William J. Bamka is the Burlington
County Agricultural Agent at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension New
Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. He has worked extensively on
the areas of forage quality, nutrient management, water quality and
pasture management, the latter focusing on grazing practices that affect
forage use, animal performance and natural resource protection.
The recipient of a master’s degree in agronomy from Pennsylvania State
University, Mr. Bamka previously served as a soil scientist with both
Coastal Environment Services of Princeton and Tectonic, Inc. of
Doylestown, Pennsylvania; biosolids utilization manager for Delaware’s
Kent County; and farm manager of the Plant Genetics Group at Long
Island’s Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
Mr. Bamka is the recipient of several honors from the National
Association of County Agricultural Agents for his outreach efforts,
notably a national award for Best Contributed Poster, “Survey of New
Jersey Equine Owners on Pasture Management Practices” (2002); a State
Excellence Award for “Using the Internet to Market Hay and Straw (2001);
an AT&T Communications Award for his 2002 fact sheet, “Poisonous Weeds
in Horse Pastures,” and an AT&T Communications National Award for his
1998 newsletter, “Equine Essentials.”
Amy Burk, Ph.D. serves as the
coordinator for the undergraduate Equine Studies option and the graduate
research program in equine nutrition within the Animal and Avian
Sciences Department at the University of Maryland. She is responsible for
teaching Horse Management, Equine Science, Advanced Topics in Equine
Nutrition and many horse-related lectures and labs within the
department’s 4-year curriculum. Major goals of her equine teaching program
are to prepare students for careers in the equine industry and for entry
into graduate equine research programs or veterinary school.
As an Extension Horse Specialist, Dr. Burk provides statewide
educational leadership to the Maryland 4-H horse program in areas
including curriculum development, rules and regulations, state horse
contests and events, fundraising, and the 4-H horse volunteer advisory
committee. She is also invited to give presentations on horse
health and nutrition to members of the horse industry in the
In 2004, Dr. Burk and other equine faculty initiated a new graduate
program which included the renovation of an old swine facility into the new
Equine Research Unit that houses 16 mature Thoroughbreds. Dr. Burk's
research interests lie mainly in the area of nutrient utilization of
feeds and forages to improve the health and management of horses.
Dr. Burk completed her graduate work in Animal and Poultry Sciences as a
Pratt Fellow in animal nutrition at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and
State University. She specialized in equine nutrition, earning an M.S.
in 1998, and a Ph.D. in 2001.
Bridgett McIntosh Byrd,
Ph.D. is an Equine Specialist for Blue Seal Feeds, Inc. where she
works directly with horse owners and territory sales managers to
optimize equine nutrition and the application of feeding management for
horses. She recently graduated with her Ph.D. (2006) from Virginia
Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Dr. Byrd was awarded the John Lee Pratt Fellowship in Animal
Nutrition to study carbohydrate profiles in feeds and forages and the
avoidance of equine laminitis. She graduated with her M.S. (2003) in
Equine Nutrition, also from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State
University, where she studied alkanes as markers to determine feed
intake and digestibility in horses. Her B.A. in Biology was completed at
Hollins College (1997) where she was a member of the I.H.S.A. team, and
also showed hunter/jumpers in local and ‘A’ rated shows.
Dr. Byrd has been involved with several aspects of the horse
industry. She grew up on a horse farm in upstate New York where she
began showing ponies at age 7, and continued riding and training horses
through college. She currently competes with her Trakehner mare in the
hunters, and also foxhunts and exercises Thoroughbred racehorses. She
enjoys judging both the hunter and equitation divisions for horse shows
in New York and Virginia. Bridgett is also an active member of various
professional organizations, including the Equine Nutrition and
Physiology Society and the American Society of Animal Science.
Rick Doran, D.V.M., M.S., Diplomate ACVS
is a New Jersey native who grew up showing Quarter Horses locally. He
received a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Delaware prior to
attending veterinary school at Cornell University. After graduating from
Cornell University in 1983, Dr. Doran did an internship and surgery
residency at the University of Georgia. Upon completion of his residency
in 1987, Dr. Doran joined the Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center as the
Dr. Doran was awarded Diplomate status by the American College of
Veterinary Surgeons in 1989, and is a member of ACVS, AAEP, the
Veterinary Orthopedic Society (VOS), NJAEP, and AVMA. He served as
President of NJAEP from 1992 to 1994, and was elected New Jersey
Practitioner of the Year in 1996.
Dr. Doran has published numerous journal articles and written three
book chapters. He has spoken at numerous veterinary meetings across the
country as well as locally to owners and trainers. For leisure time Dr.
