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Virginia Equine Imaging is a lameness and diagnostic imaging equine veterinary clinic. Browse our website to familiarize yourself with our doctors, services and other educational material. Please call us if we can be of assistance in the care of your horse.

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At Virginia Equine Imaging, we treat your horse like the valued family members they are.

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Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Carmen Musick
    Practice Manager
    Carmen has worked in the veterinary field since 1998. Prior to coming to VEI she was the practice manager at a “small animal” practice in Ashburn. She was looking for something new and exciting such as equine or specialty practice and joined our team in 2014. She lives in The Plains with her husband and daughter as well as two dogs – Montee, a Golden Retriever and Einstein, a Keeshond. She also has three horses.. and spends most of her time at the barn. Her daughter shows in both English and Western disciplines while Carmen trail rides for fun.
  • Jess Efthemes
    Client Care Specialist
    Jesse has been working with horses since a young age. She was first introduced at the age of 2 and has been interested ever since. She started out with hunter/jumper shows and was a member of MOC Pony Club in Middleburg, VA competing in Games Rallies and Show Jumping.. Rallies. She worked her way up through eventing and USDF Young Riders Dressage Championships. More recently she decided to pursue her interests in veterinary care and working to become a licensed vet tech. In her free time, Jesse can be found out at the family farm in Nokesville, VA riding her beloved buckskin pony, Goldmine.
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  • Sarah Crocker
    Tech Support
    Sarah is a friendly 'horse person' from New England. She first rode at the age of nine and has never stopped since! In college, she played polo and was ranked third for women collegiate players while completing a degree in bio-chemistry. In 2005, after a decade of dedication to a large New England equestrian facility, she left its seriously long winters for the year-round equestrian life here in Virginia. Horses continue to be a passion and riding is part of everyday. She is either trail riding for fitness, in a training session, fox hunting or ..acting silly by bareback riding in the snow or nearby lake. Sarah is a valued part-time employee at Virginia Equine Imaging, finding it both fulfilling and educational.
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  • Lauren Hagarty
    Veterinary Technician
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Read What Our Clients Say

  • "Wish my horse didn't need an excellent lameness veterinarian, but very thankful Dr. Johns was recommended and is in my region. She's professional, thorough, and kind, and my mare received beyond excellent care. The facility is beautiful, and the support staff was friendly and helpful."
    Bridget U.
  • "Dr Allen and his associates are wonderful. I took my barrel horse for a second option with his navicular issues. To soon to see if it will work but the knowledge this man has. well worth the trip."
    Leslie S. / Virginia, USA

Featured Articles

Read about interesting topics

  • Coupling Equine Nutrition & Acupuncture

    Integrated medical care for horses has been shown to not only enhance their overall performance in competition, but benefit their everyday well being. According to the International Veterinary Acupuncture Association, acupuncture can be effective to both prevent illness and treat specific equine health ...

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  • Caring for Senior Horses

    With proactive veterinary care, horses can live well into their late 20s and early 30s. In fact, the average life expectancy for most horses is now between 28 and 33 years. Basic senior wellness care includes dental care, balanced nutrition, and hoof care. This care ensures horses remain healthy and ...

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  • Advances in Equine Breeding & Assisted Reproduction

    Assisted equine reproduction has opened up new possibilities in the equine sporting community for horses where this was once limited. With the help of your equine veterinary specialist you can determine if your horse is an ideal candidate for this process either to become artificially inseminated or ...

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  • Preventing Thrush in Horses

    Thrush is a bacterial infection, and one of the most common diseases, affecting horses’ hooves. You will likely know it when you see — and smell — it. The pungent, tar-like black discharge collects in the sulci, or grooves, along the sides of the frog, the triangular structure that covers about ...

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  • Select the Right Saddle

    The right saddle will make a significant difference for both you and your horse and ensure a safe, balanced and relaxing ride. Comfort is key; if the rear of the saddle is up after you cinch the saddle on your horse, or if the saddle wants to roll after you place it on, the saddle is not the correct ...

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  • Strategic Deworming for Equines

    If you are a long time horse owner, you may be familiar with traditional parasite control strategies. Traditionally, the most common parasite control approach called for horse owners to deworm their horse year round every six to eight weeks, rotating products. Alternatively, horse owners also could opt ...

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  • Why You Need to Keep Stalls Clean

    How often do you clean your horses’ stalls? Ideally, horse stalls should be cleaned every day and kept as clean as possible. Since horses often lie down in their stalls at night, this behavior means that if you are not keeping the stalls clean, horses could be lying in their own urine or manure – ...

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  • Prevent Incurable Horse Virus

    Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV) is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito, advises the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The virus is rare and causes inflammation of the brain called encephalitis. Animals, especially horses, are vulnerable to this infection. "All equine cases are ...

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  • Nutrition Affects a Horse's Behavior

    Has your horse not quite been themselves lately? Have you noticed unusual fatigue or conversely, excitability? You may be surprised to learn that nutrition and dietary choices play a significant role in determining equine behavior. And, it is not simply what they eat, but how. Horse owners often report ...

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  • Horse Talk: Oral Exams Matter at Every Age

    Regular dental care is an important part of equine wellness care. Horses have a hypsodont tooth and an anisognathic jaw conformation. This means that the upper jaw is wider than the lower jaw, an arrangement that maximizes a horse’s chewing efficiency. A horse’s teeth and bite are important for more ...

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