UC Davis Professor to Receive Equine Research Hall of Fame Award

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Susan Stover, a professor in the Veterinary Medicine department of the University of California, Davis, has always loved taking care of and studying horses, and she has been receiving awards for her contribution to the field ever since 1976 when she was awarded the Large Animal Surgery Clinics Award from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University.

Racing, Veterinary, Alumi Awards

Stover went on to receive more recognition for her work, including the 2008 Outstanding Women in Racing Award, the 2010 Distinguished Veterinary Alumnus Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research, and the 2013 Alumni Achievement Award.

Stover graduated with a bachelor’s degree at Washington State University, Pullman, and earned her doctor’s degree at the same university in 1976.

Then, she earned a PhD at the University of California, Davis, where she had completed an internship and residency in equine surgery.

Most of her research focuses on the pathogenesis and biomechanics of musculoskeletal injuries among athlete horses, and a systemic bone disease in horses, related to exposure to cytotoxic silicate particles.

Stover is also the director of the UC Davis’ JD Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory, where she spends a lot of time studying and writing papers on pathophysiology of performing horses’ musculoskeletal injuries.

She is also known for coming up with practices that improve the welfare of such horses and the enhancement of veterinary medicine.

Lifetime Excellence in Research Award

With all these achievements, it’s really no surprise that that last month, Dr. Stover was given a Lifetime Excellence in Research Award by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) during the Merial-NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium held at the Ohio State University on July 30.

The award was given to Stover for her clinical and applied research on the prevention and treatment of injuries on small animals, but mainly and horses.

The AVMA president, Joe Kinnarney, said that Stover made pivotal and distinguished contributions in performance-related injuries among animals, especially horses.

He also expressed how Stover’s research had helped lessen the number of injuries and has improved diagnosis and treatment of performance horses around the world.

She is an accomplished researcher,” he continued

Saying that the award honors Stover’s contribution in the international scene, and that her research has greatly influence the veterinary field.

Not only that, Stover’s research has paved the way for the use of better race track surfaces, improved training strategies and practices, and enhanced surgical treatments.

Equine Research Hall of Fame

Stover has another award to look forward to this coming October, though. The doctor will be inducted into the Equine Research Hall of Fame at the University of Kentucky.

The ceremony will be on October 25, to be held at the Gluck Equine Research Center from the University of Kentucky’s Department of Veterinary Science on the university’s Lexington campus grounds.

The Hall of Fame, started by the Gluck Equine Research Foundation, was aimed at giving recognition to the scientists who have dedicated many of their years studying equine science through published papers or clinical research.

Before the induction ceremony, Stover will also present a seminar at the research center.

Stover is also the first woman awardee of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Founders Award for Career Achievement.

What an amazing Woman!

Rob Clark
 

SchoolCampus.org admin staff managing editor

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