Doran enjoys golf. He continues to support his wife and daughter's horse
Brendan W. Furlong, M.V.B., M.R.C.V.S.
was born and reared on a horse farm in Ireland. He graduated from
the Veterinary College of Ireland with honors in 1976. He came to the
United States for a two-year internship in 1977. Dr. Furlong then
started his own equine veterinary practice, B. W. Furlong and Associates
Equine Veterinarians, in 1980. The practice provides ambulatory and
hospital care for more than 3,000 clients and 20,000 horses, with
offices in Oldwick, NJ; Wellington, FL and Ocala, FL.
Dr. Furlong is involved exclusively with performance horses, and the
practice now employs seven veterinarians. He also has served the United
States Equestrian Team in various capacities over the last 15 years.
Mary Beth Gordon, Ph.D., received
her doctorate in Equine Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from Rutgers
University in May 2005. Her research focused on the effects of exercise
on the hormonal regulation of appetite in horses and her work was the
first to characterize the appetite-stimulating hormone ghrelin in
equines. Additionally, Dr. Gordon founded her own equine consulting
company to help veterinarians and horse owners make better nutritional
and management decisions for the horses under their care. Mary Beth
joined Land O’Lakes Purina Feed in July 2005 and will be based in the
Northeastern U.S. as a Regional Veterinary Nutritionist.
Paul D. Gottlieb, Ph.D. is an
Associate Professor of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics at
Rutgers’ School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, with statewide
responsibilities related to smart growth, land use policy and economic
development in rural communities. He received his Ph.D. in public
affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, where he
concentrated in urban and regional development. Prior to entering
Princeton, he served for three years as a researcher for the New Jersey
Office of State Planning (now the Office of Smartgrowth). He authored
numerous technical reports for the agency and has published articles on
growth management in various journals. Previously at Case Western
Reserve University in Cleveland, Dr. Gottlieb joined Rutgers in 2002.
Betsy Greene, Ph.D. is the
Extension Equine Specialist for the University of Vermont. Originally
from Massachusetts, Dr. Greene spent seven years as the Equine Extension
Specialist at Washington State University. She earned her Ph.D. at
Kansas State University examining the effect of moderate exercise on
muscle satellite cells in young, growing horses. She completed her M.S.
at the University of Arizona and her undergraduate work at Morehead
State University in Kentucky. Dr. Greene produced the video “Ground
Handling Horses Safely” in collaboration with two other universities.
She has published several scientific, educational, and popular press
articles and developed horse/youth curricula.
Patricia A. Hogan, V.M.D. is a 1992 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She performed an internship
at the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and completed a residency in large animal surgery at Texas A&M University
from 1993 to 1995. Following her residency program she joined the professional staff of the New Jersey Equine
Clinic where she has practiced for the past 10 years. Dr. Hogan was certified as a Diplomat of the American
College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1998. Dr. Hogan has received international recognition for her work in the
treatment of equine sports injuries, arthroscopy, and internal fixation of fractures.
Dr. Hogan has published numerous scientific papers and contributed to book chapters in veterinary textbooks.
She has presented scientific and educational topics at major veterinary conventions throughout North America.
Dr. Hogan was honored by the American Veterinary Medical Association as the recipient of the 2005 “President’s Award”
for her treatment of Smarty Jones as an example of extraordinary commitment to animal health and welfare, bringing
credit and honor to her and her colleagues.
As a recognized authority on equine orthopedics, Dr. Hogan was recently named to the faculty of the Association
for the Study of Internal Fixation of Fractures’ Equine Principles of Fracture Management Course, held annually
at The Ohio State University. This course offers veterinarians the most current information on the art and
science of equine fracture repair.
Dr. Hogan also plays a vital role in the “On Call” program of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.
This program provides veterinary expertise for live media coverage of major equine sporting events. Dr. Hogan
is most often “On Call” for Harness racing at the Meadowlands Racetrack. She has served as a member of the
broadcast team for CBS Sports, ESPN, and the Fox Network.
Daniel P. Keenan, D.V.M.
has been a general equine practitioner in New Jersey since
graduating from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at
Cornell University in 1984. He has owned his own practice since 1988.
His main interests lie in general medicine, sports medicine, and
Keenan McAlister Equine is a 100% ambulatory equine practice located
in central New Jersey - serving areas of Mercer, Hunterdon, Monmouth,
Ocean, Camden, Burlington and Middlesex Counties. The practice is
equally divided among show horses, breeding stock and pleasure horses
with an emphasis on sports medicine, lameness diagnosis and treatment,
wellness care, preventative medicine and reproduction.
