Contact

Dept. of Animal Science
Anthony Hall
474 S. Shaw Lane
East Lansing, MI
48824-1225

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Phone: (517) 355-8383
Fax: (517) 353-1699
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Equine Research Lab

Research Goal: Develop ways to manage the young equine athlete.

Collaborative efforts both within the Animal Science department and with other departments provide opportunities for equine research in exercise physiology, nutrition, behavior, and management.  

Publications and abstracts from the Equine Research Program.

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Research Assistant

Cara O'Connor

Cara O’Connor-Robison, M.S.
M.S. from University of Kentucky 
B.S. from Truman State University 
Research Assistant since 2000
Ph.D. Graduate Student 2006-present

Graduate Students (current and former)

Alaina Parsons
B.S. from North Carolina State University
M.S. Graduate Student 2009 - present

Sarah Elzinger
B.S. from
M.S. Graduate Student 2009 - present

Tara Lavin
B.S. from University of Wisconsin - River Falls
M.S. Graduate Student 2007 - 2009

Holly Spooner
B.S. from Texas A & M
M.S. from Texas A & M
Ph.D. graduate student 2005 - 2008
Currently an Assistant Professor at West Virginia University

Adrienne Woodward
B.S. from West Texas A & M
M.B.A. from West Texas A & M
M.S. graduate student 2004 - 2005
Ph.D. graduate student 2005 - present

Kari Turner, M.S.
B.S. from University of Florida
M.S. from Virginia Tech
Ph.D. graduate student 2002 - 2005
Currently an Assistant Professor at University of Georgia

Susy Turcott, M.S.
B.S. from Michigan State University
M.S. graduate student, 2001 - 2003.
Susy is investigating the effect of forage to concentrate ratios on digestibility in weanlings.
Currently a faculty member at Delaware Valley College.

Kris Hiney, M.S., Ph.D.
M.S. from Texas A &M University
B.S.  from University of Illinois
Ph.D. graduate student 1999 - 2002. 
Kris investigated the effect of exercise on bone in weanlings and calves.
Currently a professor at University of Wisconsin - River Falls

Kristine Lang

Kristine Lang, M.S.
B.S. from North Carolina State University
Graduate Student 1998-2001
Thesis: Efficacy of EQUI-Si on increasing plasma silicon concentrations and altering bone and collagen metabolism in horses.
Currently a faculty member at Clemson University

David Mello

David Mello, M.S. 
B.S. from Purdue University 
Graduate Student 1999-2001
Thesis: The comparative effects of hexosamines in the inhibition of articular cartilage degradation.
Currently working on his residency in Osteopathic Medicine.

Renee Bell, M.S.
Graduate Student 1997-1999        
Thesis: Influence of housing on the third metacarpus and markers of bone and cartilage metabolism in weanling horses.    
Currently works for the University of Illinois as a Unit Educator in Animal Systems in Chicago, IL.  

Kari Hoekstra

Kari Hoekstra, M.S.
B.S. from Michigan State University
Graduate Student 1996-98
Thesis: Comparison of bone growth in stalled vs. pasture reared horses.
 Director of research at Kentucky Equine Research 1998-2000.
Sales assistant for Darby Dan Farm 2000-2002.