Alexandra Tracey, DVM, DACVS-LA
Dr. Alexandra Tracey, one of only two practicing board certified large animal surgeons (DACVS-LA) in South Carolina, has been dedicated to horses since her first riding lesson many years ago. She has competed in eventing, dressage, western pleasure, barrel racing, and polo over her years as a horsewoman.
Veterinary medicine and surgery are more than a job or a career for Dr. Tracey... They are a calling and she commits her life to the complete care and health of her patients. Palmetto Equine offers the best in digital radiography, ultrasound, and in-house laboratory testing to provide comprehensive diagnosis and establish a treatment protocol for each horse. The new hospital provides state-of-the-art surgical facilities to accommodate all surgical procedures, from emergency colic surgeries to elective arthroscopy.
After graduating from veterinary school at Kansas State University in 2008, Dr. Tracey spent a year as an intern at the top equine hospital in the world, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY. Following her time in Kentucky, Dr. Tracey moved to Iowa to complete a residency in Equine Surgery. After three years of residency and one year as the emergency surgeon for Iowa State University, Dr. Tracey moved south to enjoy warmer weather and rejoin the horse communities of her youth.
Jeffrey Bottger, MS, DVM
Dr. Bottger grew up showing horses and other livestock in Nebraska. He earned a masters degree in Animal Science from University of Wyoming before going to veterinary school at Kansas State University. After vet school he worked in an equine and small animal clinic in Kansas City, KS before moving to North Central Texas in 2010 in order to work at JEH Equine Reproduction Specialists. In 2012 he purchased a clinic in Sioux City, IA focusing on equine reproduction and lameness. Dr. Bottger joined Palmetto Equine, LLC in January 2017. He and his significant other Barb have Reining bred broodmares and he is hoping to get back in the show ring in the near future.
Julie Lemons, Veterinary Technician
Palmetto Equine is thrilled to welcome Julie to our team! Since she was a little girl, Julie has admired horses and wanted them to play a large role in her life. While earning her Bachelors degree in Animal Science at Clemson University, she worked at the CU Equine Center. After graduation in 2009, she leapt at the chance to be a part of a unique opportunity in Guthrie, Texas where she completed a breeding and foaling internship at the famous 6666 Ranch! It was during her time in Texas that she decided being a veterinary technician was her calling. She returned to South Carolina and worked at Tiger Town Animal Hospital and the T Ed Garrison Arena before entering the Veterinary Technology Program at Tri-County Technical College. She graduated in May 2014 and passed her national board examination that summer. She then went on to work at the University of Georgia's large animal hospital until the summer of 2015. Julie is excited to join the Palmetto Equine team and looks forward to meeting all our amazing clients!
Barbie Hutchinson, Receptionist
Barbie grew up in New England and has been riding since she was 7 years old. She operated a boarding/training/and lesson barn for many years. She competed in the Morgan show circuit, as well as eventing, Polo, and pleasure riding. When not riding, she has been involved in volunteering at several horse based activities. While living in Aiken she knew that the warmth of the South was where she wanted to be. When presented with a possibility to relocate from New England to the Upstate of SC she jumped at the opportunity. Having spent the last 2 years at small animal practices, she is happy to be here with us surrounded by horses again!
Maggie Cox, Veterinary Technician
Maggie is a local girl, growing up volunteering and working at the CU Equine Center for 7 years. She competed in local eventing, hunter/jumper, and dressage shows. Maggie first earned a B.S. in Animal & Veterinary Sciences from Clemson, but decided to pursue her interests in veterinary care by getting an A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology from Tri-County Tech in 2016. After graduating, she completed a 6-month nursing internship at the premier Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY before joining the Palmetto Equine team. Maggie is thrilled to be joining this growing, high-quality practice and continuing to expand her knowledge and passion for equine care.
Jessica Langston, Veterinary Assistant
Jessica started riding on a mounted drill team at a young age. That drill team became a multiple southeastern regional championship team and a multiple state champion team. When not performing with the drill team, she also showed in western events and started barrel racing. She completed a Bachelors of Science in Animal Science with an Equine Science and Management emphasis. During this time, she worked on a feed research trail at UGA’s Animal Sciences Daily and at UGA’s Animal Sciences Snyder Barn, which is a stallion station that breeds American Quarter Horses. Since graduating, she has worked at multiple warmblood and P.R.E. breeding farms before coming to join the Palmetto Equine team!