Dan Kluchinski serves as the Chair of the Department of
Agricultural and Resource Management Agents and Assistant Director of
Rutgers Cooperative Extension at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment
Station. His extension and research program
focuses on agronomic crop production and sustainable agriculture.
Specifically, this includes sound nutrient management, integrated pest
and crop management, use of alternative inputs and production methods,
marketing education and methods to help grain and forage growers reduce
costs and increase profits.
Uta Krogmann, Ph.D. is
Extension Specialist in Solid Waste Management at the Rutgers
Cooperative Extension New Jersey
Agricultural Experiment Station. Her research and outreach projects
focus on managing biodegradable organic waste, including composting and
land application of organic wastes such as food processing residuals,
manure and sewage sludges, and food and yard waste. Recent research and
outreach involve analyses used in policy-making in solid waste
Dr. Krogmann holds a degree in civil engineering (bachelor’s degree,
master’s degree and Licensed Civil Engineer combined) from the Rhenish
Westphalian Technical University in Aachen, Germany, and a Ph.D. in
civil engineering from the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg,
Dan Ludwig serves as a Grazing and
Grassland Specialist in Southeastern Pennsylvania with the Natural
Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Mr. Ludwig’s role with the NRCS is to
work with livestock and horse producers who wish to better utilize their
pastures through grazing management. He provides assistance with
designing and implementing rotational grazing systems. Prior to joining
the staff at NRCS, Mr. Ludwig served as the Horse and Livestock
Extension Educator with Maryland Cooperative Extension in Montgomery
County for five years. He conducted applied research targeted at managed
rotational grazing for horses as well as many other equine related
educational outreach activities.
Mr. Ludwig has an animal science background as he grew up on a small
farm in Gettysburg, PA where he and his family raised beef cattle, hogs,
sheep, and laying hens. He earned a B.S. in Dairy and Animal Science
from Penn State University. He is located at the NRCS Technical Center
in Lebanon, PA.
Karyn Malinowski, Ph.D. is Director of Rutgers Equine Science
Center at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. She also
serves as Director of Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Her equine research
and extension programs concentrate on improving the well-being and
quality of life of the equine athlete while ensuring the vitality and
viability of the equine industry, both statewide and nationally. She has
received numerous awards for her work, including a leadership award from
the American Youth Horse Council, as well as the American Horse
Council’s most prestigious national citation, the Van Ness Award, in 2001.
She was named "Outstanding Equine Educator" by the Equine Nutrition and
Physiology Society, also in 2001.
Dr. Malinowski grew up and still lives in Somerset County. She has
been a “horse person” since she took her first pony ride as a toddler,
and she has been involved in various horse disciplines and organizations
throughout her career. She holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate
degrees from Rutgers.
David Marshall, V.M.D.
grew up in central Pennsylvania, having an early passion for horses and
science. He received his B.S. degree from Penn State University in 1971
and his V.M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975.
Dr. Marshall spent his first five years in private practice emphasizing
equine medicine and surgery. In 1980 he returned to the University of
Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center to not only teach, but to further his
equine surgical skills.
After leaving New Bolton Center, Dr. Marshall started a veterinary
practice in southeastern Pennsylvania specializing in equine medicine,
surgery, and reproduction. Pursuing a personal desire to return to
teaching, Dr. Marshall joined the Department of Animal Science faculty
at the University of Delaware in spring of 2002. He serves as an
assistant professor in equine animal science and an equine extension
veterinarian with Delaware Cooperative Extension Service. At the
University of Delaware, Dr. Marshall teaches four undergraduate courses
in equine science, pregnancy and foal physiology, mare and stallion
reproduction, and equine diseases and lameness. His extension
responsibilities include providing equine continuing education to the
greater Delaware area.
Sue McDonnell, Ph.D. is a
native Pennsylvanian, raised in a dairy farming family in the anthracite
coal regions north of Scranton. She holds a 1982 master’s degree in
Psychology from West Chester University and a 1985 Ph.D. in Reproductive
Physiology and Behavior from the University of Delaware. She completed
post doctoral study in clinical veterinary reproduction at the
University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center in 1987 and became board
certified in Applied Animal Behavior in 1991. She is the founding head
of the Equine Behavior Program at the University of Pennsylvania School
of Veterinary Medicine, where her work includes clinical, research, and
teaching activities focused on horse behavior.
Dr. McDonnell includes all types of behavior in her clinical case
load, with stallion behavior as an area of particular interest and
expertise. Dr. McDonnell’s research interests include several areas
within equine physiology, behavior and welfare. She has also traveled to
study equids throughout the world. In addition to laboratory and field
studies, she maintains a semi-feral herd of ponies specifically for the
study of their physiology and behavior under semi-natural conditions.
