Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital to Acquire Saratoga Equine Veterinary Service

June 3, 2013 — The shareholders of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, and Dr. Bill and Diana Barnes of Saratoga Springs, New York, are pleased to announce that Rood and Riddle will purchase Saratoga Equine Veterinary Service.

“This is an exciting and unique opportunity for our practice, and we look forward to providing outstanding care to the horses in New York and surrounding areas,” says Bill Rood, DVM, JD, CEO/President of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital. Saratoga Equine will operate as a division of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital.

Saratoga Equine Veterinary Service was founded in 1996, and the surgical and diagnostic center opened in August of 2000. Since that time, SEVS has provided emergency and ambulatory care as well as support to a large number of referring veterinarians. “The procurement of SEVS by Rood and Riddle will ensure a continuation and expansion of the level of excellence already established by Saratoga Equine,” says Bill Barnes.

Though the final details of the operation of Saratoga Equine remain to be determined, Saratoga Equine will build on the strengths of the combined staff of both practices, moving forward with an emphasis on lameness exams and advanced imaging such as nuclear scintigraphy, orthopedic and upper airway surgery of the equine athlete, and therapeutic and corrective podiatry for racehorses and sport horses, which form the core of the hospital operation in Lexington. 

The hospital in Saratoga will expand the presence Rood and Riddle established in New York last year when Scott Ahlschwede, DVM, and a shareholder in Rood and Riddle, began providing ambulatory veterinary services to Rood and Riddle’s New York clients. The strength of New York racing, the increasing number of Rood and Riddle clients opening New York divisions of their operations, and the expansion of training in the Saratoga area makes this a logical move for Rood and Riddle to provide the services and leverage their expertise that has been the backbone of the Lexington operation. Bill Barnes will continue to practice in the Saratoga Springs area as an independent practitioner.

Learn more about Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital by visiting their website.

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