The ambulatory division of Abington Equine Hospital has been open and seeing clients since August, 2016. AEH primarily services Central Pennsylvania.
The ambulatory service provides both general and specialized services in the field. This includes digital radiography, sales repositories, ultrasonography, lameness examinations, joint injections, pre-purchase examinations, basic and advanced dentistry procedures, mare and stallion breeding soundness examinations, castrations, minor surgical procedures, neonatal medicine, ophthalmology, upper airway endoscopy, preventative medicine, and many others. Emergency service is provided 24 hours a day.
Bradley C. Back, DVM
Growing up in Kentucky, horses are in Dr. Back’s blood. He grew up in Jackson, a small town in Eastern Kentucky, where he lived next to a riding horse stable. Although he didn’t have a horse of his own, he would spend many evenings and weekends visiting that farm where he would help exercise the horses. After obtaining an Associate’s Degree in Science from the local community college, Dr. Back moved to Lexington to complete his Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Sciences (Equine Emphasis) from the University of Kentucky.
While living in Lexington, Dr. Back began working at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital. He started off as a member of the barn maintenance crew and surgical recovery team, and over the next 13 years, he worked as a technician supervisor in the Intensive Care Unit as well as a reproductive ambulatory technician for Dr. Tom Riddle. Because of the knowledge and experience gained during his time at Rood and Riddle, Dr. Back developed a strong affinity for neonatal medicine and reproduction.
In 2008, he moved to Oxford, Pennsylvania for 1 year where he worked with Equine Veterinary Care- an ambulatory practice based at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Maryland. It was while working there that he developed an appreciation for high-end sport horse medicine. In 2009, Dr. Back moved to Prince Edward Island, Canada, where he would spent the next 7 years. During this time, Dr. Back began working for the equine ambulatory department of the veterinary college where a majority of his time was spent with Standardbred racehorses.
Over the years, he developed a love and appreciation for the temperament of this breed. From these animals, he learned a great deal about equine dentistry and sport horse medicine. Dr. Back earned his degree in veterinary medicine from the Atlantic Veterinary College where he received awards in equine reproduction, medicine and surgery, ambulatory care, and was the recipient of the American Association of Equine Practitioner’s Winner Circle Scholarship. After graduation, he stayed with the College and completed a one-year ambulatory and theriogenology (equine reproduction) internship under the guidance of board certified specialists where he was able to focus on and expand upon his love of equine reproduction, dentistry, lameness, and wellness.
Dr. Beth Ewaskiewicz
Dr. Beth Ewaskiewicz grew up in Connecticut as a horse-crazy kid riding Morgan horses with her neighbor. She went to Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, originally to be a music major, but ended up graduating with a degree in biology in 1994. Dr. Ewaskiewicz then went on to attend the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1998 with awards in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery. During veterinary school, she spent several summers as a Havermeyer Fellow, spending time working with equine behaviorist Dr. Sue McDonnell and helping out at the Behavior Research Lab and the Hofmann Center for Animal Reproduction.
After a one year internship at Rochester Equine Clinic, a medical and surgical referral center in Rochester, New Hampshire (now the Myhre Equine Clinic), she moved to the central Pennsylvania area to work as an equine veterinarian. Prior to joining Abington Equine Hospital, Dr. Beth has spent many years treating the horses of central PA as an associate veterinarian with Centre Equine Practice, and is interested in equine behavior, medicine, and reproduction. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family- her three children and her partner Robert, and all of their pets. She lives in Penns Valley, and continues to love music, playing violin with the Nittany Valley Symphony.