Daniel "Dan" Lambert, 52, of Zebulon, NC, passed away Monday, May 21, 2019. Dan was born in Utica, NY, the son of the late Joseph Lambert and Georgia Peterson Lambert of Holland Patent, NY. Dan graduated from Holland Patent High School in 1984, and operated a home renovation business.He later attended the NY Correction Officer Recruit Training Program, graduating in 1992, serving as a Correction Officer for six years. He moved to Raleigh, NC, in 1998, married, and started a home renovation business. Dan later attended North Carolina College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating with his Doctor in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 2011. After graduation, Dan established HorseCare Veterinary Services, a mobile equine veterinary practice serving eastern Wake, Johnston and Edgecombe Counties.
Dan was passionate about treating horses and educating clients. He enjoyed explaining procedures and treatments to owners. He visited countless farms and barns over the years treating sick horses at all hours of the day and night. Rain or shine, Dan always answered the call to help a sick horse. His love, empathy and compassion for horses was well known. As Dan once said,“It didn’t take long before I fell in love with horses, their gentle nature, their strength, and even the way they smell. I’m still amazed that this 1,000-pound creature will stand quietly and agree to let me treat it, even when it hurts. Even now, after a long day, when I see them grazing in the pasture, I want to stop my truck and go to the fence so I can scratch them under their chins.”Dan de-stressed after a long day by standing in a friend’s pasture talking to his favorite mare. Dan’s granddaughter, Sierra, 12, shares his passion for horses. She accompanied Dan on calls a few years ago and became hooked. She wants to attend veterinary school just like grampa.
Dan was extremely creative and ingenious. If he saw a problem, he tried to fix it. Dan disliked the design of standard mobile vet trucks because they relied on forward reaching and overhead equipment compartments. They were bad for the back, he said. As a result, Dan custom-designed an efficient, cutting-edge storage system for his vet mobile, using industrial-strength aluminum pull-out drawers that opened from the SUV’s hatchback. And when faced with intractable horse infections and injuries that would not heal, Dan researched at length alternative modalities. He was not afraid to try outside-the-box treatments, many of which worked. Nor was he shy about asking for help, frequently conferring with veterinary school faculty.
Dan’s love of motorcycles, tools and machines in his younger days transformed into a deep appreciation for horses and their care. His quick, dry wit, infectious wide smile, and kind spirit will be forever missed. He was loved by many. Dan is survived by his daughter Krista Lynn Lambert, granddaughters Sierra and Gabby, of Waterville, NY, siblings, his former wife, and many close and dear friends in NC and NY.
Please join us in celebrating Dan's life and sharing memories on Saturday, June 22, 11am at the Cavvietta Quarter Horse & Cattle Company, 6131 Town Creek Road, Elm City, NC 27822. The service will be held indoors with air conditioning.