Dr. Franklin (Owner)


Dr. Franklin grew up in eastern New Mexico. He graduated from House High school and then attended New Mexico State University where he graduated in 1983 with a BS in Animal Science. He then went on to Colorado State University where he gradated with his DVM in 1987. He came to Ruidoso and worked as an Associate Veterinarian at Green Tree Hospital expanding his veterinary knowledge from horses to all species. In 1990, Dr. Franklin opened Franklin Veterinary Clinic and has served Lincoln County and surrounding areas for over 25 years. Dr. Franklin has a special interest in Equine reproduction. He also really enjoys food animal and small animal medicine. In his scarce free time he enjoys raising race horses, livestock, playing sports, and spending time with his kids; Dusti, Brand, and Sky. He also likes to try and sneak away to see his grandsons Riley and River.

Desirae Northrip  (Technician/Office)

Dr. Cara Finstad  (Associate Veterinarian)


Dr. Cara Finstad grew up on a ranch in a small rural town in central Texas and spent most of her time roping, showing pigs, or playing sports. She attended Texas Tech University following high school and earned a B.S. in Animal Science while on the TTU horse judging team. Dr. Finstad was then accepted into the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2018. Looking for a new environment, she was eager to begin her employment with Franklin Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Finstad enjoys the challenge and variety in caring for any and all animals that walk through the door. When she is not working, she enjoys anything that involves being outdoors including team roping, hiking, and exploring her new home with her dog Rowdy!

Jace Hendricks  (Technician/Office)


Jace joined Franklin Veterinary Clinic in 2014.  He brings 15 years of experience as a Vet Assistant/Technician with both small and large animals.  He was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and worked in both St. Louis, MO and Atlanta, GA before relocating to Ruidoso.  Jace has worked with numerous Animal Rescue organizations: Georgia Bulldog, Georgia Basset Hound and the Humane Society.  In Jace's spare time he works at his families apple orchard, and plays with his 2 dogs, and 3 horses.

Therese Cormier (Office Manager)

Jorge Ruiz  (Technician)

Barbara Welch (Technician/Office)

Dr. Emily Barnard (Associate Veterinarian)



Dr. Emily M. Barnard grew up primarily in West Texas, and graduated from New Mexico State University in 2013 with her Bachelor’s of Science degrees in Biology and Chemistry. She then attended Colorado State University for her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine as a large animal tracker with a primary interest in equine lameness and surgery. Throughout veterinary school she was an active member and officer in the Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, serving as Treasurer and President, and put on multiple events to advance the education of veterinarians and veterinary students alike in Fort Collins, CO and surrounding areas.
After graduation from CSU in 2017, she completed a equine veterinary internship at Elgin Veterinary Hospital - Equine Division, and then joined Franklin Veterinary Clinic as an Associate Veterinarian. She is an active member in the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Her professional interests include equine lameness, surgery and emergency and critical care. 
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband Clint and their dogs and working horses and cattle at their families ranches in north-eastern New Mexico. 

Sarah Gililland  (Technician)

Franklin Veterinary Clinic, LLC

Phone #: (575) 378-4708    Fax:(575) 378-4116