Horse dental care = learning experience

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Dr. Kelly Stoneburner of Westwood Animal Hospital slips a speculum into place within Rocco’s mouth as senior Tori Prevette of Buffalo Gap High School observers while shadowing her. The device will keep the horses mouth open while Stoneburner smooths down the surface of the animals teeth, also called floating, during a house call to Cedar Creek Stables in Staunton on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015.

“A lot of veterinarians invested a lot of time in letting me shadow them and learn from them,” says Stoneburner, “so it’s nice to be able to give back and let others learn as well because this is a profession where there needs to be a lot of teaching and learning that happens.”

(Photos by Mike Tripp / The News Leader)

Photographer’s Note: This series of photos came about on a day I was simply looking for a feature photo. It was found after another possible set of photos fell through. Not wanting to go home empty-handed, I visited a neighboring stable to see if anything was going on there and discovered the veterinarian making a house call.

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