Carolina Equine Hospital has a growing team of expert equine health professionals dedicated to providing excellent service and care. As the needs of our clients grow, so too must our number of doctors. Please welcome our wonderful associate veterinarian, Dr. Julia Dietz!
In order to get to know Dr. Dietz, Ashley ambushed her as she was getting out of her vet truck.
Ashley – Where are you from, and where do you live now?
Julia Dietz – I was born in Hayward, Wisconsin, home of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame and the Lumberjack World Championships. I spent most of my adult life in Florida until I moved to Summerfield two years ago.
A- Where did you attend high school?
JD- I attended Booker Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School in Sarasota, Florida.
A- What do you like to do in your free time?
JD- In my free time I enjoy cooking, running trails, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
A- What is your favorite food?
JD- I love Thai food!
A – Please tell us an interesting fact about you Dr. Dietz!
JD – I used to play cello in a professional orchestra!
A – Now on to the work-related ones! When did you develop your interest in horses?
JD– As a teenager I had a summer job at a riding stable where I fell in love with my first horse, Ghost.
A – Do you have any of your own horses?
JD – Yes! An appendix mare and a paint gelding, both out of my horse, Ghost.
A – What made you want to work here with us at CEH?
JD – Honestly, there might be other hospitals as beautiful, other locations as pleasant, but it was the culture of teamwork that impressed me most. It fosters a wonderful environment for continuing education, raises the standards of patient care, and benefits a healthy personal life as well.
A- What kind of things does an equine chiropractor do?
JD- As an equine chiropractor, I work to relieve spinal restrictions and muscle pain (mostly in the neck, back, and hindquarters).
A- You do acupuncture on horses too! Tell us about that!
JD- Veterinary acupuncture is a technique for relieving pain and improving the function of various systems of an animal’s body via stimulation of the proper reflex points. These points are mainly located in the superficial muscles and skin.
A- What kind of things would a horse do that may mean he needs to have chiropractic work done?
JD- Restrictions can be caused by anything from routine training to falls, traumas, or compensating for a lameness.
A – What is one thing you feel is very important for horse owners to know about caring for horses?
JD– As veterinarians, we are here for injuries, illnesses, and emergencies, but we also love to participate in preventative care, educating owners about steps they can take to promote long, healthy, happy lives for their horses. Good communication between owners, trainers, veterinarians, and farriers is key to building a strong team for your horse!
A – What is your favorite part of your job?
JD – Being part of that winning team and getting to see a healthy horse load up and trailer home!
Dr. Julia Dietz joins a team of providers at Carolina Equine Hospital that is passionate about equine health. From routine check-ups and vaccinations to reproductive services and acupuncture, CEH has the equipment, experience, and expertise to provide the best care possible for your horse. If your horse needs medical services or you would simply like to schedule a routine check-up, you can request an appointment online.