About Us


About Us

It is the mission of Gulf Coast Equine Veterinary Services to provide the highest quality and compassionate care to our clients and their horses – from the recreational weekend warrior to those wtih olympic aspirations.  We use state of the art diagnostics and treatments to keep our clients’ horses healthy and sound.  We also seek to educate our clients so they can be a better teammate for their equine partner.

Gulf Coast Veterinary Services

Our Team 

Whitney VanWinkle, VMD


Place of studyUniversity of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Internship: Ambulatory medicine and surgery – Rhinebeck Equine, LLP, Rhinebeck, NY

Veterinary Licensed in Florida since 2010


Dr. VanWinkle grew up in Sarasota, FL showing in the Arabian and National Show Horse circuits.  Her family also had Paso Finos which provided vast experience with gaited horses and their specific problems.  She attended the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania following her undergraduate education at Purdue University.  Dr. VanWinkle completed a one year, rotating internship at Rhinebeck Equine, LLP in Rhinebeck, NY.  During her internship, she worked under the guidance of three board-certified equine surgeons and six ambulatory practitioners.

Dr. VanWinkle enjoys the time she gets to spend working with and educating clients.  Her interests include working with equine athletes on performance limiting problems and the use of different imaging modalities (digital ultrasound and radiology) to aid in diagnosis.  Getting riders back out on the trail or into the show ring is the best part of the job.

In her spare time, Dr. VanWinkle enjoys cooking, music, reading, and spending time with her own horse, a Lusitano named Reggie.


What is a VMD? 

Most veterinary schools grant a DVM (doctor of veterinary medicine) degree to their graduates.  Graduates from the University of Pennsylvania receive a VMD (Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris – Latin for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine).  The reason for the difference in the degrees is due to the fact that the veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania was born out of the medical school; since the medical school awarded the Medicinae Doctoris (MD) degree, it was consistent to use a Latin format.

Gulf Coast Equine Veterinary Services Sarasota FL

Gulf Coast Equine Veterinary Services, Inc


(941) 266-1356

Sarasota, Florida

Gulf Coast Equine Veterinary