« Meet The Team

FullBucket Animal Nutrition is a division of Animal Stewards International. We have MANY people who give us the ability to bring these products to market but the 3 managing partners include Dr. Rob Franklin, Dr. Keith Latson and Rob Hendrickson.

Keith Latson, DVM, DACVS

Keith was born at Fort Hood, Texas, the son of a career military officer and healthcare educator. He spent his childhood moving every 2-3 years from one corner of the United States to another, with a few years of European and Hawaiian living scattered in.

Keith traveled, hiked, camped and snow-skid extensively throughout the US and Germany while growing up and still pursues the same passions with his wife, Kris, a small animal veterinarian, and son, Bridger (named after the Bridger mountains in Montana).

Keith was first introduced to equine veterinarian work while living at Fort Monmouth, NJ, when his cub scout pack visited the barn area of Monmouth Park. The unbelievable athletic presence of the Thoroughbred racehorses stuck with Keith through childhood, looking forward each May to the Kentucky Derby telecast. After completing high school in Georgia, Keith returned to Texas for undergraduate studies at Texas A&M, where several influential friendships were developed:

He was introduced to Dr. Ken Reed, a renowned equine veterinarian specializing in racing Thoroughbreds. Dr. Reed offered Keith a position as his veterinary assistant, spawning a long working relationship between the two and forming the foundation for Dr. Latson’s veterinary career.

Dr. Rob Franklin was Keith’s fraternity brother at Texas A&M and, with a common goal of becoming equine veterinarians, the two had always talked of developing a veterinary practice or similar business - who knew it would someday grow into FullBucket?

Dr. Latson graduated from Texas A&M University’s College of veterinary medicine in 2001. Following graduation, he completed a one-year internship at Littleton Large Animal Clinic (now known as Littleton Equine Medical Center). Under the mentorship of Dr. Shane Miller during internship, Keith was encouraged to pursue surgical specialty training at University of California, Davis.

Dr. Latson was awarded for his research on preoperative assessment of horses with colic during his surgical residency at UC Davis and passed the grueling 2-day examination to become a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2006.

Following surgical training, Dr. Latson and his family moved to Los Angeles, where Keith has worked with some of the most celebrated racehorses in the last decade. His current practice focuses on lameness, upper respiratory and orthopedic surgery in racing Thoroughbreds.