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Owner, Philip D. van Harreveld, DVM, MS
Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgery

Dr. van Harreveld graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996.  In 1997, Dr. Phil completed a one year internship in Equine Medicine and Surgery at Kansas State University. In 2000, he completed an equine surgery residency at Kansas State University. In 2001, Dr. Phil was certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in equine surgery.  During his surgical residency, Dr. Phil received a Masters Degree in Veterinary Clinical Sciences from Kansas State University for research work in the field of equine joint and bone biomechanics. Dr. Phil's special interests include lameness examination, soft tissue and reproductive surgery, and the management of medical and surgical equine colic.


Associate, Elsa K. Ludwig, DVM, MS, CVA

Dr. Ludwig graduated form the University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. In 2013, Dr. Ludwig completed a one-year medicine and surgery internship at Vermont Large Animal Clinic and received her certification in veterinary acupuncture from the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Ludwig went on to complete a residency in large animal surgery at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. During her surgical residency, Dr. Ludwig received a Master of Science degree in Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences, with her research focused on equine septic arthritis. Aside from equine surgery, Dr. Ludwig's special interests include advanced equine dentistry, acupuncture, and surgical care of small ruminants and pet pigs.


Associate, Emilie Beaupré, DVM

Dr. Beaupré is a life long equestrian. She enjoys all facets of equine veterinary work. Her focus is on mare reproduction, integrative medicine (veterinary spinal manipulation and acupunctures), biomechanics/lameness, and preventative medicine. She received her veterinary degree from Colorado State University College (CSU) of Veterinary Medicine in 2005, her certification in veterinary acupuncture from CSU in 2005, and her certification in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy from The Healing Oasis, Sturtevant WI in 2008. Emilie has practiced in Northern Vermont since 2005 starting with her internship at Vermont Large Animal Clinic. When Emilie is not working, she enjoys riding her home bred Oldenberg Gelding "Beamer", breeding and raising a foal or two, and spending quality time raising and keeping up with her two boys Liam and Jack along with her husband Peter.


Associate, Amanda Spector, DVM

Dr. Spector grew up north of Baltimore, MD, where she participated in a variety of horse sports and was active in a local chapter of the United States Pony Clubs. While attending Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, she completed an externship at VLAC. After receiving her DVM in 2013, Dr. Spector completed an internship at a referral hospital near San Antonio, TX. She then returned to the northeast, joining an equine practice near Saratoga Springs, NY, where she focused on sports medicine and dentistry. She is excited to return to VLAC for the next chapter of her career in equine medicine. When not at work, Dr. Spector enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, especially with her husband, Peter, a Vermont native. You may also find her reading a book with their Siamese cat, Myron, purring on her lap.


Associate, Amber Goodwin, DVM

Dr. Amber Goodwin grew up riding horses on the north shore of Massachusetts. She competed in the hunters and equitation up to and through high school and received a scholarship to ride in college for Texas A&M University's Division 1 Equestrian Team. She earned her bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University in Animal Science in 2011, while also receiving 3 national championships with the equestrian team during her time in Texas. Amber was accepted to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012, and after a year at Ross University she transferred to Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine where she received her DVM in 2016. After completing her internship at VLAC, Dr. Amber joined the VLAC team as a full-time associate. Amber's interests include equine sports medicine, theriogenology, and alternative medicine. Amber has always had a deep love for animals and enjoys spending time with her dog Sophie (pictured), who she adopted during her time at Ross University in St. Kitts in the Caribbean.


2017-2018 VLAC Interns


Kara Wilson, DVM

Dr. Kara Wilson is originally from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and grew up riding dressage, hunter/jumper and three-day eventing with her horse Kolumb (pictured). She earned her bachelor's degree in biology from Dalhousie University in 2014 and earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island in 2017. Kara enjoys many aspects of veterinary medicine, but has a special interest in diagnostic radiology, anesthesiology and equine sports medicine. In her spare time she enjoys riding her horse, spending time with her dog Valentino, her cat Chloe and her family and friends. 


Elizabeth Forbes, DVM

Dr. Liz Forbes grew up in Nashua, New Hampshire and has been riding horses in New England since she was ten; from dressage training to rescue horse rehabilitation and everything in between. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut in Animal Science in 2013 and received her DVM from Oklahoma State University of Veterinary Health Sciences in 2017. Her professional interests include equine sports medicine, preventative care, and internal medicine. Outside of veterinary medicine, Liz loves hiking, traveling to the coast and mountains, and spending time with friends and family.


VLAC Support Staff


Practice Manager, Heather Aliquo

Heather is a Vermont native and graduate from the University of Vermont with her Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science with a minor in Business Management. Outside of work, Heather loves spending time outdoors gardening, pleasure riding, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.


Head Technician, Samantha Bigger, CVT

Sam came to VLAC in 2012 for a technician externship and has come back to fill the head technician position after completing her Associates in Veterinary Technology at Becker College in Massachusetts. She is a Vermont native and loves spending time outdoors with her dogs Lola and MJ. Sam also rides hunter jumper whenever she gets the opportunity.


Receptionist, Abby Brassard

Born and raised in Vermont, Abby found her love of horses over 15 years ago. Working at various horse stables over the years and ultimately knowing her future career path would be in the equine world; she attended and graduated from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMass Amherst with an Associates Degree in Equine Industries. In her spare time, she spends time with her wonderful horse Togi and lots of time outside with her border collie Finn.