Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital

As a worldwide leader in equine healthcare, we provide expertise for our patients in a caring, professional, and ethical manner that creates value for the entire equine community.

Rood & Riddle began as an ambulatory practice in Lexington, Kentucky in 1982 and established a full-service equine hospital in 1986. Today the practice is known and respected throughout the world for innovative and highly skilled treatment of horses. Rood & Riddle continues their tradition of excellence into the twenty first century serving as a referral center for horses requiring specialized medical and surgical care and providing ambulatory care for all breeds and disciplines. With the original hospital in Lexington, Kentucky and satellite hospitals in Saratoga Springs, New York and Wellington, Florida, Rood & Riddle maintains an unwavering commitment to quality, both in the care of horses and in our relationships with clients and the community.

Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital PSC is owned by 32 shareholders. Joining the founding partners, Drs. Bill Rood and Tom Riddle are Dr. Rolf Embertson, Dr. Scott Pierce, Dr. Larry Bramlage, Dr. Scott Hopper, Dr. Debbie Spike-Pierce, Dr. Scott Ahlschwede, Dr. Alan Ruggles, Dr. Bart Barber, Dr. Scott Morrison, Dr. Chris Newton, Dr. Jeff Cook, Dr. Brett Woodie, Dr. Raul Bras, Dr. Woodrow Friend, Dr. Kathleen Paasch, Dr. Steve Reed, Dr. Brad Tanner, Dr. Dale Brown, Dr. Bonnie Barr, Dr. Laurie Metcalfe, Dr. Peter Morresey, Dr. Katherine Garrett, Dr. Etta Bradecamp, Dr. Kevin Hyde, Dr. Jose Bras, Dr, Scott Fleming, Dr. William Gilsenan, Dr. Maria Schnobrich, Dr. Charles Scoggin and  Dr. S. Heath Soignier. 


    • Surgical Assistant - 6 Month Internship

      Surgical Assistant (February-July)

      Rood & Riddle is offering a 6 month Veterinary Assistant Undergraduate Intern Program. Surgery assistants retrieve patients from their stalls, help induce anesthesia, position patients on surgical beds, aseptically prepare surgical sites, set up operating rooms and sterilize instruments. Surgery assistants will have a set start time for each day but the end time can vary based on the schedules of the surgeons and emergencies.

      Surgery assistants will be exposed to a variety of surgical cases throughout this internship. Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital is a full-service surgical facility. Surgery assistants will see soft tissue, orthopedic, upper airway, gastrointestinal, neonatal, and emergency cases.

      How to Apply

      Applications will be accepted from June to December for undergraduate internships commencing the following January. Applicants must have previous experience with horse handling. Assistants may assist and/or observe in other areas of the hospital (radiology, podiatry, nursing, surgery, reproduction and diagnostic imaging) as needed.

      Please submit a letter of intent including the applicant’s goals and horse handling experience, along with a resume that includes work and academic references to Alanna Mathes at: Interviews available via Zoom. No phone calls please. We currently do not offer positions commencing in the summer or fall.

      For more information about Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, please see our website, follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube, and check out our StallSide podcast.

    • Equine Veterinary Technician 

      How to Apply

      1. Speak to your program advisor to understand what will be needed to fulfill your specific programs off-site  requirements (length of time, paperwork needed etc.)
      2. To find information on the Rood & Riddle and the Veterinary Technician Externships information, visit our website.
      3. Email the completed externship application along with a resume to Lexie at