When Tony Benvenuto and Janet Lewis sought treatment for their miniature mare's dislocated hip joint, the staff at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine's Veterinary Teaching Hospital were up to the challenge.
Ginger, the 2-year-old pregnant mare, also had a secondary injury - a locked stifle joint and was in pain. Veterinarians performed a femoral head ostectomy on the horse, a surgery more commonly performed on dogs, and one that's relatively rare for a horse. Surgery was successful and fixed both problems.
Benvenuto and Lewis, who only weeks before were afraid that Ginger might have to be euthanized, named her foal "Miss Virginia Tech" in appreciation for the successful outcome and veterinary care they received.http://www.vetmed.vt.edu/vth/