Irongate Equine Clinic is a full service, ambulatory equine practice practicing out of Madison, WI. The practice is composed of a group of compassionate, experienced veterinarians and support staff committed to providing state of the art care while maintaining enduring, personal relationships with their clients and equine patients.
Dr. Ketover’s love of horses came honestly – his grandfather served in the cavalry in World War I and later owned a horse farm in New Jersey. Dr. Ketover grew up all over the United States, learning to ride in the hunter/jumper arena along the way. Now, he shares his passion for horses with his family and clients. In addition to his veterinary work, Dr. Ketover facilitated the development of the Wisconsin Large Animal Emergency Response (WLAER), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that responds to large animal emergencies like down and entrapped animals, trailer accidents, and mud/water rescues. WLAER also prioritizes education, teaching first responders and veterinarians throughout the state. You can read more about Dr. Ketover’s work with WLAER in this article focusing on the increasing need for technical rescue training.
Lauren Alderman , DVM, CVA
Dr. Alderman has been a lover of horses for nearly her entire a life. A Wisconsin native, her mother introduced her to horses when she was just eight years old, and used the opportunity teaching her daughter about horses to jump back into the horse world as well. In the early years, she did a little bit of every discipline, but when she was introduced to polo at age twelve, she never looked back. She was an officer on the UW-Madison Polo Club, and now competes with the Madison Polo Club. Dr. Alderman is quite experienced working with senior horses, as she personally owns one 32 year old, blind Arabian horse, and one 38 year old Polo pony. Both are happily retired and living the good life.
Lisa Nesson , DVM
Dr. Nesson was born and raised in South Central Wisconsin on a dairy goat farm, riding her cousin’s ponies whenever she got the chance. Dr. Nesson’s great grandfather raced Standardbreds in county fairs all over the state, and she knew horses were her own calling when she fell in love with American Saddlebreds in high school. In college, Dr. Nesson was given her first horse, CHF Master Plan, aka Rebel, who she still has to this day. Today, Dr. Nesson and her family raise, train, and enjoy their own Saddlebreds. Dr. Nesson also enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion for equine health care with many organizations throughout the Midwest, including the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, Wisconsin Equine Practitioners Association, and the American Saddlebred Association of Wisconsin. Additionally, Dr. Nesson provides veterinary care at horse shows throughout the state and enjoys speaking at 4-H clubs, Wisconsin equine organizations, and the Midwest Horse Fair. Dr. Nesson also served as a past president of that Wisconsin Equine Practitioners Association.
Pat Griffin , DVM, PhD, DACT
During his graduate work, Dr. Griffin’s research focused on the interactions between the maternal environment and the embryo and fetus. He has published numerous scientific papers on this and other subjects, and is an active member of numerous professional organizations involved in equine veterinary and reproductive medicine. Dr. Griffin has been in private practice for the last 20 years, specializing in equine reproduction. He practiced first in the Central Valley of California for 5 years and, subsequently, in Madison, Wisconsin for the last 15 years. Dr. Griffin’s professional and research interests are wide-ranging and include the assessment and management of the high-risk broodmare, as well as the development of objective methods for evaluation of stallion fertility. He has extensive experience in management of the problem broodmare, management of the mare for artificial insemination using cooled or frozen semen, embryo transfer, and the cryopreservation of stallion semen. In addition, he maintains a strong interest in lameness evaluation and therapy.