HERITAGE

Alamo Pintado Equine was founded by Dr. Doug Herthel, DVM, and Mrs. Sue Herthel together in 1972.  Combining a love for horses and passion for veterinary medicine, Alamo Pintado Equine remains a clinic dedicated to scientific advancement and exceptional care, and committed to the family of veterinarians and staff that work together to deliver successful outcomes for our patients.

THE EVOLUTION OF ALAMO PINTADO EQUINE

Alamo Pintado's roots begin in the humblest of places.  Long before our beautiful clinic, we started as a dream shared by Dr. and Mrs. Herthel during their time together at UC Davis, and evolved over the years into today's Alamo Pintado Equine.

Big Boy — The Horse That Started it All Big Boy was Dr. Herthel's beloved horse for 37 years, helping to foster a love for veterinary medicine. Big Boy remained with Dr. Herthel from his adolescence spent near Calabasas, California, to his time at UC Davis and on to Los Olivos, where Dr. and Mrs. Herthel still live to this day.

Big Boy — The Horse That Started it All

Big Boy was Dr. Herthel's beloved horse for 37 years, helping to foster a love for veterinary medicine. Big Boy remained with Dr. Herthel from his adolescence spent near Calabasas, California, to his time at UC Davis and on to Los Olivos, where Dr. and Mrs. Herthel still live to this day.

Humble Roots — Alamo Pintado's First Clinic Alamo Pintado wasn't always housed in the beautiful clinic we call home today. In the early days, Dr. and Mrs. Herthel operated out of a small house in downtown Los Olivos. Mrs. Herthel assisted Dr. Herthel with surgeries — often taking place on the front lawn — and together they served clients on California's Central Coast out of the back of an orange Chevy Vega.

Humble Roots — Alamo Pintado's First Clinic

Alamo Pintado wasn't always housed in the beautiful clinic we call home today. In the early days, Dr. and Mrs. Herthel operated out of a small house in downtown Los Olivos. Mrs. Herthel assisted Dr. Herthel with surgeries — often taking place on the front lawn — and together they served clients on California's Central Coast out of the back of an orange Chevy Vega.

A Blank Slate — Home to the Future Alamo Pintado Equine Dr. and Mrs. Herthel fell in love with the Los Olivos area on a trip back to Davis, California from the Los Angeles area. They were able to purchase a bare piece of land with the dream of someday building a clinic. As they worked from their makeshift clinic in Los Olivos, they planned the groundbreaking of what would become today's Alamo Pintado Equine.

A Blank Slate — Home to the Future Alamo Pintado Equine

Dr. and Mrs. Herthel fell in love with the Los Olivos area on a trip back to Davis, California from the Los Angeles area. They were able to purchase a bare piece of land with the dream of someday building a clinic. As they worked from their makeshift clinic in Los Olivos, they planned the groundbreaking of what would become today's Alamo Pintado Equine.

From his days at UC Davis, where Dr. Herthel contributed to the advancement of colic surgery techniques to his early years in Los Olivos and the rural Santa Ynez Valley, he and Sue worked toward building Alamo Pintado Equine into what it is today.  The key to Alamo's success has been the dedicated team of veterinarians that have worked shoulder-to-shoulder with Dr. and Mrs. Herthel from the beginning.  Many of the same faces still treat patients at Alamo Pintado with exceptional expertise today.

 
The First Building at the "New" Alamo Pintado Equine Dr. and Mrs. Herthel were extremely proud to see their dream coming to life with construction of the first building at what is now Alamo Pintado Equine.  Now a family of three with their eldest son, Mark, the Herthels lived on the top floor of the clinic while Dr. Herthel and Dr. Mark Rick treated horses on the ground floor.

The First Building at the "New" Alamo Pintado Equine

Dr. and Mrs. Herthel were extremely proud to see their dream coming to life with construction of the first building at what is now Alamo Pintado Equine.  Now a family of three with their eldest son, Mark, the Herthels lived on the top floor of the clinic while Dr. Herthel and Dr. Mark Rick treated horses on the ground floor.

Taking Shape As the family grew with Dr. and Mrs. Herthel's youngest son, Troy, the original clinic building became dedicated wholly to the clinic, housing the first treatment rooms, ICU stalls, operating room and early imaging.

Taking Shape

As the family grew with Dr. and Mrs. Herthel's youngest son, Troy, the original clinic building became dedicated wholly to the clinic, housing the first treatment rooms, ICU stalls, operating room and early imaging.

Side By Side Dr. Mark Rick and his wife, Kathy, have been an important part of Alamo Pintado Equine's heritage from some of its earliest days.  Dr. Rick still practices daily at Alamo Pintado, and brings 40+ years of experience and deep knowledge of veterinary medicine and surgery.  He and Kathy are a special part of the Alamo family.

Side By Side

Dr. Mark Rick and his wife, Kathy, have been an important part of Alamo Pintado Equine's heritage from some of its earliest days.  Dr. Rick still practices daily at Alamo Pintado, and brings 40+ years of experience and deep knowledge of veterinary medicine and surgery.  He and Kathy are a special part of the Alamo family.

At Alamo Pintado our most important asset is our team.  We call them family because they are family.  They bring with them extraordinary medical minds, decades of experience, a thirst for innovation and a total dedication to the patients we serve.  We're incredibly proud of the team that has helped create Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center and the success we are able to bring to our patients.

 

MEET OUR FOUNDER

Dr. Doug Herthel, DVM