Veterinarian and equine specialist Dr. Michael D. Erskine of Mount Airy, Maryland, has been named director of Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center after serving as the interim director since May 2013.

Located in Leesburg, Virginia, the center is a campus of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech.

Erskine will begin his new position effective April 25. 

“Over the last 18 months, I have worked closely with Dr. Erskine and others from the college to conduct a comprehensive review and planning process with the goal of developing a more sustainable business model for the equine medical center,” noted Dr. Cyril Clarke, dean of the veterinary college. “He has been instrumental in moving forward several high-priority projects that already are making a positive impact on the center’s performance and financial standing. I consider him to be very well-qualified to serve the college in his new position.”

A full-service equine hospital, the center offers advanced specialty care, 24-hour emergency treatment, and diagnostic services for all ages and breeds of horses. Just a short drive from the major stables, courses, and tracks in both Virginia and Maryland, the facility also offers cutting-edge research for the advancement of the equine industry and specialized training for veterinary students.

Erskine most recently practiced with Damascus Equine Associates in Mount Airy, Maryland, a group of private ambulatory equine practitioners who serve a wide variety of clients and their horses in Maryland and the surrounding area. He has a special interest in sport and pleasure horses.

“He has been a veterinary practice owner for over 25 years and a strong supporter of the EMC as both a referring clinician and a member of the EMC Council and Veterinary Advisory Board,” Clarke added. “His career includes a wide range of distinguished veterinary service, practice management, administration, and service to the veterinary profession.”

Erskine majored in biology as an undergraduate at Virginia Tech from 1981 to 1984 and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the veterinary college in 1988. 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.

Written by Michael Sutphin.

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