Retama Equine Hospital
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Retama Equine Hospital, located in Selma on the Northeast side of San Antonio, has served as a full-service regional emergency and referral center for south central Texas since 1995.  Retama Equine prides itself on the numerous attributes of the practice that make it successful: the reputable and accomplished doctors, the flourishing and progressive internship program, and the knowledgeable and compassionate staff.

Retama’s Doctors – Proven Knowledge and Experience
Dr. Mike Martin, DVM is a 1993 graduate of Texas A&M and originally from the San Antonio area.  Upon graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Martin returned to the Lytle, Texas area to open a practice and manage a stud farm.  With the opening of Retama Park, it was recognized that there was a need for a facility to handle the arduous task of colic surgery, orthopedic surgery and other emergencies. It was through the insight of Drs. Robert Lewis, Charles Graham, Tommy Hays, Byrne James and Mike Martin that Retama Equine Hospital was opened. Dr. Martin’s interests include colic, reproduction, foal care, lameness and racetrack medicine.

Dr. Keith Huffman, DVM is a 1999 graduate of Texas A&M and raised in a ranching and agriculturally based family near Waco, Texas. Upon graduating, he joined Dr. Martin to help support the increasing needs of the practice in emergency care and racetrack medicine. Dr. Huffman has a special interest in reproduction, general health management, and enjoys the challenge of enhancing performance horses of all disciplines.

Dr. William Symm, DVM, Dipl. ACVS is a 2002 graduate of Texas A&M and is originally from the Kerrville, Texas area.  Dr. Symm joined Retama Equine in 2007 after completing an equine surgery residency at the University of California – Davis, where he received training in advanced surgical techniques and facilitated several research studies. Dr. Symm has since successfully completed his certification examination, thus becoming a board certified specialist in equine surgery. His particular interests focus on orthopedic surgery, airway surgery, colic surgery and lameness.

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Dr. Justin Bruening, DVM, is also a 2002 graduate of Texas A&M and joined Retama Equine in 2008. Originally from the Huntsville, Texas area, Dr. Bruening spent much of his childhood around working cow horses and has enjoyed equestrian activities, specifically team roping, for most of his life. Dr. Bruening’s specific interests include performance horse dentistry, ophthalmology, and lameness as well as emergency and critical care.

Our 2008/2009 Intern Veterinarians are Megan Hughes, DVM (Oklahoma State ‘08), Blair Lybbert, DVM (Texas A&M ‘08) and Daniel Liebsch, DVM (Iowa State ’08).

Retama Equine Hospital has proudly served the equestrian community of South-Central Texas for over a decade and strives to provide the best care available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Also, with the addition of Drs. Bruening and Symm, Retama Equine Hospital is equipped with the interest and talent to tackle the diverse problems facing horses today, including complicated dental problems, complex lameness issues and broken bones.
The Staff at Retama Equine Hospital
The Retama Family – A Strong Foundation for Success
Retama’s accomplishments are made possible because of their strong foundation – their staff.  The technical staff, office staff and barn crew are comprised of caring and dedicated individuals whose main priority is patient care and customer service.  Their staff relishes the opportunity to make your experience at Retama Equine positive and fulfilling.  Their goal is to meet the needs of the client and patient, as well as maintaining open communication at all times, thus creating an in formed and satisfied clientele.

Retama has many diagnostic and treatment options for your horse.  They offer 24-hour Intensive Care of medical cases; Lameness Evaluation; Orthopedic Surgery (fracture repair & arthroscopy); Airway Surgery; Colic Surgery; Advanced Dentistry (including molar extractions); Mechanical Dental Equipment; Digital Radiography; Video Endoscopy; Digital Ultrasonography; Reproduction (AI & Embryo Transfer); Shockwave; iRAP Joint Therapy; Stem Cell Therapy and Routine Care and Vaccinations.

    The facility offers multiple safe treatment areas, padded induction and recovery stalls, fully-equipped surgical suite, two covered barns, ICU stalls, isolation stalls and outdoor paddocks.
Above and beyond the many proven and tangible aspects of this flourishing practice, Retama Equine’s success can be attributed to the mission statement that guides every doctor and staff member at the practice day and night: To improve the health and welfare of the horse as well as provide the highest quality of veterinary medicine and exceptional service to their clients.
You can contact Retama Equine Hospital at 210-651-6375 or visit:

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