Becker College Faculty, Students, Assist in Care of Chincoteague Ponies

Published on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Early in his career, Nuno Carreiro, DVM, assistant professor of veterinary sciences at Becker College, spent nearly seven years practicing in a busy mixed-animal practice in Virginia.  While there he joined the team that provides veterinary care to the world-famous Chincoteague Ponies located on the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Since joining the faculty of the School of Animal Studies and Natural Sciences, Dr. Carriero has led trips to introduce Becker veterinary science students to this educational adventure.

This spring Dr. Carriero was accompanied by Tara Novack, director of the Veterinary Technology Program at Becker, and a group of students to assist in providing health care to the feral ponies in Assateague National Park, located on the eastern shore of Virginia. Veterinary care activities included preparing and administering vaccinations and deworming. Horses in need of wound and hoof care received treatment from a veterinary team. Students observed the record keeping process for the herd: photographing, microchipping, and tagging each individual in the herd.