Feature Graduate

Ward J. Phillips, DVM

I originally graduated from Meredith Manor in '83, with a RM III. I returned to further my education, and graduated in '85 with a RM IV. I also worked as a Summer Seminar instructor, and Supervisor for 3 summers. In '86, my wife Lynette, whom I met while she was a Meredith Manor student as well, and I returned as Co-Directors of the Public Lesson Riding Program. I was the Horse Health Director during this time as well. It was during this period that I became increasingly interested in the medicine aspect of the horse industry. With encouragement from Lynette, I began my pursuit of a career in Veterinary medicine.

I graduated from West Virginia University, with a B.S. in Animal & Veterinary Science, in '91, and was accepted to the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, in January '92. My senior year I was awarded a scholarship for the pursuit of excellence in equine orthapedic surgery. I graduated from UGA in '96, with a D.V.M. I went on to run a mixed animal practice in Lavonia, Georgia, for the next year, and I am currently practicing in McDonough, Georgia, as their primary equine veterinarian. I am a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

I had wanted to pursue a career with horses since I was a teenager, which led me to Meredith Manor after high school. My initial interest was farrier science, and the classes in farrier science at Meredith Manor provided a very strong understanding of conformation and anatomy. I went on to take Equine Breeding and teaching courses, which I excelled in and thoroughly enjoyed. With the variety of courses available, Meredith Manor provided a well-rounded education and foundation in the horse industry.

Meredith Manor was a great place to start down my path in the horse industry.

Ward J. Phillips, DVM

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I will never forget the ability Ron Meredith had to get inside a horse's head to understand the reasons for the horse's response to stimuli. I learned things at Meredith Manor that have carried me through an entire lifetime career with horses and ponies.
Marcia (Fleming) Yeager: 1969 Graduate