Dr. Apryle Horbal, President of VetNOW, is a Veterinary Medical Doctor, Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College – Equine and Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Horbal received her Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Biological Basis of Behavior in 2007 from the University of Pennsylvania. She then went on to qualify for her Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris, also from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. Upon completion of this veterinary degree, she went on to complete an internship in large animal medicine, surgery and ambulatory practice at Texas A&M University’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in 2012. Dr. Horbal completed a residency in Equine Dentistry at the University of Edinburgh from 2013-2016, where she also received her Master of Philosophy degree via research thesis into the infundibular defects of equine maxillary cheek teeth.
Upon completion of her residency program, Dr. Horbal returned to the United States, opening a small animal and equine emergency and referral center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was confronted with the global shortage of veterinary specialists, with an insufficient supply concentrated around cities and major universities, and the shortage of new veterinarians entering large animal practice. In an effort to resolve this issue, VetNOW was born. Dr. Horbal’s hospital served as the proving ground for the start of the VetNOW Virtual Care initiative, to perfect clinical workflows and implementation in a real-life busy veterinary hospital while setting and maintaining the highest of clinical standards.