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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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
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!