Welcome to Carolina Equine Hospital

“Carolina Equine Hospital is dedicated to providing innovative, comprehensive veterinary care, exceptional service, and education through our team of experienced professionals for large animal owners of the Piedmont Triad.”

At Carolina Equine Hospital in Browns Summit, NC, we have been providing veterinary services to large animals in the Piedmont Triad since 2009. We love helping horses, and we also treat other large farm animals, including alpacas, llamas, cows, goats, and sheep. Our goal is to keep your animals happy and healthy. Our mobile veterinary service offers whatever care your animal needs. We have a team of veterinarians and veterinary assistants who are passionate about animal care and can educate you on how to care for your animals.

Services We Offer

We provide many essential veterinary services for horses and large farm animals, including:

  • Dental X-rays and Dental Care
  • Sports Medicine
  • Emergency care
  • Equine reproductive services
  • Online pharmacy
  • Pre-purchase examinations
  • Wellness examinations
  • Internal medicine
  • Surgery
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic care

One of our veterinarians holds board certification in the specialty of internal medicine. Dr. Wallace has advanced training and certification in cardiology, neurology, and oncology. His expertise and knowledge combine to give him the skills to excel at diagnosing and treating unusual, uncommon, and rare conditions.

We accept referrals for ophthalmologic evaluations, gastroscopy, upper airway endoscopy, and extracorporeal shock wave therapy. 

Our chiropractic veterinary care provides preventive care and treatment for many musculoskeletal issues. Our doctor uses chiropractic methods to treat injuries, tension, and stiffness. We use chiropractic care along with traditional vet care.

We also offer several other services to keep your pets healthy. We stay up to date with the latest technology in veterinary care and use modern diagnostic tools on your pets. We have fully-equipped mobile veterinary units so our team can come and care for your animal on your farm. This allows you to avoid the hassle of traveling and keeps your pet comfortable in its own environment. If your animal is sick or needs surgery, you can also bring it to our hospital. 

Schedule an Appointment for Your Horse or Large Farm Animal

If you recently joined the equine community or have a large farm animal, we can help you care for it. We offer an annual wellness plan for your new friend. The equine wellness plan consists of two visits, usually spaced six months apart. Your horse receives quality care at a discounted price.

At Carolina Equine Hospital in Browns Summit, NC, we offer comprehensive veterinary care for your animal. We can also answer any questions you have about caring for your pet. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, call us today.

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  • Dr. Wallace
    Dr. Mark A. Wallace, ACVIM

    Dr. Wallace was born in Nova Scotia, Canada and completed his veterinary degree at the near-by University of Prince Edward Island in 1993. After graduation, he pursued a large animal internship in medicine, surgery and reproduction at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. He remained at VA Tech from 1994-1997 to pursue an internal medicine residency and a Masters degree in research related to colic in horses. In 1997 he became a board certified specialist in large animal internal medicine by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Dr. Wallace has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals relating to various aspects of large animal medicine.

    Dr. Wallace began working in the Piedmont Triad in 1997. His special veterinary interests are equine lameness, colic and neurologic conditions but he practices and enjoys all areas of equine medicine. He is also an adjunct professor in the Equestrian Studies Department at Averett University in Danville, VA where he teaches courses in Lameness and Equine Nutrition. He is also an adjunct assistant professor at North Carolina State University in Equine Primary Care.  Dr. Wallace performs consultation work for a number of pharmaceutical companies and has participated in clinical trials for a variety of new equine drugs that are currently on the market. He also finds the time to speak at a number of meetings including the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association annual convention.  He also is a lecturer in the Basic and Advanced Equine Feedmaster educational programs and is on the faculty of the Equine Management Training Center in Axton, Virginia.

    FUN FACT: Dr. Wallace is a 9th degree black belt in Taekwondo (He also enjoys a good joke).

  • Dr. Andrea L. Boyer
    Dr. Andrea L. Boyer

    Dr. Boyer is a native of Pennsylvania but has lived in Illinois and Ohio as well. She graduated from the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992 and joined a mixed animal practice in Randolph County North Carolina. Although Dr. Boyer enjoyed the variety of a mixed animal practice her true passion is for horses.

