Steven King, DVM

Born in Torrance, CA, I moved to the greater Annapolis, MD area at the ripe old age of 6 months. I lived happily in the land of Lacrosse and Blue Crabs with my parents and brother. I enjoyed success at several activities as a youth, but none distracted me from my dream of becoming an Equine Veterinarian; not even my girlfriend Heather who would later become my wife. My post-high school education started at the University of Maryland, College Park. I learned many things in College Park, the most important of which was that Maryland, although steeped in rich history and beautiful horse country, was just too liberal for me.

Thus, I traveled to Blacksburg, VA to pursue my dreams at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (the Vet School with the longest name). My four years at Va. Tech was a blast, but all good things must come to an end. So, Heather and I, now married, loaded up the truck and moved to the 757.

Dale Cupp, DVM was nice enough to offer me a position at Pine Meadow Veterinary Hospital (PMVH), a mixed practice located in the Tidewater region of Virginia. I didn’t know at the time that ‘Tidewater’ meant that when the tide was in, it was underwater! In 1994, after three years of nagging, Dr. Cupp finally figured out that he was never going to get rid of me, so he sold me the horse part of the business and Pine Meadow Equine Service, PC was born.

Initially, I worked out of a barn on Dr. Cupp’s property until, I was fortunate enough to come across our current location in Tabb, VA. Heather and I enjoyed living in southern York county with our 3 kids, 2-5 horses, 2 dogs, 1-2 cats (depending on the day) and whatever else shows up to eat on a given day.

When I am not running around in my truck, I enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding, watching CNU sports and, as anyone who is my friend of Facebook will attest, BBQing!


Barb Nickerson, Office Manager

Barb joined PMES in March of 2018. She was born and raised in Massachusetts near her grandfather’s farm where he raised and showed Morgan’s, thus began her love affair with horses.

In 1989, Barb moved to Virginia and brought her QH mare “Julie” with her to Kentucky Farms. “Julie” was bred to a QH Stallion in 1993. The result of that breeding was her current horse “JJ,” who was born May of 1994. Barb and JJ enjoy trail riding at Kentucky Farms.

Before moving to Virginia, Barb worked for a short while at a large 16,000 acre QH farm in South Carolina. Creek Plantation was a QH breeding facility that trained over 50 cutting & raining horses. Staying at Creek Plantation, Barb was able to submerge herself into all aspects of the facility even rounding up cattle to be used for training their cutting horses.

Barb’s love for animals doesn’t stop at horses. She has an Amazon parrot named Romeo, 4 Rabbits Spencer & Baby are Holland Lops, Taffeta & Remi are Lion Heads, and a Border Collie named Buddy.


Jessie, the wonder dog

Jessie the wonder dog is all grown up since these photos were taken. She was my companion in the truck and a source of complete joy while out on the road. She retired from truck duty to become my older dog Bailey’s home companion. Now she is charged with making sure that no cat nor bird lives in peace in my back yard.