Dr. Richard Markell
Equine Veterinarian

Ranch & Coast Equine Practice, Inc.

1306 El Camino Court
Encinitas, CA 92024
Ph: 760-942-2884

Born: March 4, 1959
Married with one 11 year old Son.
Education: North Hollywood High School 


  • 1977-1978 Undergraduate work in Chemistry and Biology at Cal Poly University, Pomona, CA
  • 1979-1981 University of Missouri, Columbia, B.S. Degree
  • 1981-1985 University of Missouri, Columbia, Doctorate (D.V.M.)
  • 1985-1987 Canyon Equine Clinic, Rancho California.  Six Doctor equine specialty practice.
  • 1985-Present, Expert witness multiple equine law suits, including one in Germany.
  • 1988-Present, Ranch & Coast Equine Practice, Inc. - Practice limited to equine sports medicine with 100% of practice in Hunter/Jumper and Dressage disciplines, special interest orthopedics.
  • 1990-Present, FEI International Veterinarian - Accredited in show jumping and dressage.
  • 1990-Present, Treating Veterinarian (official and private) for multiple international horse shows
  • 1990-Present, Consultant to members of the American, Canadian, Argentine, Japanese, French and Mexican Olympic Teams as a private treating veterinarian.
  • 1992 Official Veterinarian, World Cup Show Jumping Finals, Del Mar, California.
  • 1994 Assistant Veterinarian, World Championship, U.S. Equestrian Team, Den Haag, Netherlands.
  • 1996 President, Veterinary Commission World Cup Dressage Final, Los Angeles, California.
  • 1998-Present - Multiple trips per year to Europe to perform Pre-Purchase Examinations in excess of 250 horses for clients; treating veterinarian for clients showing in Europe, as well as consultations for European and European based clients. (Germany, Holland, Belgium, United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Ireland and Canada)
  • 1996-1998 AAEP Pre-Purchase Committee, Participated in structuring policy and procedure guidelines for Pre-Purchase examinations for AAEP.  Authored articles for the AAEP Report (a quarterly report sent to AAEP veterinarians worldwide).
  • 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 Chief Treating Veterinarian, FEI World Cup Show Jumping and Dressage Finals, Las Vegas,  Nevada.
  • 1999-Present – Expert witness consultant multiple legal cases.
  • 2003-2009, Treating Veterinarian, World Cup Show Jumping & Dressage Finals, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2000, 2004, 2008 Official Veterinarian, Olympic Selection Trials, San Juan Capistrano, California
  • 2005 Treating Veterinarian, Las Vegas International Grand Prix
  • 2006 FEI Veterinarian, World Cup Show Jumping Qualifier.
  • 2006-2009 Speaker/Presenter American Association of Equine Practitioners Annual Convention.
  • 2008 Olympic Games Veterinary Selection Committee, United States Equestrian Team, San Juan Capistrano
  • 2009 Recipient of the Michael Lewis Friends of Disabled Award



-American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP)

-International Veterinary Acupuncture Society

-American Veterinary Medical Association


Markell's Video Topics:

Dr. Richard Markell: Behind the Scenes at the 2009 World Cup Finals, Las Vegas

A rare glimpse of the accommodations provided to the equine elite competing at the 2009 World Cup Finals. Dr. Markell has a back stage pass and youʼre invited to go along to see what these jet set horses experience outside the show ring, from air travel to quarantine. 

Running Time: 7 minutes and 8 seconds

Sport Horse Medicine Today with Dr. Markell

Dr. Richard Markell reveals the many factors that veterinarians consider when making a diagnosis on todayʼs equine athletes.

Running Time: 9 minutes and 44 seconds