Immense knowledge of equine health issues and an equally remarkable willingness to share their know-how distinguish the newest inductees to the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame. Ted Stashak, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, professor of veterinary medicine at Colorado State University, and J.D. Wheat, DVM, professor of equine surgery at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, were recently elected for their accomplishments in the hall’s research and teaching category. Stephen O’Grady, DVM, MRCVS, a farrier turned veterinarian in The Plains, Va., was honored for his achievements in the practicing veterinarian category of the annual awards program sponsored by American Farriers Journal.
O’Grady worked as a farrier for 10 years and apprenticed under the guidance of International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame farrier Joseph Pierce in West Chester, Pa. O’Grady then attended veterinary school, and after graduating worked for two years in Cape Town, South Africa. He returned to practice for five years at Georgetown Equine Hospital in Charlottesville, Va., before opening his own practice, devoted to equine podiatry. O’Grady has authored numerous articles on equine podiatry and lectured extensively on equine foot problems at shoeing and veterinary clinics around the world.
Stashak also emphasizes the importance of equine podiatry in his work as a professor at Colorado State. He is the editor of the popular book Adam’s Lameness In Horses and author of Horse Owner’s Guide to Lameness. Stashak stresses cooperation between veterinarians, farriers and horse owners for the good of all concerned, and Hall of Fame voters noted his willingness to communicate and accept input from farriers and horse owners.