Brandywine Equine Veterinary Associates was founded in 2006. As our name indicates, we are exclusively an equine practice. All of Brandywine Equine’s personnel own horses themselves or have worked alongside them for most of their lives. We understand the special relationship that horse owners have with their animals, as well as the specific needs of equine athletes. We are committed to providing the same compassionate and quality care to all of our patients as we would give to our own animals, and treating our clients as we would hope to be treated if we were in their place.
We strongly believe in providing veterinary care to our patients where they are the most comfortable- at their home farm. We know that this practice significantly reduces the stress involved in veterinary procedures, reduces complications, and improves treatment outcomes. Our ambulatory vehicles are outfitted to handle the wide variety of veterinary conditions that we can diagnose and treat at the farm.
Our company philosophy goes beyond our standard of excellent, caring, and reliable service that we provide for our customers. Our company and individual staff members are also actively involved in promoting the overall well-being of horses and other large animals, and our community. These efforts are carried out by our company through our annual Charitable Challenge, through sponsorship of welfare-oriented groups and individuals, and through our educational outreach programs.
Maria Wright, DVM
Infectious Disease Control
Dr. Wright was one of the original founding veterinarians of Brandywine Equine Veterinary Associates. She grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota. She started riding at a young age and soon was competing with her Quarter Horse in 4-H and regional western, hunter, and dressage shows. By high school she was competing successfully on the national AQHA circuit, and she achieved numerous high placings at the AQHA Youth World Championship Show and the Quarter Horse Congress. Dr. Wright has experience with a diverse range of equine breeds and disciplines which was gained through traveling around the country with her own horses during her years in college and veterinary school. Some of the highlights were training at an AQHA/NRHA Champion breeding and training facility, boarding at Canadian Equestrian Team member Harold Chopping’s farm in North Carolina, a Saddlebred show horse stable in Ohio, and a Champion Morgan Horse breeding and training farm, and interning at a Standardbred racetrack in Ohio.
These days Dr. Wright focuses her time on caring for her patients, training the BLM Mustang that she adopted as a yearling (“Vegas”), trail riding, competing in local western shows, and schooling dressage at home. She also shares her home with Shetland pony “Doodlebug,” who is a constant source of entertainment, a good hiking partner, and most recently a skijoring team-mate! Dr. Wright volunteers with Chester County’s branch of the Pennsylvania Animal Response Team, a part of our region’s emergency response network. Dr. Wright’s other passions include gardening, playing the violin, and singing in a local choir. Her husband Robert, a neuroengineering research scientist, sometimes joins her during after hours emergency veterinary calls. Together they also enjoy hiking, camping, skiing, scuba diving, and rooting for the Duke basketball team!
Julia Miller, VMD
Delaware Valley University 2009
University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine VMD 2013
Pilchuk Veterinary Hospital, Snohomish WA, Equine Internship 2014
Dr. Miller joined Brandywine Equine in 2017. She grew up in Media, PA and started riding, showing, and training horses at a young age. She and her sisters (who are both also still involved in our local equine community) began their equine experiences through the Delaware County 4H, and graduated to horse ownership and local hunter/jumper competition soon after. Dr. Miller stayed close to home through college and veterinary school and continued to be active in the southeastern PA equine community throughout that time, including spending a few years as a part-time veterinary assistant at New Bolton Center before she became enrolled there as a veterinary student. She then moved to Washington State to complete an intensive internship at a large equine hospital there, before settling back down on the East Coast a few years ago.
Dr Miller loves all aspects of equine veterinary medicine, especially preventative health care, emergency medicine, anesthesia, lameness, and dentistry. Her positive character and passion for helping horses fits right in with the philosophy of the rest of our team here at Brandywine Equine. Besides her time helping our patients, she enjoys riding her warmblood mare “Madison,” and spending time with her husband Josh, her family, and her two dogs.
Xena Colasante, Veterinary Assistant
Xena grew up in Newtown Square, PA. She started working with horses and farm animals through the Delaware County 4-H Program, eventually becoming a riding instructor. She rode and volunteered at Thorncroft’s Therapeutic Equestrian Center prior to and during college. Xena earned a degree in accounting from Widener University, and worked as a corporate accountant before joining Brandywine Equine as Office Manager in 2011. She has become an AAEVT Certified Equine Veterinary Assistant during her time with Brandywine Equine. She spends her working time primarily in our office, and is well known and loved by our established clientele. She is a very caring and skilled member of our team!
Shortly after starting in the veterinary field, Xena bought her Quarter Horse “Jester.” She enjoys competitive trail riding, paper chases, and exploring local parks with him. Xena also enjoys traveling, gardening, target shooting, and hiking with her husband and her dogs.
Desiree Stoltzfus, Veterinary Assistant
Desiree grew up in the heart of Chester County horse country, participating with her grandfather in fox hunting with the Cheshire Foxhounds. She worked as an exercise rider in a local steeplechase/fox hunting stable and competed in steeplechases and hunter/jumper events herself during high school. Desiree then set aside her passion for horses for 16 years in order to focus on her family, raising two fantastic kids!
Horses are once again a huge part of Desiree’s life. She and her family currently own two Thoroughbreds and two miniature horses, as well as a menagerie of other animals. She competes in local hunter/jumper competitions with her Thoroughbred, and fun miniature horse shows with her minis. Desiree is also a great humanitarian- her philanthropic activities include volunteering with local aid organizations and frequent mission trips to Guatemala. She joined Brandywine Equine in 2013, and her compassionate spirit and love for animals make her a great member of our team!
Melinda Weaver, Veterinary Assistant
Mindy grew up on the edge of Lancaster County, PA. She attained her excellent equine skills as a working student at a local lesson stable, where she still spends time as a trainer and horse care manager. Through her horse career, Mindy has competed in local hunter/jumper and dressage shows. She currently owns a Haflinger, “Daisy.” They enjoy trail riding and they are almost unbeatable in the gymkhana events at fun horse shows!
Mindy started with Brandywine Equine in 2014. She primarily assists our veterinarians at appointments with patient care. She is an incredibly hard worker and is very dedicated to our patients, and we are very proud that Mindy earned her certification as an AAEVT Equine Veterinary Assistant last year. She keeps herself busy with horses outside of her position at Brandywine Equine, and also enjoys reading, gardening, and team sports.
Alice Bayless, Veterinary Assistant
Alice grew up in Wilmington, Delaware and has ridden and been active in the southeastern PA equine community most of her life. Alice is currently working on completing her undergraduate education.. she has taken coursework in equine studies and is now working on a business degree. She held positions in local equine business as well as experience as a veterinary assistant at a small animal hospital and at New Bolton Center. She joined our team at Brandywine Equine in 2017.
Alice splits her time at Brandywine Equine, with many responsibilities in the office and also assisting our doctors with patient care. Outside of work, she spends most of her time caring for her Thoroughbred mare “Fin” and trying to keep her dogs out of trouble. She enjoys hiking, reading, and gardening.
Our providers are proud members of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the American Veterinary Medical Association.