Welcome to Candlewood Equine, LLC
Your Veterinarian in Bridgewater, Ct 
Call us at 860-355-7770

Broodmare or Stallion.  Performance Horse or Family Pet.  Your horse is our number one concern.  Candlewood Equine is a full service equine reproductive clinic and mobile practice committed to providing our clients and their horses the quality care they deserve and expect.  We offer on-farm veterinary services ranging from preventative medicine to advanced dentistry, pre-purchase exams, lameness, sport horse medicine and specialized reproductive procedures for the mare and stallion.

Our in-house/referral reproductive clinic has a reputation for excellence using the latest fertility techniques such as embryo transfer for the mare while providing a comprehensive stallion breeding program including cooling, freezing, shipment and storage of semen.

With clients throughout Southwestern Connecticut and New York, Candlewood Equine offers 24-hour emergency care with in-clinic and farm call services.

Giving Back

Candlewood Equine is dedicated to helping horses and the people they serve by donating resources and services to charitable organizations; such as the AAEP Foundation. Through research and donations horses are better…
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Happy Vet Tech Week to our Assistant - Melissa!
This week is National Veterinary Technician Week.  The American Veterinary Medical Association dedicates this week to recognize and, honor vet techs commitment to compassionate, high-quality veterinary care for all animals.  Our vet techs remember that single case that broke their hearts, filled them with love, or brought them to tears from
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At Candlewood Equine, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

Dr. Ronald Emond 
Bridgewater Veterinarian | Candlewood Equine, LLC | 860-355-7770

2 Beaver Pond Lane
Bridgewater, CT  06752

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Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Ronald J. Emond, DVM, MS

    Dr. Ronald Emond was born and raised in New Britain, Connecticut. He attained his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania, a Masterʼs Degree in Biochemistry at the University of Connecticut and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in 1985. He began his training in equine reproduction while working at a prominent breeding farm in Paris, Kentucky where he was lucky enough to personally handle Secretariat, who was standing at stud at the time.

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  • Elizabeth Rowland

    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  

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  • 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.

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  • Debbie Emond
    Practice Manager

    Debbie has been our Practice Manager for 27 years and has been involved in every aspect of the practice since her marriage to Dr. Emond in 1991.  She is a long standing resident of Bridgewater, Ct where she grew up as a child and returned with Ron and their three children in 1994 to build their home and practice.

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  • Select the Right Saddle

    The right saddle will make a significant difference for both you and your horse and ensure a safe, balanced and relaxing ride. Comfort is key; if the rear of the saddle is up after you cinch the saddle on your horse, or if the saddle wants to roll after you place it on, the saddle is not the correct ...

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  • Why You Need to Keep Stalls Clean

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  • Caring for Senior Horses

    With proactive veterinary care, horses can live well into their late 20s and early 30s. In fact, the average life expectancy for most horses is now between 28 and 33 years. Basic senior wellness care includes dental care, balanced nutrition, and hoof care. This care ensures horses remain healthy and ...

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  • Coupling Equine Nutrition & Acupuncture

    Integrated medical care for horses has been shown to not only enhance their overall performance in competition, but benefit their everyday well being. According to the International Veterinary Acupuncture Association, acupuncture can be effective to both prevent illness and treat specific equine health ...

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  • Prevent Incurable Horse Virus

    Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV) is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito, advises the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The virus is rare and causes inflammation of the brain called encephalitis. Animals, especially horses, are vulnerable to this infection. "All equine cases are ...

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  • Preventing Thrush in Horses

    Thrush is a bacterial infection, and one of the most common diseases, affecting horses’ hooves. You will likely know it when you see — and smell — it. The pungent, tar-like black discharge collects in the sulci, or grooves, along the sides of the frog, the triangular structure that covers about ...

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Read What Our Clients Say

  • "Anyone who knows Ron from his earliest days practicing equine veterinary medicine might recall a little teenaged girl who was his sidekick on many of his calls. That was me! Not only is Dr. Edmond a great equine veterinarian, he was an outstanding mentor, a compassionate professional, and just an all around wonderful human! He is by far the only vet I would trust with my horses and I even contacted him when I had a serious issue that I needed a trusted vet's outlook on 20 years after we last saw each other (I left Connecticut in '91 and have never returned). You cannot do better by your horses than Ron."
    Becky Lambert Hopkins
  • "Thanks for helping me with my horses over the past 8 yrs. You have a great track record with getting my mares in foal 1st time everytime!! 3 of them were Maiden mares .....and the semen quality wasn't always the best!!!"
    Brooke Brown
  • "Dr. Emound is wonderful. He always does what is best for the horse and genuinely connects to them. He has worked with our therapy horses and is sensible and communicates through it all. Liz and Melissa are also amazing to work with. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone. Thank you so much!"
    Jenny Leigh