Elizabeth  Rowland – Receptionist

Liz Rowland is the newest member of our staff and is a vital part of our healthcare team. She is the friendly voice on the phone who coordinates communication between our clients and Dr. Emond. She handles many of our routine office functions including scheduling and billing, as well as addressing client questions or concerns. Her compassionate nature, love of animals and strong work ethics provide our clients excellent service as they seek diagnosis and treatment for their horse’s medical problems.

Liz comes to Candlewood Equine with a diverse background in many areas of equine care. She spent 10 years as a member of Fairfield County 4-H, during which she rode in the drill team, helped to create an Equine Fire Safety program for firefighters and horse owners, and competed at state and national levels in Hippology and Quiz Bowl. After high school, she spent time in Australia where she volunteered at an equine rescue and rehabilitation facility, and studied equine science at both UConn and Post University. She also spent seven summers as Director of the Horse Activity Program at Hartford County 4-H Camp.

When not handling the day to day office functions at Candlewood Equine, Liz can be found in her hometown of Oxford working hard alongside her father to keep the family farm viable and productive into its second century. Her animal companions include a herd of Boer goats, four horses, and her German Shepherd, Kylie.

Melissa Larkin – Veterinary Technician


We would like to welcome Melissa Larkin, our new veterinary technician who joined our team in August 2017 and will now be assisting Dr. Emond on his day-to-day calls. Melissa comes to us with a wide range of veterinary experience. After graduating from college, Melissa completed an internship at the Equine Therapy Centre in Gloucester, England where she assisted in the rehabilitation of equine patients including therapy on the high speed and Aquafit water treadmill. Her experience also includes an interesting position working at the Metropolitan Veterinary House Calls practice in New York City where she performed house calls with the attending veterinarian.

Melissa lives in Oxford and has been actively involved in the horse industry for over 8 years as Barn Manager, Coach and Trainer with eventing being her main discipline. In her spare moments she enjoys riding her own horse, Nadia, a standardbred mare that she has had for ten years.

With her extensive professional horse handling experience and personal horse ownership, Melissa will be a valuable asset to our practice and play a vital role in providing quality care to our patients. We hope you get a chance to meet her next time we visit your farm!

Candlewood Equine Support Staff

Other individuals provide assistance in the day-to-day operations of our equine clinic.  We are thankful for the wonderful care and treatment they give our equine patients and hopefully, upon visiting, you will be able to meet them.