Virginia Buechner-Maxwell, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Professor, Large Animal Internal Medicine
Veterinary Teaching Hospital - Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
"Case Puzzlers from the Past Year"
Dr. Buechner-Maxwell earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Goucher College and completed a master’s degree in cell and molecular biology in 1987 from University of Pennsylvania while simultaneously completing the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. She earned a second master’s degree in veterinary clinical medicine from the veterinary college in 1991 while concurrently completing residency training in equine internal medicine residency at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Virginia. She has been a faculty clinician in the Large Animal Hospital at Virginia Maryland since 1995. She has spent the last 27 years studying causes and treatments of equine recurrent airway obstruction (also known as equine heaves), and the characteristics that RAO-affected horses share with human asthmatics. Her clinical interests also include diseases of the newborn foal, treatment of skin diseases (including tumors) and care of the aging horse.
In 2016, Dr. Buechner-Maxwell was appointed director of the Center for Animal Human Relationships (CENTAUR). Prior to appointment, she served as a member of the center's advisory board starting in 2012 and earned an advanced certificate in Animal Assisted Therapy Activities and Learning from the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work in 2014. Since becoming CENTAUR’s director, she has developed courses that further veterinary students’ understanding of the animal human relationship, including aspects of shelter medicine, animal law and forensics, wildlife conservation, and animal cognition, behavior, and welfare. In 2020 Dr. Buechner-Maxwell also completed advanced training in Shelter Medicine, and is currently co-teaching a course on companion animal behavior and socialization with Dr. Erica Feuerbacher, who is nationally recognized for her research in shelter welfare. This course was offered for the first time in the fall of 2022, and is the first interdisciplinary course available to veterinary students and graduate students in the college of agriculture and life sciences.
- Equine asthma (COPD, RAO)
- Equine neonatal medicine
- Animal-human relationships