In 2007 Dr. Koontz called a meeting with several veterinarians to explore the idea of having a local equine hospital. All of the veterinarians at the meeting agreed that we needed a local surgical and medical hospital to attend to the needs of the horses in our area. As we worked on a plan it became apparent that no one practice had the caseload to support a facility like the one we envisioned. The only way to get the project done correctly was to combine practices. In the years that we worked on the project, for various reasons, several veterinarians that were originally interested eventually dropped out. In the end Dr. Conley and Dr. Koontz combined to become Conley and Koontz Equine Hospital Inc. Dr. Rothenbuhler was hired as our first board certified specialist; he soon became involved in planning and developing our hospital. We opened our doors on January 1, 2010 and have been accomplishing the goal of providing the highest quality medical, surgical, and referral services for horses in our area.