At Brandon Equine Medical Center we help good veterinarians become great veterinarians through our internship program. Each summer, 2 to 4 hand-selected veterinarians begin a one-year rotation with Brandon Equine as Junior Associates. During that year they work alongside our team of veterinarians and specialists to receive advanced training in all aspects of equine veterinary care. From preventative medicine to emergency surgery, Brandon Equine interns gain valuable skills that they can then take with them in their professional futures. We are proud of our Junior Associates and greatly enjoy sharing our knowledge with, and being inspired by, the future of equine veterinary medicine.
Meet our 2017/2018 Junior Associates:
Nicole Taurisano, DVM and Brigitte Gravitt, DVM
Dr. Nicole Taurisano graduated from St. George's University School of Veterinary Medicine where she also obtained a Masters degree in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology, focusing on post-mortem bacteriology of streptococcal infections in marine mammals. She then completed 4th year clinical training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Her special interests are in critical care and internal medicine. Dr. Taurisano considers herself a naturalist, having had the privilege of working with Mote Marine Laboratory, Florida Fish and Wildlife, and Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo during her training. Having a passion for volunteering, Dr. Taurisano and has spent time in the countries of Grenada, Nicaragua, and Baja California, Mexico where she treated the horses in communities that have limited resources. She has recently returned from a trip working at an equine therapy ranch in La Mision. In her free time, Dr. Taurisano enjoys yoga, photography, and the company of her two cats, Taboo and Fae.
Dr. Brigitte Gravitt obtained her undergraduate degree at the University of Florida with a B.S. in Animal Science, and she received her veterinary degree from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. During her graduate work she received a large animal medicine and clinical pathology award. Dr. Gravitt’s special interests are in lameness and surgery.
Dr. Gravitt’s passion for horses extends beyond her veterinary training and has taken her across the globe. She has lived in Spain as a dressage working student, rode for the Lipizzaner Stallion Show across the Unites States and Bahrain, and took the British Horse Society Exams in Warwickshire, England. While pursuing her veterinary degree Dr. Gravitt has also held jobs as a veterinary assistant, barn manager, horse trainer and dressage trainer; and she volunteered for equine and veterinary events such as the UGA Annual Horse Owners’ Seminar, Rolex Horse Show, and vaccination and farrier clinics.
When not pursuing her equine veterinary pursuits Dr. Gravitt spends as much time as possible with her husband John Paul and their young daughter Charlotte.