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 enjoying a long successful career in animal/food safety, quality and research, he was accepted into vet school as the oldest student in his class. The path to this lifelong 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 while 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 ways 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 focus. Currently Dr. Rice’s academic interests 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. Success in his food safety 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 lives in Elizabeth, with his 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 Brenda, his wife, love living among all the glory of the Rocky 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!