Dr. Rebecca Kramer took over ownership of Keswick Equine Clinic in 2013. She joined the team at Keswick Equine Clinic in November of 2005. Rebecca received her DVM from Colorado State University in 2004 and completed an equine field service internship at Colorado State University. She remained at CSU after her internship to perform clinical trials on equine vaccines.Dr. Kramer's clinical interests are broad and include lameness diagnosis and neonatal medicine.
When not driving from farm to farm in central Virginia, Dr. Kramer can be found riding in local and "A" rated jumper shows. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, Labradors and Jack Russell terriers and exploring the "hills" of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Virginia DeChant, DVM
A 2001 graduate of The Ohio State University, Dr. DeChant moved to Warrenton after graduation to begin practice, and has been in Virginia ever since. Her experience includes general equine ambulatory practice, being an equine consultant for a feed manufacturer, and even a few years as a cat and dog veterinarian. Her favorite part of work is getting to know the unique personality of each horse.
Outside of work, Virginia is very active in 4-H, volunteering at the Green Pastures program for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, and at her church. She and her husband, Larry, live next to the farm in Goochland where Larry works, raising thoroughbred yearlings and treating lay-ups. If you can find Virginia she is usually there making sure her horse Bodi is getting enough peppermints.
Brooks Vardell, DVM cVMA
Dr. Brooks Vardell is originally from Larchmont, New York. She received her degree in veterinary medicine from The Ohio State University after receiving a BA from Washington and Lee University in 2010 in English and Poverty and Human Capability Studies. Following vet school, Dr. Vardell completed a rotating equine internship at Littleton Equine Medical Center in Colorado. She is a certified acupuncturist through CuraCore Integrative Medicine & Education Centers and is a FEI Treating Veterinarian. Dr. Vardell enjoys lameness and emergency medicine as well as the use of her acupuncture.
Outside of work, Dr. Vardell and her husband, Trygve, can be found hiking with their dogs Tommy and Dr. Vardell's sidekick, Basil. Dr. Vardell grew up competing on the "A" circuit in the equitation and jumpers. She still enjoys competing in jumper shows with her mare, Holly.
Meet Your Support Staff
Rachel, Ellen, Ada and pictured below, newest member, Beth Morris
Beth Morris and her husband Jared
Our 4 ambulatory veterinarian team, available 24/7 is backed by a knowledgeable veteran office staff who will answer many of your routine questions and set up appointments.
Rachel HarrisonRachel has been a member of the Keswick Equine team since the beginning of time (1980). A Virginia native, she recently returned to The University of Virginia as a part-time student to receive a long-awaited degree in Business in 2005. Rachel manages the financial end of the office. Ellen WrennIn 1989, Ellen moved from Richmond, Virginia to Orange County to manage Hare Forest Farm, a Thoroughbred breeding operation. She has worked for Keswick Equine Clinic part-time since 2000 in addition to running her accounting business. She competed her horse on the A circuit in both the hunter and jumper divisions and is currently training her black lab Bella in agility.
Ada S. PattersonAda joined the support staff at Keswick Equine in October of 1999. Born in western Massachusetts, Ada moved to Maine when she was 19 and attended the University of Maine, where she graduated with a degree in animal science. She became a licensed veterinary technician in 1978. She spent several years practicing in small animal and mixed animal practice. In 1994, she moved to Virginia with her daughter Martha and a number of cats, dogs, and her horse. Since relocating, Ada worked in a small animal practice and as manager on both a Thoroughbred breeding farm and a dressage barn before starting employment at Keswick Equine. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her mare Phoenix, and hiking with her dogs.
Beth Morris joined us in October of 2014. Beth was born and raised in Madison County. She and her mother actively breed and train Welsh Pony crosses at Courtney Hollow Farm in Madison. She groomed and trained horses on the A circuit with Paul and Wendy Mathews for 5 year prior to joining Keswick Equine Clinic. Beth, her husband Jared, and sidekick Gideon (the dog) enjoy cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers in their spare time.