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Welcome to Southwest 


Your Horse Deserves The Best

At Southwest Equine Hospital your horse's health and well-being are our top priorities.


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Whether it be a colic, laceration or other unexpected event,  our veterinarians are available 24 hours a day to provide emergency care for your horse. 


We provide on the farm routine care for all horses.  Vaccination, health examinations, de-worming programs, nutritional consultation. We believe preventing your horse from becoming ill is the best medicine we can provide.


Drs. Alward and Browne specialize in internal medicine and infectious diseases. Gastric ulcer management, colic treatment, chronic coughs, neurologic disease or any horse that "just isn't right"- they love helping the horses that need their expertise!


Dr. Browne and Dr. Ferrante love foals!!!  Making babies, healthy babies, sick babies... they are the dream team when it comes to reproduction (Dr. Ferrante) and neonatal care (Drs. Browne and Alward have extensive experience treating critically ill foals).


Dr. Alward is particularly passionate about helping athletes perform at their best. She likes to look at the whole picture  to find those troublesome areas of pain that can be missed on routine lameness exams. She places extra emphasis on the head / neck and spine and their relationship to overall performance.

We also perform comprehensive pre-purchase examinations and routine soundness examinations.  


Our veterinarians are particularly passionate about routine and interventional dental care. We partner with internationally renowned dental surgeon Dr. Travis Henry to bring the very best in dental care to the horses of Arizona, Southern California and Nevada.

Foal Care at Southwest Equine

All of our veterinarians are keen on making sure that your horse is receiving a proper and balanced diet, particularly if they have hormonal dysregulation (Cushing's, Insulin Resistance, Thyroid dysfunction).  Dr. Ferrante in particular is our "go-to" person for horses with special dietary needs.


Southwest Equine has a state-of-the-art anesthesia & surgical facility fully equipped to meet the surgical needs of our patients. From emergency colic surgery to cryptorchids and foals with ruptured bladders, we strive to provide the best intra- and post-operative care possible.  

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Southwest Equine Hospital, Horse Hospital Arizona, Equine Veterinarian Arizo
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6001 E Bell Rd

Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Telephone:  480-998-9460

Afterhours Emergency: 480-250-1129

Fax number: 480-483-3482


8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Monday - Friday


Available for Emergencies

Hospital: 24 hours / day, 365 days / year

Ambulatory:  Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Rio Verde. Based upon veterinarian availability.

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Ashley Alward, DVM, DACVIM, Veterinarian, Equine Medicine Specialist

Ashley Alward, DVM, DACVIM

Specialist- Internal Medicine 

Owner- Southwest Equine

Focus- Poor Performance, Dentistry, Acupuncture

Dr. Alward is Board Certified in Equine Internal Medicine. She focuses on complex medical conditions and poor performance  in the equine athlete.  She particularly  enjoys helping horses with neck and back pathology.  Dr. Alward is also passionate about dental care- she sees a lot of horses with Dr. Henry!  She is trained in acupuncture. Dr. Alward mostly practices in the hospital- with limited ambulatory appointments that book quickly!

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Katheryn Browne, DVM, DACVIM

Specialist- Internal Medicine

Focus- Foals, Critical Care, Neurology, Cardiology, Endocrinology

Dr. Browne is Board Certified in Equine  Internal Medicine.  She loves foals most of all, but is passionate about all aspects of internal medicine, particularly neurology, colic and cardiology. She provides the majority of our critical care services in the hospital, but also enjoys time spent on ambulatory general practice, especially helping horses with metabolic syndrome and Cushings.

Alexia Ferrante, DVM

Reproduction, General Practice

Dr. Ferrante is from Italy but loves Arizona!  She is passionate about reproduction (AI, embryo transfers) and all things foal-related.  She also enjoys preventive care and general wellness of our equine friends.  Dentistry, vaccines, emergencies- she is there for your horse with a true desire to keep him/her happy, healthy and comfortable. She has a keen eye for lameness and is excellent at pre-purchase examinations!

Kelsey Naftel, DVM

General Practice

Dr. Naftel was our new graduate veterinarian for 2022-2023.  We have loved having her with us and we wish her the best as she moves to Colorado in June 2023 to continue her large animal veterinary career.  She will be missed!

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