Backstretch Veterinary

Massachusetts Equine Veterinarian

An exclusively Equine practice, Backstretch Veterinary is an ambulatory practice with emphasis on Sports Medicine and general care for horses. We cover the North Shore and MetroWest, MA areas to points just west of 495 and will travel for referral cases. 

Phone: 978-891-5780
Emergency: 508-473-6793
Fax: 978-891-3282


Mission Statement

The veterinarians and staff at Backstretch Veterinary are all lifelong horsewomen who are focused on providing the most exemplary care and service for all of our clients and their horses - from the upper level athlete to the backyard pasture horse.  Our commitment to a collaborative approach both within our practice and with experts in various fields of equine veterinary medicine coupled with our passion for continuing education sets us apart.

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Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr. Suzanne M. Loheac, DVM
    Dr. Suzanne M. Loheac, DVM
    VETERINARIAN

    Dr. Loheac is a 1993 graduate of Skidmore College and a 1998 graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation Dr. Loheac went to work at Suffolk Downs and Rockingham Park as a commission veterinarian. This is where she met Dr. Erica Fuller and shortly thereafter became an associate veterinarian for her equine practice, Backstretch Veterinary. A few years later Dr. Fuller changed careers and Dr. Loheac took over the reins at Backstretch. Dr. Loheac main interests are Equine Sports Medicine including alternative therapies such as acupuncture and chiropractic as well as injury rehabilitation for horses. She is certified in Equine Acupuncture, Spinal Manipulation (Chiropractic), Tui Na (A Chinese form of massage and acupressure) and Equine Performance Medicine and Rehabilitation.  From the age of five Dr. Loheac was an avid hunter/jumper rider competing up and down the East Coast until having a family. Most recently she has gotten back in the saddle experimenting with Polo. In her spare time, she likes to travel with her family enjoys taking care of the variety of animals on her farm.

  • Dr. Kim Allshouse
    Dr. Kim Allshouse
    VETERINARIAN

    Dr. Kim Allshouse is originally from Dagus Mines, Pennsylvania. She is a lifelong equestrian. She grew up riding and competing locally before deciding to move to Rhode Island to attend Johnson and Wales University. She then built a career caring for and training horses in barns in the United States and Germany. After several years of working professionally in the equine industry, she decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. After graduating from veterinary school at the University of Wisconsin in 2018, she completed an internship at Texas A&M. While at the University of Wisconsin and Texas A&M University, she was mentored by some of the leading equine veterinary dentistry professionals in the country. In addition to dentistry, Dr. Allshouse also has a passion for sports medicine, internal medicine, and diagnostic imaging. In her free time she enjoys hiking with her fabulous dog, Callie Lou, and her partner, Matt. She and Matt also enjoy scuba diving, traveling, and generally exploring New England.

  • Michele Jeffrey Peltroche
    Michele Jeffrey Peltroche
    TECHNICIAN

    Michele brings a lifetime of experience caring for equine athletes to Backstretch Veterinary Inc. Prior to joining us, Michele performed several different roles within the Thoroughbred racing industry both on the ground and on horseback. Most recently, she acted as the Safety Compliance Officer at Suffolk Downs in East Boston as the primary liaison between horsemen, track management, and racing officials. Her work included responding in emergency situations to assess, triage, and obtain veterinary assistance; planning and executing rehabilitation plans; developing rehoming and retirement plans; and proactively coordinating overall welfare improvements for horses. A lifelong equestrian, Michele brings an invaluable amount of hands-on experience to the team.

  • Jean Ruhan
    Jean Ruhan
    OFFICE MANAGER

    Jean Ruhan has been with Backstretch Veterinary for over 27 years as the office manager who holds everything together for the practice. She has a long history with horses showing mainly Hackney ponies and Saddlebreds, but has also dabbled in breeding and showing Norwegian Fjords in combined driving and driving/showing miniature horses. Now she spends time with her granddaughter who is riding and showing.

Testimonials

  • Quality of care and knowledge is outstanding!

    - Wister C.
  • I can't say enough about the Backstretch team! With their knowledge and experience, I trust them wholeheartedly. The kindness they show, not only to my horse, but to me, is top notch in my book. Thank you BSV team for all you do!

    - Jackie W.
  • We love this doctor and staff is amazing as well. We would encourage anyone looking for a vet to consider Backstretch Veterinary and rest assured that the quality of medicine is top notch.

    - Melissa S.
  • The folks at Backstretch vet are awesome people.

    - Cindy N.

Office Hours

Monday

7:00 am - 1:00 pm

Tuesday

7:00 am - 1:00 pm

Wednesday

7:00 am - 1:00 pm

Thursday

7:00 am - 1:00 pm

Friday

7:00 am - 1:00 pm

Saturday

Closed

Sunday

Closed

Monday
7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

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