Welcome to Southwest
Your Horse Deserves The Best
At Southwest Equine Hospital your horse's health and well-being are our top priorities.
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!
BREEDING and NEONATAL CARE
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).
POOR-PERFORMANCE and SOUNDNESS EXAMS
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.
DENTAL CARE / DENTAL SURGERY
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.
EMERGENCY / ELECTIVE SURGERY
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.
HORMONAL ISSUES and NUTRITION
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.
6001 E Bell Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
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.
Ashley Alward, DVM, DACVIM
Owner, Specialist- Internal Medicine
Dr. Alward is Board Certified in Equine Internal Medicine. She has a special interest in equine emergency / critical care and specializes in complex medical conditions. She has a keen interest in neck and back pathology / poor performance of the equine athlete. Dr. Alward is also passionate about dental care- she sees a lot of horses with Dr. Henry! She mostly practices in the hospital- with limited ambulatory appointments that book quickly!
Katheryn Browne, DVM
Dr. Browne is extensively trained in internal medicine and pending Board Certification. She loves foals most of all, but is passionate about making your horse feel better. She does limited ambulatory services upon request.
Alexia Ferrante, DVM
Dr. Ferrante is from Italy and has been working with Dr. Alward for the past 2 years while studying to take her foreign veterinarian licensing examination. We are looking forward to having her licensed in time for the 2023 breeding season since she loves reproduction! She has been an invaluable asset in our endocrinology and nutritional patient management. She is not currently taking appointments, but 2023 is not too far away!
Kelsey Naftel, DVM
Dr. Naftel loves all things with hooves. She is passionate about 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. You can ask her about your goat or pig (but please don't ask the other doctors because they probably will just say "ask Dr. Kelsey"!)