Working to improve the soundness and well-being of your horse.
Working to improve the soundness and well-being of your horse.

Whitney VanWinkle, VMD

Dr. VanWinkle and Matease at the 2000 NSH Finals

Place of study

University of Pennsylvania

School of Veterinary Medicine

Philadelphia, PA


Internship in ambulatory medicine and surgery - Rhinebeck Equine, LLP

Rhinebeck, NY


Licensed since

2009 - NY

2010 - FL


Professional development

Dr. VanWinkle grew up in Sarasota, FL showing in the Arabian and National Show Horse circuits.  Her family also had Paso Finos which provided vast experience with gaited horses and their specific problems.  She attended the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania following her undergraduate education at Purdue University.  Dr. VanWinkle completed a one year, rotating internship at Rhinebeck Equine, LLP in Rhinebeck, NY.  During her internship, she worked under the guidance of three board-certified, equine surgeons and six ambulatory practitioners.

Dr. VanWinkle enjoys the time she gets to spend working with and educating clients.  Her interests include working with equine athletes on performance limiting problems and the use of different imaging modalities (digital ultrasound and radiology) to aid in diagnosis.  Getting riders back out on the trail or into the show ring is the best part of the job.


In her spare time, Dr. VanWinkle enjoys cooking, music, reading, and spending time with her own horse, a Thoroughbred, named Benjamin.

What is a VMD?  Most veterinary schools grant a DVM (doctor of veterinary medicine) degree to their graduates.  Graduates from the University of Pennsylvania receive a VMD (Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris - Latin for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine).  The reason for the difference in the degrees is due to the fact that the veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania was born out of the medical school; since the medical school awarded the Medicinae Doctoris (MD) degree, it was consistent to use a Latin format.

Gulf Coast Equine Veterinary Services Inc.


Whitney VanWinkle, VMD






Office Hours

Monday - Friday

8am - 5pm


Saturday & Sunday

Emergency services only*

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