Equine athletes of all kinds—from racehorses to hunters to family companions— in the Mid-Atlantic region will now have access to an enhanced sports medicine facility in the heart of Virginia horse country.

The renovation of the formerly open-air Fout barn into a state-of-the-art sports medicine facility, made possible by a generous gift from Suzanne and Glenn Youngkin of Great Falls, Virginia, expands the center’s capacity to provide cutting-edge diagnostics and treatment for lameness and other conditions that keep equine athletes from performing at optimal potential.

“We are very honored to play a small role in Virginia Tech’s big vision for integrated veterinary, farrier, and specialty care to enhance horse soundness and health,” said Suzanne Youngkin, a member of the Equine Medical Center (EMC) Advisory Council.

The clinic comprises four holding stalls, two comfortable waiting and observation areas, and a large open examination, diagnostic, and treatment area. There, specialists will employ an integrated approach to patient soundness, blending traditional medicine with complementary modalities, such as acupuncture and chiropractic care.

“This creates a unique health care model where specialists travel to the patient in the clinic, as opposed to the horse having to rotate between different specialists,” said Michael Erskine (DVM ’88), EMC director.

Services at the clinic will include complex lameness diagnosis, advanced imaging, nonsurgical and surgical treatments, rehabilitation, and development of best practices for athletic wellness in collaboration with owners, referring veterinarians, trainers, farriers, and other health professionals.