Megan Downey Kraski ’95 followed her passion to work with horses but didn’t start out with plans to attend veterinary school. At VI she majored in equine studies and rode on the IHSA team, planning to be a trainer. Her first job after graduating was at Webb Valley Ranch in Unicoi, Tenn., where she taught lessons and trained horses.
Her riding coach at VI was David Meacham, whom she said gave the students excellent instruction and a lot of confidence. “It was really fun times and we jumped some very big jumps with the jumpers,” she said. Kraski also recalled many inspiring professors she had at VI, particularly classes with Dr. “Patty,” Dr. Haught and Dr. Buckalew. Classes in nutrition, biology and anatomy were her favorites and later turned out to very useful courses for vet school, she said.
When Kraski decided to pursue veterinary medicine, she worked hard to prepare for applying to vet schools and credits her hands-on experience and working in clinics with boosting her credentials. A Florida native, she took additional pre-requisite courses while working for a Tallahassee equine veterinarian. She also worked in the vet school research lab working with neonatal foals. Kraski graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 and went straight into private practice at Horner & Nash, LLC, an equine ambulatory practice and clinic in Canton, Ga., near Atlanta. She has practiced there for 12 years, and her work includes ambulatory practice and elective surgery.
Dr. Kraski is married, and she and husband Clay have two children, daughter Camyrn Grace and son Liam Henry. In her spare time Kraski still rides and they have a small farm with two horses, two cats, two dogs and two bunnies. Daughter Camyrn, she says, is following in her footsteps with her love for horses and riding, having recently won a lead line Reserve Champion at cross rail.