Dr. Nolan grew up in northern Virginia. His love of horses began as a young teenager when he purchased his first horse to train and compete in endurance and competitive trail rides. As a high school student, he became interested in a career in Farriery. After high school he attended the North Texas Horseshoeing Institute and began a business in northern Virginia and the Blacksburg area while studying at Virginia Tech. Dr. Nolan was a practicing farrier for over nine years before starting his career in veterinary medicine. He has enjoyed and valued the skills and principles of horseshoeing, while integrating this knowledge with veterinary medicine.
Dr. Nolan earned his doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia – Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. His career in equine practice began with an internship at an equine referral center, Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center, in Los Olivos, California. There, he trained with specialists in the fields of lameness, diagnostic imaging, surgery and internal medicine. He went on to work at the Delaware Equine Center in Cochranville, Pennsylvania. His training in sports medicine continued under the supervision of specialists in lameness, surgery and internal medicine. In 1993, he returned to Virginia to work at the Middleburg Equine Clinic.
Dr. Nolan founded The Piedmont Equine Practice, Inc. in 1996. In 1998, he became certified in Animal Chiropractic. In 2004, Dr Nolan was an alternate treating veterinarian for the United States Equestrian Federation Three Day Event Team. In 2005, Dr. Nolan was an attending treating veterinarian at the World Cup Show Jumping Finals. His areas of special interest are sports medicine, lameness, diagnostic imaging and chiropractic medicine. Dr Nolan has a strong interest in practice management.
Dr. Nolan is married to Dr. Renee Nolan, a veterinarian who practices small animal medicine in Warrenton, Virginia. They have two sons, Sam and Abe. They live on a small farm in Markham, Virginia where they enjoy small-scale organic farming. Dr. Nolan spends his free time going to his kids’ sporting events and enjoying outdoor activities like kayaking, fishing, and hiking.