Cave Creek Equine Surgical and Diagnostic Imaging Center
Arizona Equine Imaging

Meet our Doctors


Dr. Martin Vidal, BVSc, MS, PhD, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVSMR who started his horse career on the racetrack when he was 14, is double-boarded by the American Colleges of Veterinary Equine Surgery as well as Sport Medicine and Rehabilitation and is one of the pioneers in the area of stem cell research and its therapeutic application.

Dr. Vidal began his undergraduate and graduate education at the University of Wisconsin and then completed his veterinary training in 2000 at the University of Liverpool. Dr. Vidal started his career in private practice in the UK at the Minster Equine Veterinary Clinic and in Australia where he completed his internship at the Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital. During his internship Dr. Vidal frequently treated injured horses with bone marrow transfers, an early form of equine regenerative therapy for tendon and ligament injuries. This experience motivated Dr. Vidal to pursue further post-graduate work in stem cell biology at Louisiana State University, where he also completed his residency in equine surgery.

Dr. Vidal was among the first to publish on equine stem cell research and in 2004, he worked with the LSU veterinary clinical faculty to establish one of the first university-based stem cell services in the country.   Dr. Vidal’s work was awarded by the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians and the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, Inc., and eventually recognized by the University California-Davis Veterinary Medical Hospital, which extended Dr. Vidal a teaching and clinical position to advance their own efforts in stem cell therapy.  Through his clinical and research work at UC Davis from 2008 to 2014, Dr. Vidal and his colleagues helped to advance the understanding of equine stem cell biology and application methods of regenerative therapy for tendon and ligament injuries in the horse. Dr. Vidal has frequently presented on equine regenerative medicine at national and international scientific and veterinary conferences as well as in varying equestrian communities and has published in both equine and human research journals. 

Dr. Vidal and Dr. Ross Rich, who founded Cave Creek Equine Surgical and Diagnostic Imaging Center in 2002, started collaborating on research in the stem cell area in 2014 after meeting at a regenerative medicine conference.  Dr. Vidal and Dr. Rich have worked alongside each other at the clinic since January 2015, and in April 2015, Dr. Vidal purchased the practice from Dr. Rich.

Dr. Vidal draws on his academic background as well as his deep passion for the horse to work with his clients to find the most effective treatments and rehabilitation programs. Dr. Vidal’s primary clinical interests focus on equine sport medicine and surgery and in particular lameness evaluation, imaging and equine orthopedic diseases. His surgical emphasis lies in orthopedic, minimally invasive as well as upper respiratory procedures.

Dr. Vidal serves on the Veterinary and Research Committees of the American Endurance Ride Chapter (AERC) and is an FEI veterinarian for the endurance discipline.  He resides in the Rio Verde area of North Scottsdale with his family and loves to train Karate and play polo.


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F. Ross Rich, DVM, PA-C Dr. Rich was born and raised in Arizona and competed successfully as a youth in the American Quarter Horse Association. He is a fourth generation Arizonan. He spent 7 years in the US Army Special Forces (Vietnam era), Dr. Rich did his undergraduate and graduate education at Duke University. He practiced human orthopedics, sports medicine, and sports medicine rehab as a Physician Assistant at Duke University Medical Center for 8 years, in the 1980's. Rekindling his interest in horses, Dr. Rich returned to school and received a doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) at North Carolina State University in 1990. Following veterinary school, he completed a 4 year surgical internship and residency in Equine Surgery at New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Rich has been a practicing veterinary surgeon working exclusively with horses since 1990. He returned to Arizona in 1994. In 2002, Dr. Rich opened the doors to Cave Creek Equine Surgical & Diagnostic Imaging Center. Dr. Rich is an ISELP trained lameness and diagnostic imaging specialist, and an expert in the treatment of orthopedic injuries with Regenerative Medicine (Stem Cells, IRAP, PRP).
Dr. Rich can be contacted either by calling the clinic or e-mailing him directly at drrich@cavecreekequine.com




Elaine Carpenter, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS board Certified Equine Surgeon Dr. Carpenter came to Cave Creek Equine Surgical Center in February of 2011. She attended veterinary school and LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She performed her equine internship at Arizona Equine Medical and Surgical Centre and went on to an Equine Surgical Residency at Colorado State University, where she earned her board certification in Equine Surgery. She has been practicing equine surgery and lameness as a board certified specialist since 2000, and enjoys working on the hard to identify, challenging lameness cases. She also has a special interest in medicine (conditions that do not require surgery) and ophthalmology. Dr. Carpenter is an adjunct professor at Midwestern Veterinary School in Glendale, AZ. She also teaches the Equine Anatomy and Physiology class at Scottsdale Community College. 
 In her spare time she enjoys backpacking, rock climbing, kayaking, and riding her motorcycle at the track.
Dr. Carpenter can be contacted either by calling the clinic or e-mailing her directly at carpenter@cavecreekequine.com