New mobile equine veterinary service opens

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot
Dr. Shannon Oliver keeps three horses at home. Crossfire is a National Show Horse, now an established breed as a cross of Arabian and American Saddlebred.

A veterinary practice catering to horses has just opened in the Greencastle area. Dr. Shannon Oliver is the owner of Century Equine Veterinary Services LLC. Her mobile unit, packed with equipment, means owners do not have to trailer their horses to seek medical attention. Oliver will come to them. She is focusing on the territory within an hour radius of Greencastle.

Oliver does basic wellness examinations, vaccinations, dentistry, reproduction, lameness and prepurchase exams, ophthalmology and emergency care. She handles lab work, minor surgery, and will work with a farrier. Portable equipment means in the field diagnostics through ultrasound and radiography.

The Dinwiddie County, Va. native graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in animal and poultry sciences with an equine emphasis. She then attended the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, earning her DVM in 2012. She also interned for a year to gain practical experience.

Oliver's love of the grand steed began as a child.

"My parents would take me along to a garden center, but I was more interested in the horses in the field behind it," she said.

She began riding lessons at age eight, and kept advancing in skills, branching out into showing, even through college.

"I realized I wanted to work with horses and preferred the health side, compared to training," said Oliver, 27.

She met her future husband, Dr. Dan Oliver, while at school. He practices at Greencastle Veterinary Hospital, as does her father-in-law, Dr. Alan Oliver.

Century Equine Veterinary Services is based at 9587 Browns Mill Road. The phone number is 717-360-6035.