Hospital Services

Located in The Plains, Virginia, The Piedmont Equine Practice provides medical care for horses in the surrounding counties of Fauquier, Rappahannock, Warren, Prince William, Loudoun, Frederick, Clarke, parts of Fairfax and Culpeper and some adjacent counties in Maryland and West Virginia.

Surgical Services

Sarah Dukti, D.V.M., Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care is the only equine veterinarian in Virginia who is board certified in both surgery & critical care. She and her team of interns and technicians have been providing 24-hour emergency surgical & critical care services on site since 2011.

Courtney Bolam, DVM, Doctor of Veterinary Science, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Large Animal provides regular in-hospital emergency and surgical relief with Dr. Sarah Dukti. Dr. Bolam shares her time between our clinic and Woodside Equine Clinic in Ashland, VA.

  • management of both medical & surgical colic cases
  • treatment of joint lacerations & infections
  • soft tissue orthopaedic procedures (emergency & elective)
  • castration
  • isolation – our dedicated isolation unit with separate entrance, ventilation, and drainage make it possible for us to care for horses with potentially infectious diseases
  • hospitalized care for acute conditions
  • ophthalmic surgery for both acute & chronic conditions with Dr. Catherine Nunnery
  • elective arthroscopy for OCD & chip removal

Internal Medicine

We provide internal medicine services at The Piedmont Equine Practice. A complete diagnostic workup can be performed at the hospital. All patients will be returned to the referring veterinarian for long-term case management.

Dr Amy Polkes provides the internal medicine services including:

  • Neurologic Evaluation: thorough neurologic exam with plain radiography, contrast myelography and cerebral spinal fluid sampling and interpretation.
  • Gastrointestinal Evaluation: abdominal ultrasonography, abdominal paracentesis, absorption tests, gastroscopy and biopsy procedures.
  • Respiratory Evaluation: complete respiratory examination with endoscopy, ultrasonography, radiography, transtracheal aspirate, broncheoalveolar lavage, thoracocentesis and biopsy procedures to evaluate the upper and lower respiratory tract.
  • Urologic Tract Evaluation: using ultrasonography and endoscopy (cystoscopy).
  • Cardiac Evaluation: complete cardiac exam and echocardiography and electrocardiography (ECG).