This affords veterinary and animal behavior students the opportunity for
long-term observation of equine social and developmental behavior and
for first-hand comparison of horse behavior under free-running and
traditional domestic conditions.
Dr. McDonnell is the author of the introductory-level book on horse
behavior entitled Understanding Horse Behavior, published by The Blood
Horse in their Horse Health Care Library Series, and the recently
released catalog of horse behavior The Equid Ethogram, A Practical Field
Guide to Horse Behavior, published by Eclipse Press.
Ken McKeever, Ph.D. is
Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at Rutgers’ School of Environmental and Biological
Sciences. He has focused his basic research on comparative exercise and
cardiovascular physiology with a particular interest in baroreceptor
function and renal and neuroendocrine control of blood pressure, blood
volume, and fluid and electrolyte balance. On an applied level, his
research has focused on the effects of ergogenic (performance-enhancing)
practices on the physiological responses of the equine athlete. Research
in the lab is focused on basic physiology of the equine athlete. His
mission is not to cure sick horses, but rather to enhance understanding
of the equine athlete and the physiology to prevent problems before they
occur. He has lectured on the many similarities between horses and
humans and is using the horse as a model to study the effects of aging
on a variety of physiological systems. Ultimately his goal is to provide
information for horse owners around the world and to find new ways to
make happier, healthier, horses.
Robert C. Mickel is the
Hunterdon County Agricultural Agent in the department of Agricultural
and Resource Management Agents with Rutgers Cooperative Extension at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment
Station. He earned his bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry from the
Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture, Doylestown, PA, in
1970 and an M.E. in Education from Rutgers in 1989.
Mr. Mickel serves as the Regional Livestock Agent for northern New
Jersey. His extension program focuses primarily on livestock, dairy,
equine, field crops, forages (hay and pastures), and topics related to
maintaining the sustainability and viability of agriculture, including
alternative livestock and marketing.
As a member of the Penn-Jersey Extension Partnership, Mr. Mickel has
received numerous awards from the National Association of County
Agricultural Agents for various posters, fact sheets, newsletters and
programs. He has taught extensively on West Nile Virus, hay production,
pasture management, livestock handling, lamb carcass evaluation and weed
identification. The Penn-Jersey Extension Partnership also collaborates
with Cornell University to produce the award-winning Northeast Small
Farm and Rural Living Exposition and Trade Show, an annual two-day
educational delivery event for small farm owners and managers.
Christopher Obropta, Ph.D.
is Extension Specialist in Water Resources for Rutgers Cooperative
Extension at the New Jersey
Agricultural Experiment Station. He joined Rutgers in 2002 after a
12-year career as an engineer and environmental consultant with TRC Omni
Environmental Corporation in Princeton, NJ.
Dr. Obropta’s background includes work in water quality modeling,
hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, coastal engineering and watershed
management. His specific experience includes watershed restoration,
wasteload allocations and TMDL studies, stormwater management, wetland
design, effluent dilution analyses, longshore sediment transport,
computer-aided design and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He has
spent the past six years focusing on watershed management and has
secured numerous grants to implement watershed restoration projects.
These have included design of Best Management Practices (BMPs),
including stormwater treatment wetlands, bioretention systems, in-line
treatment systems and more, all of which involve working closely with
various state agencies, grassroots organizations, local municipalities
and state government.
Dr. Obropta is currently developing a Water Resources Program for the
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences that will assist New
Jersey stakeholders in addressing the state’s many environmental
regulations. A graduate of the New Jersey Institute of Technology and
the Stevens Institute of Technology, he holds Professional Engineer
licenses for New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Scott E. Palmer, V.M.D.
is a 1976 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He has acquired
international recognition for his studies in equine sports injuries,
arthroscopy, laparoscopy and minimally invasive surgery using lasers. He
is Hospital Director and a staff surgeon at the New Jersey Equine
Clinic, where he has practiced for 30 years. His achievements and
dedication to equine medicine have twice earned him the New Jersey
Association of Equine Practitioners “Veterinarian of the Year” award.
Dr. Palmer is a Diplomat of the American Board of Veterinary
Practitioners, certified in Equine Practice first in 1989 and again in
Dr. Palmer has a long tradition of volunteer service to organized
veterinary medicine. He was President of the New Jersey Association of
Equine Practitioners, a board member of the New Jersey Veterinary
Medical Association and served as a trustee of the New Jersey Veterinary
Education Foundation. He also served as a member of the Council of
Regents and as President of the American Board of Veterinary
Practitioners. He is currently Immediate Past President of the American
Association of Equine Practitioners, an international association of
more than 9,000 veterinarians and veterinary students in 57 countries
world-wide. While serving as the 51st President of the AAEP in 2005, Dr.
