Horse health is our passion
Epona Equine Veterinary Services was opened in the Comox Valley in March 2013 by Dr. Andrea Plaxton. By the summer of 2015, demands for services had grown and Dr. Anne Marie Guillemaud joined the practice. On June 1st, 2019, Dr. Guillemaud purchased the practice from Dr. Plaxton, who has relocated to Victoria to be closer to family.
Epona Equine is able to offer farm call services from their base operations in the Comox Valley, as well as to communities on the North and West Island, several of the Gulf Islands, and Powell River.
Van Isle Veterinary Hospital serves as Epona’s hospital facility and is also a convenient medication pick-up and sample drop-off location for Comox Valley area clients. It is convenient that Van Isle has extended operating hours and is open 7-days-a-week,
Epona also works in partnership with Tsolum Mobile Veterinary Health, providing assistance with their equine clients.
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What’s in a name?
The word ‘Epona’ means ‘divine mare’ or ‘she who is like a mare’.
The goddess Epona was revered and worshiped by the ancient Celtic people as a loving protector of horses, donkeys, mules and other animals. Commonly represented as a horse figure, a mare and foal or as a woman on horseback, she was also a goddess of fertility, re-birth and abundance. Although originally a Celtic goddess, she was eventually accepted by the Romans who saw her more as a protector of their cavalry.
Photo credit: “Epona” by Rosemania – http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosemania/4121249698. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons –