Dr. Kristian Rhein | Empire Veterinary Group, Owner

Dr. Kristian Rhein is the owner of Empire Veterinary Group based at Belmont Park Racetrack. Dr. Rhein is a renowned expert in thediagnosis and treatment of lameness and performance issues, attracting clients from all over the world.

After receiving his BS in Biology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he attended North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.  While attending veterinary school Dr. Rhein spent his summers working at Overbook Farm in Lexington, KY.  He then completed an internship in medicine and surgery at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital.

Upon completing his internship Dr. Rhein began practicing veterinary medicine in Kentucky serving farms, sales, training centers, Turfway Park, and Keeneland Racecourse.  He then moved to New York to practice at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Racecourse. Dr. Rhein travels all over the United States to farms, training centers and racetracks to examine and treat horses.  He also works for international clients in Europe, Saudi Arabia and Dubai. Dr. Rhein also has an interest in Eastern Medicine and has advanced certification in equine veterinary acupuncture, training under Dr. Xie at the Chi Institute in Ocala, FL.

His greatest professional joy remains being part of a winning team; helping horses and owners make good decisions to advance equine health and maximize performance. Notable winners include: two Breeders’ Cup classics, the Dubai World Cup, the Kentucky Derby, multiple Preakness Stakes, multiple Belmont Stakes, and multiple graded stakes throughout the country. Dr. Rhein lives on Long Island with his wife and 2 children.

Dr. Don Cohen, PhD | University of Kentucky

Dr. Don Cohen (Professor) received his PhD in microbiology and immunology from the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine and performed a postdoctoral fellowship in cellular and cancer immunology at the Medical College of Virginia. He has been a faculty member in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Kentucky and a member of the UK Markey Cancer Center for over 30 years, where he has been awarded numerous grants from the NIH and other scientific agencies to investigate the immune responses against cancer and infectious diseases. Dr. Cohen has published over 115 scientific articles on his immunological research efforts. He is also the scientific director of the UK Flow Cytometry and Cell Sorting Facility, which provides university researchers with specialized techniques to characterize and purify cancer cells, normal cells and microbes.


Dr. Keith Brown,DMV, DACVS | Owner Brown Equine Hospital