L_121514-vetmed-firestonesPhoto: Left to right: Virginia Tech President Timothy Sands, Bertram Firestone, Diana Firestone, and Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Cyril Clarke. Photo courtesy Elizabeth Lorenzen / CPTV

Bertram and Diana Firestone of Upperville, Va., were recently honored with a Distinguished Service Award from Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center.

“Their support of the center’s many programs helped establish a level of excellence in equine medicine recognized around the world,” said Peggy Steinman, who serves chair of the advisory council.  “State-of-the-art programs in imaging, surgery, emergency care, and diagnostic expertise would not have been possible without their support.”

The Firestones, who own the 400-acre Newstead Farm, are founding members of the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center Advisory Council and owners and breeders of Thoroughbred horses.

The Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center is part of Virginia Tech’s Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.

The Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center Distinguished Service Award has only been presented three times since its inception in 2007. It was established to recognize individuals who have demonstrated exemplary service and dedication to fulfilling the center’s mission and generously provided resources, leadership and expertise to help the equine medical center attain the highest level of achievement in service, teaching and research.

Previous winners Shelley Duke and Beverly “Peggy” Steinman were honored in 2007 and 2010, respectively. Both Thoroughbred owners and breeders, Duke is owner and manager of Rallywood Farm in Middleburg, while Steinman is chairperson of Steinman Enterprises, a group of companies headquartered in Lancaster, Pa.

The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine is a leading biomedical teaching and research center, enrolling more than 700 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, master of public health, and biomedical and veterinary sciences graduate students. The college is a partnership between the land-grant universities of Virginia Tech and the University of Maryland. Its main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, features the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and large animal field services which together treat more than 79,000 animals annually. Other locations include the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Va., and the Gudelsky Veterinary Center in College Park, Md.