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Fine Surgical Expertise


Rood & Riddle?s name is synonymous with outstanding surgical expertise. Our board certified surgeons are among the most respected in the world both for their skills and their development of innovative procedures, techniques and advances in equine surgery. The sophisticated equipment and the latest in technology in the surgical suites, anesthesia rooms, recovery stalls and treatment rooms enable our surgery staff to achieve superior results in soft-tissue and orthopedic cases.




Rood & Riddle has 2 surgery facilities that house 5 operating rooms. Surgery I in the main building houses 3 general anesthesia operating rooms, 2 prep areas and 5 recovery stalls. There is also a special procedures room for standing surgeries. Surgery II is available to support the additional case load of the 5 surgeons and has 2 main operating areas with 3 recovery stalls.

Rood & Riddle performs over 5,000 surgeries each year. The 5 staff surgeons have completed rigorous residency programs at universities and are board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Collectively, they have performed over 40,000 elective and emergency surgical procedures over the last 10 years. Each surgeon is skilled in multiple disciplines and is specialized in one or more areas, which gives our clients access to a high degree of proficiency in a wide range of surgical services. Our surgeons have extensive experience with all types of elective orthopedic and soft tissue procedures and with emergency disorders of the abdomen, upper airway, reproductive and musculoskeletal systems, admitting approximately 700 surgical emergency patients annually.

Rood & Riddle surgeons have been on the forefront of equine surgical innovation including arthroscopic, limb corrective surgery, simple and complex fracture fixation, arthrodesis techniques, and innovations in equine upper respiratory surgery as well as abdominal and reproductive procedures. Although Lexington is best known as a center for Thoroughbred racehorses, our surgeons have experience with all breeds and disciplines, and are knowledgeable of the unique needs of each breed or discipline from the early developmental needs of foals to the athlete in training.

Rood & Riddle surgeons are recognized by their peers as experts in equine surgery and are sought after to give multiple scientific presentations at national and international continuing education meetings each year. Collectively, they have published over 140 articles and 40 book chapters in equine surgery and are leaders in professional organizations such as the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, American Association of Equine Practitioners and Association for the Study of Internal Fixation (Fracture Repair). They annually lead courses which train current and future equine surgeons in techniques of upper airway surgery and fracture repair in the horse. Our surgeons recognize the best way to improve themselves, the veterinary profession and your horse?s care is through their involvement with professional equine associations and they are fully committed to professional service and to the advancement of equine surgery.

The success of the Rood & Riddle surgery department is not based on individual effort. The surgeons are supported by an experienced group of technicians, administrative assistants and other support staff dedicated to give each horse the best care and each client the best service possible. In addition to support staff, the surgeons consult when needed with the other Rood & Riddle clinicians who are also recognized as experts and leaders in their fields in internal medicine, neurology, neonatology, cardiology, ophthalmology, reproduction and podiatry, to provide complete medical care for each patient.

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