About Us...

TORI MILLER-McLEOD

     

Tori has owned and managed equines and other livestock for over 35 years. In addition to co-owning 4HFES and NCSMART, LLC and NC EAST, along with being the Executive Director of SHR, with her husband, she is currently a full-time career Captain in a Public Safety E-911 (emergency communications center) and a Large Animal Technical Rescue instructor within the North Carolina community college system.  


In addition to her career and businesses, she is also an Assistant Instructor for Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue, Inc. (www.tlaer.org), certified NC REINS (North Carolina Regional Equine Information Network System) educator, certified Fire Emergency Services and Criminal Justice General Instructor, certified Emergency Telecommunicator Certification Instructor, certified local Communications Unit Leader (COML) working on All Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT) COML state credentialing, an Equine Cruelty Investigations Instructor and Investigator, certified Chemical Immobilization Technician, and a volunteer member of the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - Field Investigations Response (ASPCA-FIR) team.  She previously spent several years as a small and large animal veterinary assistant/technician, equine facility manager, and Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic and volunteered with a local fire department assisting with rescue calls.  


Tori has been training and instructing in the specialty of large animal technical emergency rescue and equine cruelty investigations since 2001.  Tori continues to advance her education training in 911 Emergency Communications and Fire/Rescue fields as well as equine management and strives to improve upon the current large animal rescue protocols and techniques, as well as the rehabilitation and recovery of neglected and abused equines, based on the education and training she obtains. 


When she is not striving to expand her knowledge base, she enjoys advancing through the levels of Natural Horsemanship training, spending time with her family, horses and dogs, and travelling.  



JUSTIN McLEOD


Justin met Tori in 2006, and that is where his love and understanding of horses truly began. He had previously worked with cattle and crops on his uncle’s farm and had ridden horses but never really had any formal training or experience. 


Along with Tori, he co-owns 4HFES and NCSMART, LLC and NC EAST, as well as being a Board of Directors member with SHR.


He currently is a career Lieutenant with the Fire / Rescue Service and an Emergency Medical Technician working full time with a local multifaceted fire department, along with being a Large Animal Technical Rescue instructor within the North Carolina community college system.  He also volunteers with other local fire and rescue departments. 


 Justin, like Tori, is an Assitant Instructor with TLAER Inc., as well as being a certified Fire Emergency Services Instructor.  He has been training and instructing in the specialty of Large Animal Technical Rescue since 2006 and has numerous certifications in all aspects of the fire and rescue service.  


He is also a certified Equine Cruelty Investigator, certified Chemical Immobilization Technician, an animal services euthanasia technician, and a volunteer member of the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - Field Investigations Response (ASPCA-FIR) team. Justin continues to develop and improve upon his horsemanship skills through the study of Natural Horsemanship and learning from other well versed equine professionals.


When Justin is not involved in any of the above, he can often be found doing things around the family farm, hunting and fishing, at the shooting range, or travelling with family and friends.  

About Our Veterinary Advisor...

LISA KIVETT, DVM MS DACVIM

Dr. Lisa Kivett grew up in Kinston, North Carolina where she enjoyed riding hunter/jumpers and dressage horses. Lisa attended NC State University for undergraduate studies, pursuing a degree in Animal Science. After completing three years of undergraduate training, Lisa was admitted early to the College of Veterinary Medicine at NC State University.

During veterinary school, Lisa was an active member of many organizations, co-founded a student chapter of the Society for Theriogenology (veterinary reproduction) and served as president of the student chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, where she implemented many new programs and founded the “youth horseman’s day” which is an ongoing event at the vet school. Lisa also supplemented her education by attending equine-specific conferences, completing a research project on embryo transfer, and working as a technician in the large animal teaching hospital on weekends.

Following graduation from NC State in 2007, Lisa completed a rotating internship in equine medicine and surgery at Louisiana State University, followed by a three-year residency in equine internal medicine at Auburn University. As a resident, Lisa worked under the guidance of highly-trained specialists to hone her skills in neurology, cardiology, neonatology, gastroenterology, respiratory medicine, musculoskeletal disorders, ultrasound, endoscopy, and much more. During that time, she also earned a Masters degree in Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Lisa's Masters thesis involved a prospective scientific study of the effects of phenylbutazone (“Bute”) and firocoxib (“Equioxx) on equine lameness. She obtained board certification from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2013.

     

Lisa is certified in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue at the Operations Level through TLAER, Inc. which is a world renowned large animal technical rescue course instructed by subject matter experts Dr. Tomas Gimenez (retired) and Dr. Rebecca Gimenez.  In addition to being the advisory veterinarian for 4HFES and NCSMART, LLC, Lisa is an active member and on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Equine Assistance and Specialized Transport (www.NC-EAST.com) team based in Southern Pines, North Carolina, as well as advisory and attending veterinarian for Sandhills Horse Rescue, a non-profit equine rescue organization based in the sandhills area of North Carolina. 


Please visit  www.FoundationEquineClinic.com for more information about Foundation Equine Clinic and our good friend, associate, and best equine veterinarian around, Dr. Lisa Kivett. 

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