Dr. Steve O’Grady is both a veterinarian and a professional farrier. He learned the farrier trade through a formal three year apprenticeship under “Hall of Fame” farrier, Joseph M. Pierce, of West Chester, Pennsylvania and then practiced as a professional farrier for 10 years. He then returned to school, attended Haverford College and went on to graduate from the University of Pretoria, Faculty of Veterinary Science in South Africa with a DVM Degree. He currently operates Virginia Therapeutic Farriery in Keswick, Virginia which is a referral practice devoted to equine foot disease and therapeutic farriery. Here he combines his skills as a veterinarian and a farrier to better understand and treat problems of the foot. He also operates a consulting service where he travels worldwide to treat complicated podiatry cases. He has published 33 peer-reviewed papers in the veterinary literature, numerous papers in the farrier literature, written 18 book chapters and edited two editions of Veterinary Clinics of North America on equine podiatry and therapeutic farriery – all resulting from his extensive work in equine podiatry. He is currently in the process of editing a textbook on Farriery to be published in 2017. In 2003, he was inducted into the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame and in 2009; he received the AAEP President’s Award for his work in farrier education.
Dr. O’Grady joined Palm Beach Equine Clinic during the 2015-2016 winter seasons as a consultant in therapeutic farriery. This unique service, based on Dr. O’Grady’s forty years of farriery experience, is available to veterinarians and farriers for their client’s horses with any foot problem, foot related lameness or farriery related issues. The service will be on a consultation basis only with the veterinarian and or the farrier, therefore, this concept does not present any type of competition to the client’s present attending farrier. Dr. O’Grady is also available to provide a second opinion on lameness cases involving the foot, complicated farriery cases and foot / farriey issues related to foot radiographs acquired during pre-purchase examinations.
Periodic seminars / clinics on various foot topics of interest to veterinarians and farriers will be held at Palm Beach Equine Clinic during the show season.