Goats / Sheep
Dogs / Cats
A love of horses, dogs, cats and just about all other creatures, combined with a desire to help people enjoy their animals, led Dr. Dale Rice to become a veterinarian.
After raising his family and a long successful career in animal/food safety, quality and research, he was accepted into vet school as the oldest student in his class. His path to his life long goal was long, but in 2009 he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University.
Dr. Rice is now living his dream of caring for horses and smaller animals, and helping people enjoy spending time with their animals.
Preventative medicine is Dr. Rice’s special interest. He believes preventing disease and injury are the best way to insure that owners have the best experience and maximum time with happy and healthy horses. Equine dentistry, parasitology, nutrition and management are additional areas of Dr. Rice’s expertise.
Currently Dr. Rice’s academic interest include researching E. coli 0157:H7 in cattle via a grant from Colorado State University. He has been a speaker at the University of Georgia’s Center for Food Safety where he presented his research on utilizing satellite imaging to predict food safety risks for animal agriculture facilities. He continues to consult in food/meat industry on safety and quality issues.
Dr. Rice received his B.S. in Animal Science from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, and next a Master of Agriculture from University of Connecticut. His successful career eventually lead him to be the Vice President of Food Safety and Quality Assurance for the division of Nestle Foods that manufactured Hot Pocket sandwiches.
Dr. Rice and his wive, Brenda, live in Elizabeth with three horses, three dogs, two cats, one llama and a couple of goldfish. He enjoys simple trail riding, with the occasional horse camping and pack trip thrown in for fun. He and his wife love living amongst all the glory of the Colorado mountains.
Feel free to ask him about his wife, sons, daughter in-law, grandchildren or animals, but expect to hear every detail about how they are the joy of his life!
What animals do you treat?
What animals do you not treat?
What are your hours? What if I have a pet emergency and I can’t contact you?
I understand you make house calls: What areas do you serve/how far will you drive?
Do you charge a travel fee? Yes, all vets that make “housecalls” do.
What can’t you do at my location?
Do you have an office that I can bring my pet to?
If you have questions please call me at
or email me.