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Elsa Ludwig

Equine Emergency Surgeon and Ambulatory Emergency Clinician



Clinical Instructor


Dr. Elsa Ludwig graduated with a DVM from the University of Wisconsin in 2012, received her certification in veterinary acupuncture from the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, and completed a residency in Large Animal Surgery at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. During her surgical residency, Dr. Ludwig received a Master of Science degree in Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences, with her research focused on equine septic arthritis. After spending several years in private practice as a board-certified large animal surgeon, she was recruited to NC State College of Veterinary Medicine to pursue her passion to become a clinician-scientist. Dr. Ludwig currently works as an Equine Emergency and Critical Care Surgeon as well as an Equine Ambulatory Emergency Clinician. In addition to emergency and critical care, Dr. Ludwig’s special interests include equine gastrointestinal surgery, advanced equine dentistry, and the surgical care of small ruminants and pet pigs.


Doctor of Veterinary Medicine University of Wisconsin 2012

Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine

Master of Science Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences Virginia Tech

Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons