Steele Equine Veterinary - About Us
Steele Equine Veterinary Services & Performance Horse Center is known and respected for its exceptional services, diagnoses, and treatment of horses. It has an ever growing and impressive reputation for the equine services provided. Founded in 1998, Steele Equine (formerly known as Ridge Large Animal Veterinary Services) provides unsurpassed Veterinary services.
From its inception, Steele Equine’s work has been grounded on one primary vision – to create a specialty Veterinary facility offering innovative diagnostic, performance horse, surgical, reproductive, and rehabilitative services in Hardee County and surrounding areas, as well as providing an engaging learning/training environment for aspiring Veterinarians from youth to advanced Veterinary students.
Liz Steele, DVM
Dr. Liz Yelvington Steele graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She completed an externship in a feedlot practice in Greely, Colorado and another externship in a performance horse practice in Pilot, TX. Liz was honored with a large animal surgery award in veterinary school and a rural animal medicine proficiency award in veterinary school along with a scholarship given to Veterinary students for displaying a "kind - positive attitude" at all times. She has been an associate for Ridge Large Animal since 2006. Liz and her husband TJown and manage Steele Equine formerly known as Three Oaks Equine Reproductive Facility in Zolfo Springs, FL. Liz also serves as a Courtesy Assistant Professor for the University of Florida through which she offers externships in our practice for credit towards a DVM degree for UF's College of Veterinary Medicine. Liz currently serves as the Chair of the Animal Health Committee for the Florida Cattleman's Association. Liz's special interests are equine lameness, and performance horse medicine, equine reproduction, and bovine medicine. Dr. Liz is passionate about faith and family. She wholeheartedly believes that Jesus is the ultimate Physician and she was put here to work for Him. She prioritizes her time with her husband TJ and their two sons Colton and Ty.
STEPHANIE Kirchman, DVM
Stephanie Kirchman graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in May, 2015. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science from University of Florida in 2011. Stephanie is a native Floridian from Belle Glade, FL. She graduated valedictorian in 2007 from Pahokee High School. As an undergraduate student, Stephanie studied abroad in Africa and was active in clubs including Block and Bridle, Gator Collegiate Cattlewomen’s, and the Dairy Science Club. While in Veterinary school, she has served as president of the Food Animal Club and an AABP student delegate, as well being an active member of the equine club-SCAAEP. Stephanie enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as riding her Florida Cracker Horse and Paso Finos. She also has two dogs, Gator and Lucky.
TJ STEELE, CERTIFIED EQUINE DENTAL TECHNICIAN/CERTIFIED JOURNEYMAN FARRIER
TJ Steele was raised around horses his entire life. As a youth, he started rodeoing, riding bulls and competing in steer wrestling events. TJ attended Edison Community College. Subsequently, he served in the US Marine Corp for 4 years where he earned the rank of E-5 Sergeant. In 2007, he completed farrier school and is an American Farrier Association Certified Journeyman Farrier. Currently, he competes nationally and demonstrates his highly skilled farrier work. TJ was the “Blacksmith Buddy” coordinator for 2015/2016 in conjunction with the student chapter of the AAEP University of Florida CVM program where Veterinary students and farriers learn the importance of working as a team for the benefit of the horse. Furthermore, TJ attended the Academy of Equine Dentistry for two years in Idaho and is a Certified Equine Dentist.
BRITTANY MERCER, OFFICE MANAGER
Brittany Mercer joined our team in 2010. Growing up with a plethora of animals, she recognized her passion and knew that she wanted to work within the industry. Brittany is working towards obtaining her BA in Agriculture Business Management and hopes to establish and build her own herd of cattle in the near future. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, fishing, hunting and riding her horses.
Shelby Albritton, Veterinary Technician/Office Assistant
Being a Hardee County local, Shelby Albritton is no stranger to southern hospitality. Shelby had the pleasure of being raised in an agriculturally active environment, where she gained an appreciation for the Florida agriculture and a love for cattle. She currently owns a small herd of cattle and is learning firsthand about Florida's cattle industry. In her off time, Shelby can be found baking with her easy-bake oven, saltwater fishing with family, and enjoying life's many pleasures with her bloodhound (Louise) and bluetick (Virgil).
Alex Swain, Veterinary Technician
A native of Highlands County, Alex Swain grew up in Venus, FL. In 2012, she graduated from the University of Florida with B.S. in Animal Science. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Agri-Business through Kansas State University. Alex’s favorite part her job is getting to learn something new every day. She has always loved working with large animals and finds it very rewarding. Outside of work, Alex enjoys spending time with her family and friends while doing outdoor activities.
Stephanie Bauch, Equine Patient Manager
A Florida native, Stephanie always knew that animals were her first love. Horses being at the top of the list. Stephanie has owned her own horses starting 20 years ago and has worked at show barns in Florida, as well as Georgia. When she was not working in the equine industry, she was the production manager of an engineering company. During that time, Stephanie obtained an A.S. Degree in Agricultural Sales and Service, with the Equine Management option, from Dickinson State University. Currently she has two horses, a pony, four dogs, and a new kitten. Stephanie shares her love of animals with her beautiful daughter, Chevi, and husband, Chad.