Anna O'Brien, DVM

Anna O'Brien, DVM


Dr. Anna O'Brien

Anna O’Brien, DVM is a large animal veterinarian. A 2008 graduate of Purdue University, she currently works in Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C.

Her experience in ambulatory medicine across the countryside of rural central Maryland has focused on all four-legged farm animals, from cattle (both beef and dairy) to horses, pigs, goats, sheep, llamas, and alpacas, with the occasional zebra, camel, and primate from the local zoo thrown in for good measure.

Dr. O’Brien is also a freelance writer and has had articles published in numerous national magazines, including Dogs USAHorse IllustratedAlpacas MagazineEquine Journal, and Just Labs.

Recent Articles

The Wonderful and Weird World of Animal Racing
As we find ourselves smack in the middle of prime horse racing time with the last jewel of the Triple Crown, the Belmont, bearing down upon us, do you find yourself wondering what other types of races are out there? I can’t be the only one who ponders that. Here are some highlights of races with animals other than horses. Camel RacingIt’s no surprise that camel racing is a sport most popular...
The Will to Walk – Prosthetic Limbs for Horses
In recent news, there have been several heart-warming stories about dogs thriving with prosthetic limbs. No matter if their special needs come from congenital abnormalities or injuries, these pooches seemingly have no worries bouncing around partly on prostheses. But what about horses? Is there still truth to the maxim “no hoof, no horse?” Perhaps not. Several maladies outside of injury can...
A Peek at the 2015 Preakness Race
This Saturday is the Preakness, a thoroughbred horse race that is the second in a series of three races that make up the Triple Crown: the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont; all run within May and June every year. The Triple Crown is the epitome of horse racing — no other race or series of races comes close to the media coverage and hype each year. The winner of this year’s...
Girl Power – Women Veterinarians Can Be Strong Too
Clients who don’t know me very well frequently ask me how I manage my job as, you know, a woman — and a small woman at that. These questions usually present themselves after I’ve pulled a one hundred pound calf from a thousand pound cow or removed a shoe from a Clydesdale or vaccinated an irritated and morbidly obese llama. If you look carefully, there are actually two parts to this gender...
Honey is Great For Wound Care... But Which Honey?
A recent study from researchers at the University of Glasgow demonstrated that various types of honey have antimicrobial action and were effective in inhibiting growth of bacteria commonly found in equine leg wounds. Honey as an antiseptic agent isn’t a new thing, but has long been thought to be limited to only a certain type of honey, specifically manuka honey. Manuka honey is made by...
When Pregnancy is Toxic
When Pregnancy is Toxic
Pregnancy ain’t no joke, folks. It’s tough. Just imagine what a female’s body is asked to do: carry around a fetus (or two, or three, depending on what species of farm animal you are) for months at time while it gets bigger and demands increasing nutrients and space. Not only are you expected to maintain this baby, but you are also expected to maintain yourself. I just don’t know how...