The Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame was established to bestow honor and recognition upon Virginians who have made outstanding contributions to the State’s livestock industry and its people. In 2013, the Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame Award was expanded to include the Horse industry through the efforts of the Virginia Horse Council. Last fall, five individuals were inducted into the Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame on Virginia Tech’s campus. The new Hall of Fame members, who hail from academia and industry, have demonstrated outstanding and uncommon contributions to the livestock industry and its people.
Dr. Olive K. Britt of Maiden, Virginia, who was honored posthumously with the Horse Industry Pioneer Award, was Virginia’s first female veterinarian to specialize in equine medicine. She pioneered work in the field and opened doors for other female veterinarians. Her work benefited countless horses and produced a lasting legacy for the Virginia horse industry. She was honored as Virginia’s Veterinarian of the Year in 1993.
In 1961, Dr. Britt opened a practice in Richmond and became Virginia’s first female veterinarian to specialize in equine medicine. In 1969, she established the Woodside Equine Clinic in Ashland with Dr. Milton Kingsbury. She served as the resident veterinarian at Meadow Stable in Caroline County for 15 years and cared for Triple Crown Winner Secretariat when he was born and raised there. In 1986, Dr. Britt joined the Virginia Equine Clinic in Manakin-Sabot where she worked with Dr. Tom Newton.
Dr. Britt was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the Virginia Association of Equine Practitioners, and the Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine. From 1989 to 1990, Dr. Britt served as President of the North American Veterinary Conference. Dr. Britt was named Virginia Veterinarian of the Year in 1993.