Philip van Harreveld, DVM, MS, DACVS-LA

Before joining Merck Animal Health, Dr. van Harreveld practiced as an equine veterinary surgeon for more than 22 years. He pioneered the first equine referral hospital in Vermont, which he founded and operated for over two decades.

In addition to handling the hospital’s field cases, he managed the in-house medical and surgical case load. He considers his favorite accomplishment to be the training of more than 18 veterinary interns with whom he still stays in contact and provides support on a regular basis.

Dr. van Harreveld received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University, and his master’s degree and surgical board certification from Kansas State University. He joined the Merck Animal Health equine veterinary professional services team in 2022.

“For me, being unconditional means supporting the prosperity of the equine profession so that the upcoming generation can create a life-work balance that ensures their professional future and the ongoing care of the horse.”

Dr. van Harreveld has contributed to several published research articles, including:

  • Ludwig EK, van Harreveld PD. “Equine wounds over synovial structures.” Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract. 2018;34(3):575-590.
  • van Harreveld PD, Lillich JD, Kawcak CE, Gaughan EM, McLaughlin RM, DeBowes RM. “The effects of immobilization and re-mobilization on the function of the equine metacarpophalangeal joint.” Am J Vet Res; 2002;63(2):282-288.
  • van Harreveld PD, Cox JH, Biller DS. “Phenylephrine HCl as a treatment of nephrosplenic entrapment in a horse.” Equine Vet Educ. 1999;11(6):282-284.
  • van Harreveld PD, Gaughan EM, Valentino LW. “A retrospective analysis of left dorsal displacement of the large colon treated with phenylephrine hydrochloride and exercise in 12 horses.” N Z Vet J. 1999;47(3):109-111.

Areas of Interest

  • Sports medicine and lameness
  • Reproductive surgery
  • Management of medical and surgical equine colic
  • Infectious disease, preventive care, and vaccinology