The caption on the large mural that greets incoming passengers in the Lexington airport says simply, “The world’s premier equine practice since 1876”. Lexington’s Hagyard Equine Medical Institute identifies the world’s most comprehensive and most advanced establishment in the world for promoting and sustaining equine health.
|Hagyard Poster in Blue Grass Airport, Lexington, KY|
|Marathon Driving Competition, World Equestrian Games, Lexington, KY|
Unique Five-generation Legacy: The Hagyard family of veterinarians dates to 1839 when Edward Thomas Hagyard graduated from the Edinburgh Veterinary College in Scotland. He emigrated to Canada a decade later and established a veterinary practice in Ontario.
The family veterinary lineage continued though two Cornell graduates: Dr. Edward Hagyard Fallon (nephew of Dr. Charles Hagyard), and his son, Dr. Luke Hagyard Fallon. The practice now employs about 60 veterinarians, making it one of the largest aggregations of equine veterinarians in the world.
Through the years, the medical and surgical care of horses has grown in sophistication and quality, often led by veterinarians at the Hagyard practice. The campus also provides instruction to 200 upper class veterinary students who arrive from veterinary colleges around the country (and the world) for two- to four-week clerkships; and interns who spend one year developing their clinical skills following graduation.