Dr. Ryan Lee is very passionate about the care and maintenance of the equine athlete. As a family man, you may see him out in the community when he is not working on horses playing sports with kids. He can be found coaching his and other children in soccer, baseball, and basketball in the College Station city leagues. Dr. Lee’s family consists of his wife of 18years, Kristina, who works in College Station for ST Joseph’s Regional Health System. Dr. and Mrs. Lee have three children. They are members of Christ United Methodist Church, and he is a lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association. He also maintains an active professional membership in the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Ryan Lee was raised in and around the greater Navarro County area.
Through his associations like the FFA, and working in rural Navarro County from childhood to his high school graduation in 1994, Dr. Lee was very active in agricultural pursuits involving both horses and cattle. Later during undergrad at Texas A&M (BS Animal Science ’98), Dr. Lee was a member of the TAMU Livestock Judging Team, he was the manager of a small ranch, and owned and operated a small business (LXR Ag-Services, LLC) catering to cattle ranchers, horse owners, and exotics all over Texas, southern Colorado, and New Mexico.
After achieving his master’s degree from TAMU, Dr. Lee taught high school Agricultural Science at A&M Consolidated High School in College Station. As an FFA advisor, he celebrated many successes with his students in the show ring and coaching livestock and horse judging teams. But still, after two years of teaching, he decided to pursue his passion for veterinary medicine and was accepted to veterinary school.
During veterinary school, Dr. Lee was very focused and active in large animal medicine.
During his senior year he worked in research on equine colic and co-authored a paper published in JAVMA, “Outcome of medical and surgical treatment of cecal impaction in horses: 114 cases (1994–2004).”
Also during his 4th year, he performed summer work at Idaho Equine Hospital where he focused his study of the equine athlete to a discipline of equine sports medicine. This experience offered exposure to many facets of the equine industry, from working with the wild horses of the BLM program to the abundance of working cow horses & reiners in Idaho.
Perhaps it was all the working cow horses, or the scenery and cool mountain air, either way Dr. Lee was lured back to southwestern Idaho to work at Idaho Equine Hospital (IEH). IEH, an exclusively equine, sports medicine hospital in Nampa, Idaho. This hospital, staff, and clientele facilitated his pursuit of further study in Equine Sports Medicine & Lameness. After leaving Idaho, Dr. Lee enjoyed devoloping the equine practice as an associate at the newly formed Madisonville Veterinary Hospital. After leaving Madisonville, Dr. Lee worked at another referral sports medicine hospital in Bryan before starting his own practice, South 40 Equine.