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Stallion Licensing X-ray Requirements
During the April 7, 2004 AHS Board of Directors conference call, the Mare and Stallion Committee proposed that the board adopt a new policy that would require the x-raying of every new stallion nominated for licensing. This policy would be consistent with the existing practice of the HV in Germany, and the protocol would be modeled after the one currently used in Germany for Hanoverian stallions. The board passed this recommendation unanimously.
Stallion owners will be required to submit a series of specific joint x-rays to the Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., a world-renowned facility with a staff of 200. The following panel of three orthopedic specialists will grade the x-rays:
Deborah Spike-Pierce, DVM
Dr. Spike-Pierce received her DVM from Michigan State University in 1993. She completed an internship at Rood & Riddle and remained on staff as an assistant to an orthopedic surgeon for three years. Currently she is an ambulatory clinician at Rood & Riddle and interprets the majority of field radiographs for their practice. She is also a partner in the practice.
Brett Woodie, DVM, MS, Diplomat ACVS
Dr. Woodie received his DVM from North Carolina State University in 1995. He completed his surgical residency at Ohio State University, and for three years was an Assistant Professor in Large Animal Surgery at Cornell University. He has been a surgeon at Rood & Riddle since the fall of 2003.
Scott Hopper, DVM, MS, Diplomat ACVS
Dr. Hopper received his DVM from the University of Wisconsin in 1993. He completed an internship at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital and a surgical residency at Washington State University. Upon completion of his residency, he returned to Rood & Riddle where he is currently a surgeon. He is also a partner in the practice.
All stallion owners wishing to present a prospective stallion for AHS/HV licensing in will need to contact Executive Director Hugh Bellis-Jones at the AHS Central Office for an x-ray protocol sheet. Stallion owners are encouraged to complete this requirement well in advance of the inspection dates.