Dr. Kristian Rhein, DVM, CVA | Empire Veterinary Group, Owner
Dr. Kristian Rhein is the owner of Empire Veterinary Group based at Belmont Park. Dr. Rhein is a renowned expert in the diagnosis 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 degree. 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 internships Dr. Rhein began practicing veterinary medicine in Kentucky serving farms, 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. Keith Brown, DMV, DACVS | Brown Equine Hospital, Owner
Dr. Keith Brown received his undergraduate education from Otterbein College in Columbus, Ohio. He then attended The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2001. After graduation, he completed an internship at Rood & Riddle Equine hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. He then completed a three-year Residency in Equine Surgery at Michigan State University where he was awarded a board certification in veterinary surgery. Upon completion of his residency program he returned to work at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital from May of 2005 until July of 2006, at which time he returned to Pennsylvania and started Brown Equine Hospital with his wife, Dr. Jennifer Brown in 2007.
Brown Equine Hospital is an emergency referral hospital that treats horses from across the United States and Canada. Brown Equine Hospital is highly regarded in the Draft Horse discipline and in Standardbred Racing and breeding. Dr. Brown is proud to work with some of the leading horses and harness racing trainers in the US and Canada.