Rescue has been my life for the last 29 years – that is three decades of amazing work. I have personally been involved in saving thousands of horses over my career in helping unwanted and slaughter bound horses. One day I came to a place where I needed and prayed for direction and purpose and that is when my own non-profit Omega began. My husband Matt is my rock, and though he does not ride horses he helps at the rescue, supports me and the work that we do. He listens with his heart and encourages me to follow my dreams, which are sometimes, crazy, hard, sad, and fun and sometimes, these emotions and directions on the same day. To me success is not defined just by education or awards, it is also defined by hard work, grit, determination, compassion, vision and most of all love. Some of our rescues have gone on to win major competitions, become stars in their neighborhoods, many have become trail horses, and wonderful therapy horses helping people.
Dr. James (Jim) Holt’s love for animals began at an early age and has been an avid horse rider since he was 9 years old. While riding Hunters and Jumpers, the highlight of his riding career was when he rode in a Grand Prix at age 16. Dr. Holt completed his undergrad in 1986 from the Gettysburg College and then attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1991. Upon completion of his education, he was hired on to the Morgantown Veterinary Clinic, a mixed equine/bovine practice that serviced Northern Chester, Lancaster, and Berks Counties. In 1993, Dr. Holt decided to open his own mixed practice called Brandywine Veterinary Services, which he still runs today. He has served on the board and executive committee of the PMVA. The PMVA awarded Dr. Holt with the Animal Welfare Advocacy Award in 2015. Dr. Holt is currently serving on an animal welfare committee with the Animal Welfare and Public Policy committee and is the chairman on the One Health Task Force as well as a commissioner for the Animal Health and Diagnostic Commission. Currently, he works 3 days per week as the veterinarian for New Holland Sales Stables in New Holland, Pennsylvania, working predominantly with cows and horses. The rest of Dr. Holt’s time is spent in a more typical mixed large animal practice doing pre-purchase exams, treating equine lameness, offering second opinions, and deals with animal welfare issues as they relate to how animals are treated at sales and equine rescue facilities.
Dr. Nikki Scherrer, DVM, currently serves as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Dr. Scherrer received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and graduated summa cum laude at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN. She attended Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana, where she earned a doctorate degree from the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation she started an internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, an equine only practice. Following this she started a second rotating internship at University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center. This experience opened the door into an ophthalmology residency at New Bolton Center, which she completed in July 2016. In her free time she enjoys riding her horses, including Ears who was rescued by Omega in 2017.