    In 1998 she joined an equine veterinary practice where she was able to concentrate on equine medicine and reproduction. In 2002 she ventured out on her own and began Cedar Hill Mobile Equine Service where she could ensure a high quality of customer service and patient care.  Dr. Boyer joined Carolina Equine Hospital at its inception in 2009.

    Dr. Boyer’s interests include equine reproduction, internal medicine, and general practice. In her spare time Anne enjoys trail riding and spending time with her daughter.

    FUN FACT:  Dr. Boyer and her daughter Jenna have bicycled 1200 miles so far this year.

  • Dr. James R. Talbot
    Dr. James R. Talbot

    Dr. Talbot was born and raised in southeastern Louisiana just outside of New Orleans. He spent his early years growing up on a small, family operated boarding stable in Algiers, LA. Dr. Talbot and his family both raised and competed American Quarter Horses and were heavily involved in the Palomino Horse Breeder’s Association. During high school he traveled to Tulsa, OK to compete in the PHBA world show with 2 of the family’s horses. He attended Louisiana State University and achieved a B.S. in Animal, Dairy and Poultry Sciences. He enrolled in LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in May, 2003 with a focus on Equine Medicine.

    Dr. Talbot joined Reidsville Veterinary Hospital in June of 2003 as one of 3 full time Large Animal Veterinarians. His primary areas of interest include internal medicine, dentistry, reproduction and neonatology. He also enjoys working on various types of livestock including cattle and goats. His interest in reproduction and neonatology stem from his experiences working at A&I Stallion Station in Covington, LA and through his senior veterinary externship at Haygard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky. His professional memberships include the American Veterinary Medical Association, North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners and the Society for Theriogenology.

    While not practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Talbot enjoys most outdoor activities. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, canoeing and the occasional trail ride. Dr. Talbot also enjoys spending time in outdoor pursuits with his wife Sara, two children and their dogs.

    FUN FACT- Dr. Talbot was almost killed by a grizzly bear in Alaska!

  • Dr. Rebecca E. Stinson
    Dr. Rebecca E. Stinson

    Dr. Rebecca Stinson is one of the founding partners of Carolina Equine Hospital.  Since 2016, she has focused her attention on helping to develop young veterinarians through the educational process.  Currently, she works as the Student Services Representative for the American Veterinary Medical Association Trust.  In this role, she provides support to students around the country and beyond as they are progressing through their veterinary college experience.  Although she no longer works in the practice full time, Dr. Stinson continues to be involved with the leadership team of the practice.  Together, the team helps to identify best practices to continue to serve our clients, community and the horses that they care about. Dr. Stinson does not see routine appointments but does occasionally consult with the rest of the veterinary team regarding ophthalmology, her long time special interest.

  • Dr. Julia Dietz
    Dr. Julia Shanahan, CVMMP

    Dr. Julia Shanahan joined Carolina Equine Hospital in January, 2017 after practicing for several years in Jacksonville, Florida.  She completed her bachelors degree at the University of South Florida and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine with a special award for Excellence in Equine Medicine.  Her special interests include equine dentistry, lameness evaluation, spinal manipulation and acupuncture.  Dr. Shanahan’s chiropractic training was performed at the Integrated Veterinary Medical Institute in Reddick, Florida where she attained certification as an Equine Medical Manipulation Practitioner.  She enjoys incorporating chiropractic therapy into her total body approach to horse health and wellness.  Her acupuncture training was performed at the Chi Institute of Veterinary Acupuncture.  Dr. Shanahan enjoys an active lifestyle and is excited to explore all that North Carolina has to offer.  She also enjoys running with her dog Tessa and riding her 2 horses.  She finds great rewards in her yearly medical mission trips to Cambodia.

    FUN FACT- Dr. Shanahan plays the cello and drives a motorcycle!

