DVM PhD DACVM
Dr. Nielsen graduated with his DVM degree from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Denmark in 2001. He spent three years in equine veterinary practice before joining graduate school. He received his Ph.D. in equine parasitology at University of Copenhagen in 2007 and served as assistant professor there until 2011. He then joined the M.H. Gluck Equine Research Center at University of Kentucky where he now serves as associate professor and holds the title of Schlaikjer Professor in Equine Infectious Disease. He is board certified in veterinary parasitology with European Veterinary Parasitology College (EVPC) and with American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (ACVM). Dr. Nielsen is chair of the AAEP Parasite Control Subcommittee which published its guidelines in 2013. He currently serves as co-editor in chief for the scientific journal Veterinary Parasitology. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and over 170 conference abstracts and is co-author of Handbook of Equine Parasite Control.
Dr. Reed earned his DVM at The Ohio State University, followed by a residency at Michigan State University. He started his academic teaching career at Washington State University from 1979-1983, and then returned to The Ohio State University where he spent 26 years as a professor and mentor in the Equine Medicine department. Dr. Reed is a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and is a noted author and editor of numerous scientific articles and textbooks. He has spoken at many state, national and international meetings. His primary research interests include Equine Neurologic Diseases. He is currently an Internal Medicine Specialist and shareholder of the Practice at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Emeritus Professor of The Ohio State University, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Kentucky and is currently the Chairman of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Advisory Committee.
An Auburn 2005 grad, Brad completed an internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. He has remained at RREH where his clinical focus is dentistry: both first opinion and the referral case load for the hospital as well as having an ambulatory reproductive practice. Brad is a boarded dental specialist with extensive clinical experience in oral maxillofacial surgery. He enjoys the clinical puzzle of problem bitting and sinusitis cases and strives to preserve teeth through periodontal and endodontic therapies including root canal therapy. He routinely speaks at regional, national and international meetings. Away from practice he breeds Thoroughbreds, coach’s youth baseball and enjoys time outdoors with his wife and their two sons.
DVM MS DACVS
Dr. Woodie is originally from North Carolina where he attended North Carolina State University for his undergraduate work, and North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine for his veterinary degree. Following graduation from veterinary college in 1995, he completed a one-year internship followed by a three-year surgery residency at The Ohio State University. During his residency, he also earned a Master’s of Science Degree. He then moved to Northern Virginia and became a clinical instructor in equine surgery at Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center. During that time, Dr. Woodie achieved Diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Subsequently, he became an Assistant Professor of Large Animal Surgery at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2003, he began working as a surgeon for Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky. where he currently resides.
MSc DVM DACVIM(LAIM)
Dr. Kate Christie grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she developed her love of horses actively competing in the show hunter world and watching Standardbred racing at the with her grandfather. She received her undergraduate degree in Life Sciences as well as a Masters degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario where she continued her riding career and further developed a passion for veterinary medicine. Kate graduated from the North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014 and went on to complete a year-long rotating hospital internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital (2014-2015) prior to entering a Large Animal Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Georgia. She became boarded in large animal internal medicine in 2018 at the completion of her residency program. Kate remained at the University of Georgia as a clinical associate professor for one year and is excited to be returning to Lexington to join the Rood and Riddle internal medicine team. Her professional interests include gastrointestinal disease, infectious and non-infectious respiratory disease, and equine pharmacology. Outside of work, Kate enjoys spending as much time as possible with her retired show-jumper, Skye. When not in the saddle, she enjoys trail-running, hiking, and traveling with her husband.
Dr. Karen Wolfsdorf attended veterinary school at the University of Florida and graduated in 1992. After completion of her DVM, she began an equine field service internship at North Carolina State University. In 1995, Dr. Wolfsdorf completed a residency in Theriogenology at the University of Florida and became board certified in Theriogenology. Before coming to Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, she spent time working in Australia with Dr. Pascoe at Oakey Veterinary Hospital. In 1996, Dr. Wolfsdorf joined Hagyard as an Associate and in 2002 she became one of the first two woman Members of the Practice. Dr. Wolfsdorf’s main area of interest is infertility in the mare and problems during pregnancy. She spends her time working as a field veterinarian and as a specialist at the McGee Fertility Center.
She has authored many chapters on equine reproduction as well as lectured worldwide and published research regarding progesterone, retained endometrial cups and equine twin reduction with cranio-cervical dislocation.
Dr. Wolfsdorf and her husband are involved as owners and breeders in the Thoroughbred industry and have two daughters who ride pony hunters.
What inspired Dr. Wolfsdorf to become an equine practitioner? The answer will surprise you.
DVM MS DACT
Dr. Von Dollen is originally from California, but she completed her undergraduate degree at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. She returned to California to attend veterinary school at the University of California-Davis, graduating in 2014. She completed internships at Alamo Pinto Equine Medical Center in California and Golburn Valley Equine Hospital in Australia before beginning her theriogenology residency at North Carolina State University in 2016. She became a diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists in 2018 and completed a Master of Science degree in 2019. Her research and thesis focused on exploring the activity of antibiotics in uterine fluid. Her interests include all aspects of mare and stallion breeding management, with a particular passion for assisted reproductive techniques.
Dr. Lu was raised in Philadelphia, PA. After practicing in Chester County, PA, she came to Hagyard in 2005. Her passion is Theriogenology (Animal Reproduction Specialist). Her proudest personal accomplishment is having cycled from Santa Monica to Washington D.C. with her Dad.
Dr. Grice was an ambulatory equine practitioner in the Hudson Valley of New York for over 25 years, and served as the managing partner of the thirteen doctor equine referral hospital in Rhinebeck, NY. At the end of 2014, she retired from clinical practice to concentrate on veterinary business consulting, and moved her residence to Virginia City, MT.
Dr. Grice received her BA in Biology from Wellesley College in Massachusetts and completed her veterinary education at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. She earned her MBA with a concentration in Ethical Leadership from Marist College School of Management in 2014.
Dr. Grice is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, where she served on the Board of Directors from 2015-2018, and now serves on several task forces and committees. She is currently serving as a member of the AVMA Economic Strategy Committee. Dr. Grice is a frequent speaker at educational seminars for veterinarians across the country, as well as leading regional Decade One networking groups for equine veterinarians early in their careers. In addition, she consults with a diverse range of veterinary businesses and collaborates with industry partners to bring business education to veterinarians. Dr. Grice aids with transitions of ownership, strategic planning, financial projections, and other solutions for private practitioners.
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Rebecca graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Agricultural Communications with a concentration in Animal Science. She found the intersection of her passions, communications and the livestock industry, when she joined the GVL team in 2016. Rebecca started as a member of the customer success team before joining the marketing team. In her role as Marketing Communications Coordinator, she manages GVL partnerships and events, works with the sales and customer success teams to develop training resources for our customers and leads webinars and demos.
Kevin achieved a Bachelors in Animal Science From Delaware Valley University. His work after graduating was centered around Equine Facility Management and Training. Kevin had a successful career as a FEI Trainer in Dressage and Combined driving, prior to his sales experience. Kevin joined the GVL team as a territory manager in 2017. His relationships with veterinarians during his time as a trainer is what drew Kevin into beginning his sales career. His professional sales career began in 2005. Kevin’s experience includes digital imaging sales and product development manager, equine nutrition specialist, Texas distribution territory manager and national sales rep with equine and canine hyper immunized plasma products.