ACVS Foundation
Honored Mentor

Warren L. Beard (Deceased)


Dr. Warren Beard has been instrumental to many of us in equine surgery. He is a thoughtful, patient teacher, excellent diagnostician and surgeon. He is a wonderful, honest human being who leads by example.

- Susan J. Holcombe, VMD, PhD, DACVS

Warren was a giant with shoulders for many to stand upon to achieve success. He led with quiet conviction, dedication, and dry humor. I have never met a more loyal person, and he was what everyone strives for in equine practice - truly amazing in his career while defining himself by his family and personal passions. I'm a better veterinarian, surgeon, and person because he was my mentor.

- Amanda Rae Armentrout, DVM, MS

Warren was a true leader, teaching by example in all aspects — technical expertise but more importantly an ability to demonstrate calmness and compassion for both the horses he treated and the people he mentored. He has played an instrumental role in who I am as a person and surgeon. I am forever grateful for his guidance and mentorship. He will never be forgotten.

- Valentine S. Williams, DVM, MS, DACVS

(1958 – 2023)

It has been my privilege to work with many bright and very talented surgeons. That they would consider that I in some way contributed to their success is a great compliment to me.

- Warren L. Beard, DVM, MS, DACVS


  • Amanda Rae Armentrout, DVM, MS
  • José J. Bras, DVM, MS, DACVS (Large Animal)
  • Stephen R. Hance, DVM, DACVS
  • Rick Henninger, DVM, MS, DACVS
  • Susan J. Holcombe, VMD, PhD, DACVS
  • Melissa A. Milligan, DVM, DACVS (Large Animal)
  • Rustin M. Moore, DVM, PhD, DACVS
  • Elizabeth Ardelle Taylor, DVM, MS, DACVS (Large Animal)
  • Sarah Waxman, DVM, DACVS (Large Animal)
  • Megan Rene Williams, DVM, DACVS (Large Animal)
  • Valentine S. Williams, DVM, MS, DACVS
  • Wyatt W. Winchell, DVM, MS, DACVS

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