  • Dr. Nick Lavie
    Dr. Nick Lavie

    Dr. Lavie grew up in Covington, LA, where he was introduced to horses through pleasure riding. He attended Louisiana State University for undergraduate studies where he developed his passion for equine medicine by working in the veterinary research lab and teaching hospital. In the teaching hospital, he primarily worked in the equine intensive care/neonate unit and with the Diagnostic Imaging Department assisting with nuclear scintigraphy (“bone scans”). He then attended Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine where he and his wife graduated in 2014. Upon graduation, he did a 1-year equine medicine, surgery and reproduction internship at the prestigious Weatherford Equine Medical Center in Weatherford, Tx. Dr. Lavie joined Carolina Equine Hospital in 2021 after spending the last several years practicing large animal medicine in the Charlotte, NC area. Dr. Lavie has a special interest and a great deal of experience in equine lameness and sports medicine.  He also enjoys equine dentistry and reproduction work.

    In his free time, Dr. Lavie enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and dog. They enjoy hiking and backpacked the Inca Trail in Peru in 2019.  They hope to continue with more adventures abroad in the future.

    FUN FACT- In high school Dr. Lavie played the sousaphone and the saxophone!

  • Patricia Watson
    Patricia Watson
    Practice Manager

    Patricia spent 20 years in the small animal world, in both technical and managerial roles, before joining Carolina Equine Hospital in October 2019 as a part-time inventory manager.  Over the next six months, she became completely enamored with Carolina Equine Hospital’s team, culture and commitment to exceptional patient and client care.  She took on the role of full-time practice manager in April 2020.     

    Patricia has a Master of Science degree from Queen’s University in Canada, is certified as an Approved Veterinary Assistant through the National Association of Veterinary Technicians and is also certified in the human-animal bond by the Human-Animal Bond Research Institute/North American Veterinary Community.   

    In her spare time, Patricia leads two Girl Scout troops and enjoys spending time with her husband, two teenage children, two dogs and two cats.

    FUN FACT:  Patricia has a sand collection that contains samples from a variety of locations including Finland, Japan, Jamaica, Australia and Canada.  One Canadian sample comes from Canadian Forces Station Alert - the northern-most inhabited location in the world.

  • Kathryn (Kit) Oakes
    Kathryn (Kit) Oakes
    Facilities Manager

    Kit was born in Tightsqueeze, Va.  She grew up on a farm raising and showing American Saddlebreds.  She worked for White Oak Animal Clinic for 10 years and then transitioned to barn manager for Averett University Equestrian Studies program for 21 years.  She joined Carolina Equine Hospital in 2014 and is an invaluable member of our staff.

    She is married to her husband Johnny and shares her home with 2 horses, 11 cats, 2 parrots and various wildlife on their farm.  While not working Kit continues to provide a loving, nurturing environment for all animals she comes in contact with.

    FUN FACT- Kit puts out a whole cup of live mealworms a day for the wild birds. She has 23 mealworm farms in her house!

  • Ashley Helms
    Ashley Helms
    Client Services Representative

    Ashley joined the Carolina Equine Hospital team in November, 2015. A North Carolina native, Ashley attended Lee’s-McRae College in Banner Elk (GO BOBCATS!) where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Design. Ashley's special interests include fishing, weight lifting, shooting skeet and cheering on the Carolina Hurricanes with her boyfriend and two rescue cats, Posie and Hazel.

    FUN FACT- Ashley loves going dove hunting!

  • Joan Miles
    In Loving Memory - Joan Miles

    It is with great sorrow that the Carolina Equine Hospital team announces the passing of a beloved team member and receptionist, Joan Miles. We are all very saddened and heartbroken by her passing. Joan has been a prominent figure in the CEH team for almost 10 years. Her infectious smile, warm voice and unending quest to provide exemplary service for our clients, patients and staff over the years will truly be missed. She loved the opportunity to connect with people about their animals and her enthusiasm for her work showed daily. Her warm regard for her co-workers was second to none and her charming personality was a constant beacon of light in our office.

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