr. Oehling opened Stateline Equine in
Clarksville, VA. Stateline Equine offered care for multiple large
animal species in southeastern Virginia to include equine, bovine,
camelid, and caprine medicine. After approximately 3.5 years of
dedicated service to the area Dr. Oehling closed Stateline
Equine’s doors in order to pursue an opportunity with Old
Waterloo Equine Clinic . She very much looks forward to servicing
this community with the same fervor and eagerness she exuded with
Stateline Equine. In her spare time Dr. Oehling participates in
the sport of eventing with her 7 year old Paint, Ollie. She
purchased him eighteen months ago and is currently competing him at
Novice and hopes that together their partnership will continue to take
them through the levels.
||Kerry Reardon, LVT
Old Waterloo’s office manager since September 2000. Kerry
has had a lifelong interest in horses, having ridden and been around
horses since she was a child. She has a B.A. degree in Equestrian
Studies with a minor in Business Administration, from Virginia
Intermont College, Bristol, VA. She earned her A.A.S. degree and
license in veterinary technology in 1996. She lives in Culpeper
with her husband James and their two dogs. In her free time she
likes to go antiquing, hiking and working with her Labrador, Kona.