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Melissa Restifo, DVM, DACVIM

Dr. Restifo is a self-proclaimed “barn rat.”   Throughout her life, she did anything she could to spend her time being surrounded by horses. From cleaning stalls and grooming horses, to working on farms that bred, trained and showed Shire draft horses, Dr. Restifo was continually inspired to pursue her love for horses through veterinary medicine and teaching.

Dr. Restifo’s education and training is extensive and includes Cornell University; the School of Veterinary Medicine at Ross University; School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University; a combined academic and private practice internship between Tufts University and the Massachusetts Equine clinic; and a large animal medicine residency also at Cummings of Tufts University.

Her love for veterinary medicine motivated her to share her knowledge through teaching. Dr. Resitfo has taught Large Animal Medicine to clinical year veterinary students on topics including modules on colic, ultrasonography and clinical case studies and conduct seminars on Equine Multinodular Pulmonary Fibrosis, Insulin Dysregulation, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. During her time at Ross University she was a radiographic anatomy teaching assistant and tutor for the Anatomy Department. Dr. Restifo has published several articles and has been invited to lecture on metabolic diseases of the horse. 

Dr. Restifo is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, and the American Shire Horse Association. Dr. Restifo’s clinical interests are in Endocrinology; Emergency and Critical Care Medicine; Neo- and Perinatology; and Nutrition.

Dr. Restifo’s exemplary knowledge, internal medicine training, amazing work ethic, and dedication to the horse make her a gifted veterinarian who understands and appreciates her clients and their equine partners.

Dr. Restifo sees patients in the clinic and on the farm and can be contacted by calling 813-643-7177 or email mrestifo@brandonequine.com.

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