Our Veterinarians

Dr. Keith Berkeley

DVM, Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Equine – Owner

Dr. Berkeley grew up in Columbia, South Carolina, the son of a college professor and registered nurse. After spending many summers helping his uncle, Dr. Ernest Benner, with his veterinary practice, he decided being a veterinarian is what he wanted to do. Dr. Berkeley attended Clemson University and earned his DVM in 1984 from Tuskegee University in Alabama. He returned to his uncle’s practice after graduation and has never left. He worked his way up from an internship, to an associate, to a partner, to his present role as practice owner.  

Dr. Berkeley enjoys all aspects of practice because there is a great deal of day to day variety in what he sees and does. He is particularly interested in equine lameness and reproduction work along with managing the practice. He is licensed to practice in West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Dr. Berkeley is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Veterinary Medical Association and the West Virginia Veterinary Medical Association.  

Dr. Berkeley is very involved in the community. He is a Rotary member and sits on the boards of Bank of Charles Town, WV University Hospital and Asbury Methodist Church.  

Dr. Berkeley lives on a farm outside of town with his wife, Laura, who is an elementary school teacher for hearing impaired children. Son, Preston, is pursuing an electrical engineering degree at Clemson University and daughter, Nell, is majoring in secondary education at WV Wesleyan College. Since Preston and Nell are away at school, Dr. Berkeley and his wife have plenty to do taking care of their animals, which include an Australian shepherd named Sassy and two house cats named Smokey and Stripe. Along with their house pets, the Berkeleys care for just a few more farm animals – five horses, three lambs and about 25 Texas Longhorn cows. 

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Dr. Francis Daniel III

DVM – Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Daniel was born in Sayre, Pennsylvania and moved to Jefferson County, WV at the age of twelve when his father, who was also a veterinarian, joined Dr. Ernest Benner’s equine practice. He knew at an early age that he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and care for large animals. Dr. Daniel received a BS degree from Virginia Tech in 1987 and his DVM from The Ohio State University in 1991 and joined Valley Equine upon graduation. He is licensed to practice in West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland and maintains membership in the American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Veterinary Medical Association and West Virginia Veterinary Medical Association.   

Dr. Daniel really enjoys his work as a veterinarian and is especially interested in racetrack medicine and equine reproduction. When he’s not working with patients, Dr. Daniel has an interest in Thoroughbred breeding and he currently serves on the board of the WV Thoroughbred Breeders Association. He also breeds Holstein cows and shows them at the WV State Dairy Show and the WV State Fair each year. Dr. Daniel and his family have been showing cattle for over 40 years. He lives in Charles Town with Stacey Hough and their children, Abigail and Carter, and is also the proud father of John, who lives in Boise, Idaho.

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Dr. Daniel Meagher

MS, DVM, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons – Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Meagher grew up in Davis, California. He graduated from University of Nebraska in 1997 and received his DVM from University of California, at Davis in 2001. He completed an internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky in 2002 and then completed his surgical residency and earned his MS degree at The Ohio State University in 2006.

Dr. Meagher is licensed to practice in West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and California.  He is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, American Veterinary Medical Association and West Virginia Veterinary Medical Association. He joined Valley Equine in August of 2006 and his primary focus in the practice is surgery and lameness.

Dr. Meagher lives in Charles Town with his wife, Tara, a small animal veterinarian and his children, Ethan, Mason, Claire and Elise. In his spare time, he coaches little league baseball and soccer.

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Dr. Aly Ainsworth

DVM – Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Ainsworth grew up in Charlottesville, VA where she rode and showed horses locally.  She received a BS degree from the University of Virginia in 2006.  While at UVA she played on the polo team and was very active in the polo club.  After graduation she moved to Wyoming and rode green horses for a local polo player before moving to Wellington, FL.  While working as a technician at Palm Beach Equine Clinic, Dr. Ainsworth realized that she wanted to become a veterinarian.  She received her DVM from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Vet Medicine 2012 and completed an internship at the Atlantic Veterinary College on Prince Edward Island in 2013.  She is licensed in West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland.  She is currently a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners. 

 

Dr. Ainsworth’s primary focus in the practice is lameness and reproduction.  She also has an interest in equine dentistry.   

 

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Dr. Sarah Carter

DVM – Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Carter is originally from Pickerington, Ohio and received a BS degree in zoology in 2008 and her DVM in 2012, both from Michigan State University. Dr. Carter has worked in mixed small and large animal practices, but found that she gravitated towards the large animals. She enjoys working with both horses and food animals and is particularly interested in preventive medicine and equine lameness. Dr. Carter is licensed to practice in West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland; she is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Association of Equine Practitioners. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her St. Bernard and two cats, drawing, and woodworking.

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