Candlewood Equine Sells Practice

After a long career dedicated to providing the best care possible for his patients and their owners, Dr. Ronald Emond has decided to close candlewood Equine and start a new chapter in his life. He plans to work part time in the New Hampshire/Maine area so he can work less and enjoy his family and grandchildren.

Dunbarton Equine located in Brookfield, CT will be taking over the care of Dr. Emond’s ambulatory clients. They specialize in veterinary services for the sport and pleasure horse.

Dunbarton Equine
PO Box 599, Brookfield, CT
Phone: 203-775-5561

Dr. Emond’s reproductive clients are being referred to Rhinebeck Equine and Millbrook Equine who will continue to offer advanced reproductive services for the mare, foal and stallion.

Rhinebeck Equine                                                                Millbrook Equine
26 Losee Lane                                                                        3967 US-44
Rhinebeck, NY 12572                                                          Millbrook, NY 12545
Phone: 845-876-7085                                                          Phone: 845-677-5500                                   

Transitioning between veterinary clinics is not easy, but Candlewood Equine feels confident leaving our patients in these capable hands and ask that you give their teams a chance to earn the trust you have placed in us.


Ronald J. Emond, DVM

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

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  • 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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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