Dr. Karen Beste was raised in North Texas where she bred and raised Quarter Horses and trained barrel horses. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Texas A&M University in 2008. While an undergraduate Dr. Beste was on the Texas A&M Polo Team and was team captain her senior year. In 2013, she graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, Dr. Beste completed a surgery internship at Hagyard Equine Medical Center, followed by a rotating in-hospital internship at Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists, prior to a surgical residency at Texas A&M University. After completing her residency, Dr. Beste joined the Rood & Riddle team in August of 2018 where she works in the surgery department. She is based out of the Wellington practice and travels to the Saratoga practice several times a year. Her interests include sports medicine, lameness, advanced imaging, and surgery.