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Dr. Russell Freeland, DVM, DACVS-LA

Pre-Purchase Exams with Dr. Russ Freeland

Posted: August 2022
Length: 24:15
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Watch as Dr. Russ Freeland talks about Pre-Purchase Exams

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Watch as Dr. Russ Freeland talks about pre-purchase exams.

Dr. Russ Freeland talks about pre-purchase exams and their importance. A pre-purchase exam is done for the buyer to ensure the horse will be a good match for the individual and suitable for the role they are expected to fill.

When performing a pre-purchase exam, it's essential that you pick a veterinarian with experience within your discipline.The buyer should prepare for the exam and try not to get too attached to the horse in case the exam does not go as expected. During the exam, the veterinarian will go through the preparation steps with the buyer and look at the horse's medical history. The veterinarian will then perform the exam, including imaging and lab work, if needed. 

Getting a pre-purchase exam is a vital part of the buying process to ensure your new horse will be the right one for you. Watch to learn more about pre-purchase exams!

About The Expert

Dr. Russell Freeland, DVM, DACVS-LA
Hagyard Equine Medical Institute

Dr. Freeland grew up in agriculture in southwest Louisiana. He attended Louisiana State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, he spent a year in a general and referral large animal private practice in Colorado as an intern. Following his internship, Dr. Freeland worked in upstate New York in a general and referral equine practice prior to starting a large animal surgery residency. Dr. Freeland was trained in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery as well as sports medicine at the University of Wisconsin. During this time, he also performed research in the area of equine wound management. Dr. Freeland has a special interest in orthopedics and lameness in the performance horse. He is a board-certified large animal surgeon by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Freeland has spent the last four years in private practice in Texas.

Outside of practice, Dr. Freeland enjoys the outdoors, spending most of his free time hunting, fishing, flying, and diving.

Photo: Courtesy of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute