Meet Carolina Equine Hospital’s Newest Veterinary Intern, Dr. Melissa Sheppard!
Every year, Carolina Equine Hospital (CEH) welcomes two new veterinary interns to join the team for a year. Our interns are fully-licensed veterinarians and are pursuing an extra year of experience and mentorship before they move on to other positions. Interns are a great addition to our team, and while we miss them once they finish out the year with us, we know they are heading off to go make a difference in the lives of new clients and their animals.
In order to get to know Dr. Sheppard, Ashley took her by surprise while she was working in the pharmacy and told her she would need to provide information for a blog post.
Ashley – Where are you from, and where do you live now?
Melissa Sheppard – I am from Trinidad and Tobago, and I live in Reidsville now.
A- Where did you attend vet school?
MS- I attended vet school at the University of Florida in Gainsville, GO GATORS!
A- What do you like to do in your free time?
MS- I love spending time outdoors hiking or near the ocean, especially if I’m with my family, friends, boyfriend, or dog! I also love experiencing new place! That being said, I’ll seldom turn down a night at home on the couch!
A- What is your favorite food?
A – Please tell us an interesting fact about you
MS- A lot of people think they have the world’s best dog, but I ACTUALLY have the world’s best dog!
A – Now on to the work- related ones!
When did you develop your interest in horses?
MS- I started to ride at the age of 10, and never looked back. I rode mostly OTTB’s and spent a lot of time at the barns and the racetrack with the equine vet at home.
A – Do you have any of your own horses?
MS- I don’t but I definitely will once I’ve settled somewhere!
A – What made you want to spend a year interning at CEH?
MS- I visited for two weeks last summer and fell in love with it here. The doctors are all wonderful in their own way, have different interests (which makes for a great learning experience!), are compassionate, and have a passion for teaching.
A – What is one thing you feel is very important for horse owners to know about caring for horses?
MS- That preventative care can go a long way!
Dr. Melissa Sheppard 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.