Horsing Around at RMC
Dr. Ray Randall looks like a man who means business. Cowboy hat tipped up and gloves snapped on, this doctor of veterinary medicine doesn’t play around when it comes to animals. Unless you find him playing with his dog, Ruby – then you’ll see his serious side relax and his face give way to a big grin and the warm eyes of a man who just loves animals.
Originally from Miles City, Mont., Dr. Ray grew up observing his uncles in their veterinary practices. After graduating from Colorado State University, he secured an internship at the University of Minnesota in large animal surgery and later bought his own practice in Bridger, Mont.
Joining RMC’s equestrian staff in 1990, Dr. Ray teaches equine preventative medicine, helping students learn common equine health practices and how to establish horse health programs.
“Basically, we teach them how to stay out of trouble when it comes to their horse’s health,” he says, “and how to respond if they do get into trouble.”
When wobbly-legged newborn foals signal spring at the barn, Dr. Ray teaches reproduction and growth, acquainting students with the normal activities of mares, stallions, and foals. Advanced reproduction students work with Dr. Ray at his veterinary practice, learning the processes of artificial insemination, breeding mares, and hands-on care for mares and foals.
Dr. Ray holds a Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) card – certifying him to care for horses at Olympic and international sporting events. Serving at endurance rides or reining horse events throughout Canada, the United States, Guatemala, Portugal, Japan, Germany, Central America, and the Middle East, Dr. Ray travels extensively while caring for the welfare of horses.
Dr. Ray brings knowledge gained from FEI events back to campus, where he also cares for RMC equestrian students’ horses, which are either owned or leased by the College or brought by the students.
Dr. Ray has cared for many horses and watched many RMC students develop into successful graduates.
“They don’t just know how to ride,” he says. “They receive personal attention here that allows them to become knowledgeable, ethical members of the equine business community.”