True North Equine Veterinary Services
Devoted to improving the health and well-being of equine patients, from backyard companions to elite athletes of all disciplines, using integrative medicine.
True North Equine is a collaborative effort between Dr. Hancock of former Rectortown Equine Clinic, Dr. Megan Mathias, and Dr. Lynne Johnson of Commonwealth Equine Medical & Dental Services. We offer the best methods of conventional and complementary medicine to enhance performance, improve quality of life, and foster the horse-rider bond. We strive to go beyond a strictly business relationship by welcoming owners and their horses into our practice family. We operate with utmost integrity and open-mindedness, and clients can trust that in our practice, the well-being of the horse always comes first.
Ann-Marie Hancock, DVM, EDO
Ann-Marie Hancock was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California, where she was active in Pony Club and competed in lower level three day eventing horse trials. Ann-Marie completed her studies at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, graduating with a BS in Equine Science, an MS in Anatomy and Neurobiology and a DVM in 2003.
Dr. Hancock purchased Rectortown Equine Clinic in 2013 and after several successful years decided to embark on a new endeavor. She relocated the practice to Marshall, Virginia where she intends to build a new facility and changed the practice name to True North Equine Veterinary Services. The clinic will be a hub for the team of practitioners supporting equines in any life stage or discipline, providing a convenient, clean, and friendly work environment for dentists, farriers, saddle fitters, massage therapists, etc.
Megan Mathias, DVM
Megan Mathias grew up in a small town in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia trail riding and competing in local shows with her pony. Megan attended Bridgewater College in Harrisonburg, VA where she obtained her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Equine Studies. From there, she moved to Raleigh, NC to attend North Carolina State University where she obtained her DVM degree in 2014. Following graduation, she completed a one year medical and surgical equine internship at Woodside Equine Clinic in Ashland, VA.
Megan has spent the past two years working at a mixed animal practice in North Carolina seeing all kinds of interesting cases, but she realized that her veterinary passion lies with horses and decided to return to equine practice. Her veterinary interests include ophthalmology, general health and wellness, wound management, and emergency work. She is extremely excited to be joining Ann-Marie at TNEVS and to have relocated back to her family’s beautiful orchard in Markham. In her spare time, she enjoys trail riding her Arabian gelding, Dexter, hiking with her Golden Retriever ,Raylan, and traveling the country!