The veterinarian

Meet the vet!

Dr. Commerford knew from a very early age that she would become a veterinarian. She worked as a veterinary technician at North Carolina State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital during her entire undergraduate career as well as during her first three years of veterinary school. This allowed her to develop numerous clinical skills as well as invaluable experience from being in a referral center. Following graduation from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010, she worked with a board certified small animal surgeon in an emergency practice in SE Alabama. To further develop her equine skill set she obtained a position as an equine medicine and surgery intern at Louisiana State University. Following conclusion of her internship she has worked with dogs, cats and horses in both general daytime practices as well as emergency hospitals.

Frustrated by some of the limitations of western medicine she decided to pursue training in veterinary chiropractic and veterinary acupuncture. She completed chiropractic training with Options for Animals and acupuncture training at the Chi Institute in 2015. She offers both traditional western medicine and integrative veterinary care such as veterinary chiropractic, veterinary acupuncture and herbal medicine to dogs, cats and horses. Dr. Commerford has a thirst for knowledge and has completed several publications and research projects, some of which are listed at the bottom of this page. Dr. Commerford also regularly works for several specialty and emergency hospitals providing emergency care for companion animals which allows her to maintain a high level skill set. 

As the spouse of an active duty military service member Dr. Commerford understands the unique demands placed upon military families as well as vaccination and microchip requirements for living on Fort Bragg with pets and export requirements when PCS’ing with pets to places such as Hawaii, Japan and Germany. She is able to assist you in making sure you pet has everything they need to meet on post requirements and to make sure your OCONUS PCS with your furry family members is smooth. Since every family is unique Dr. Commerford schedules both mobile clinics for low cost veterinary care for those families where cost is the top concern as well as convenient home visits for people that prioritize for convenience. Home visits are ideal for people with multiple pets, pets that do not travel well, pets that are fearful at a veterinary hospital, owners that have trouble getting around and mothers with small children.

Dr. Commerford believes veterinary care should be customized to each individual patient. Her goal is to provide high quality, high value veterinary care in the convenience of your home or barn and at our mobile clinics. By maintaining the practice as a small one doctor practice she is able to ensure you and your pets see the same veterinarian each time. This allows her to get to know her patients and their owners so she can provide personalized care and familiarity for excellent continuity of care. This sets her apart from the larger brick and mortar practices where you may not see the same veterinarian each time and the corporate mobile clinics that using a bidding system to retain veterinarians and thus it is impossible to establish a relationship with the veterinarian if you have follow up questions about your pet.

 

As a lifelong equestrian Dr. Commerford understands what it takes to keep a horse feeling their best throughout their lifetime. She will work with you to develop a plan to keep competition horses performing their best while also reducing their risk of injury. If you have a retired or pleasure horse she can develop a program to keep your horse comfortable and enjoying their lifestage. 

Dr. Commerford's family had German Shepherds when she was growing up and she developed a strong interest in competition obedience and rally during veterinary school. This made her pay close attention to the demands placed on working dog's bodies and those that perform repetitive or high impact tasks such as agility, flyball and obedience dogs. Fortunately there are pro-active steps owners can take to reduce the risk of injury and if injury should occur, to help them return to work or the show ring.   

Dr. Commerford and her husband after he returned from his first deployment.

Dr. Commerford and her husband after he returned from his first deployment.

 

PUBLICATIONS
Close, K. (2012) Severe segmental colonic stricture in a 1-month old TB colt. Compend.
contin. Educ. vet. 34; no 6                                                                                                                                                                                     
Close, K., Sherlock, C., and Epstein, K. (2011) A retrospective study comparing the
outcome of horses undergoing small intestinal resection and anastomosis with a single
layer (lembert) or double layer (simple continuous and cushing) technique. Abstract
presented at the 10th International Equine Colic Research Symposium July 26-28, 2011.
Indianapolis, Indiana. Published in 2014.Vet Surg. 43; 471-8.                                                                                                              
Close, K., Gerard, M., Davidson, G., and Schramme, M. (2011) Successful treatment of
infectious (Salmonella Type III: 44) polyarthritis and osteomyelitis in a 4-week-old foal.
Equine vet. Educ. 23; 121-126                                                                                                                                                                             
Close, K. (2010) Fighting the war against parasite resistance. The Chronicle of the
Horse. 15, 34-37.                                                                                                                                                                                                      
VETERINARY RESEARCH
Retrospective analysis of factors influencing the diagnosis and outcome in foals with
suspected bacteremia, septic arthritis and/or osteomyelitis: 110 cases May 2009-May
2010
Mathew Gerard, BVSc, PhD, DACVS, Clinical Associate Professor of Equine Surgery
● Collected pertinent clinical data from medical records and organized in spreadsheets for
statistical analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Effects of the novel anti-inflammatory drugs robenacoxib and AHI-805 on recovery of
ischemic injured equine jejunum ex vivo May 2008-
June 2008
Anthony Blikslager, DVM, PhD, DACVS, Professor of Equine Surgery
● Harvested control and ischemic jejunum to measure trans-epithelial electrical resistance
and mucosal-to-serosal flux of 3H-mannitol                                                                                                                                            
Use of ultrasound to evaluate outcome following colic surgery for equine large colon
volvulus 2006-2008
Anthony Pease, MS, DVM, DACVR, Assistant Professor of Radiology
● Performed sequential post-operative transcutaneous ultrasound examinations to obtain
measurement of ventral colon wall thickness in order to determine if there is a correlation
between colon wall involution time and morbidity/ mortality