Palmer expanded the availability of AAEP continuing education to
veterinarians around the world and presided over the first Unwanted
Horse Summit in Washington, DC.
Dr. Palmer has published more than 25 scientific papers and written
numerous book chapters in veterinary textbooks. He has presented
scientific and educational topics at equine seminars worldwide. In 1996
Dr. Palmer presented the 14th Paatsma Honorary Lecture at the Annual
Convention of the Scandinavian Association of Veterinary Practitioners
in recognition and appreciation of his contributions to veterinary
medicine. In 1997 he organized the surgical section of the Dubai
International Equine Symposium held in the United Arab Emirates. In 2002
Dr. Palmer served as the guest editor for the inaugural edition of the
veterinary journal “Clinical Techniques in Equine Practice,” focusing on
the use of lasers in equine surgery. Recently, Dr. Palmer was appointed
as a member of the editorial advisory committee of the international
equine veterinary journal “Equine Veterinary Education.”
Dr. Palmer also plays a vital role in the “On Call” program of the
American Association of Equine Practitioners. This program provides
veterinary expertise for live media coverage of major equine sporting
events. Dr. Palmer is most often “On Call” for Harness and Thoroughbred
racing at the Meadowlands or at Monmouth Park Racetracks. He has served
as a member of the broadcast team for CBS Sports, ESPN, The Fox Network
and the Learning Channel.
Sarah L. Ralston,
VMD, Ph.D., dACVN is Associate Professor in the Department of
Animal Sciences at Rutgers’ School of Environmental and Biological
Sciences specializing in equine nutrition. She has been a key faculty
member with the Rutgers Equine Science Center since its inception.
The recipient of a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982,
Dr. Ralston received her VMD degree from its School of Veterinary
Medicine in 1980. She earned her board certification from the American
College of Veterinary Nutrition in 1989 and has been active on its board
of directors ever since.
She occupied the Mark Morris Chair of Clinical Nutrition in the
Department of Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University's School of
Veterinary Medicine prior to joining Rutgers. She is an adjunct
professor in the Department of Large Animal Medicine at New Bolton
Center and has served on several regional and national committees,
including the American College of Veterinary Nutrition board of
directors; American Board of Veterinary Specialties and New Jersey
Veterinary Medical Education Advisory Committee. She is also on the
advisory boards of The Horse, Equine Practice and Journal of Equine
Veterinary Science and a frequent contributor to popular journals such
as Equus, Dressage Today and Practical Horseman.
Dr. Ralston currently teaches undergraduate courses in Horse Management
and Equine Nutrition and serves as an advisor to undergraduate students.
In addition, Dr. Ralston is a regular guest lecturer on equine nutrition
at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine and
typically performs over 200 nutritional consults each year throughout
the region and nationally. She frequently lectures on a variety of
horse-related topics to horse groups and at scientific meetings, both
nationally and internationally.
Dr. Ralston leads the Young Horse Teaching and Research Program. Her
research is focused on glucose/insulin metabolism and developmental
orthopedic disease in young horses with side interests in nutritional
modulation of stress, metabonomics and pasture management. The teaching
component culminates with the horses being shown in-hand as yearlings by
their students at the annual Ag Field Day and then being sold at a
private benefit auction at the Round House on campus the following day.
She has also served as consultant to many of the nation's leading
producers of equine feeds, including Purina Mills, Inc., Nutrena and
Blue Seal Feeds, and is currently on the equine advisory board of
Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, Inc.
William J. Sciarappa, Ph.D.
is the Monmouth County Agricultural Agent with the Rutgers Cooperative
Extension New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. He is
responsible for the field production, marketing and informational needs
of agricultural clients, primarily in the areas of commercial vegetable
crops, field crops, small fruit, equine pasture and natural resources.
Based in the New Jersey county that boasts the largest number of horses
in the state, Dr. Sciarappa has toured and surveyed more than 125 horse
farms in central New Jersey. He has organized the Equine Pasture
Management Seminar and Workshop for Rutgers Equine Science Center and
has compiled and edited a 100-page Equine Pasture Management Manual.
Dr. Sciarappa received his bachelor’s degree in biological education
from Montclair State University and holds a Permanent Teaching
Certificate (K 7-12). He received his Ph.D. from Rutgers in 1983 in
economic entomology and zoology.
Michael L. Westendorf,
Ph.D. is Associate Extension Specialist in Animal Sciences for
Rutgers Cooperative Extension at
the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. He conducts research,
writes and lectures on subjects such as animal nutrition, use of food
wastes as animal feed, animal health and manure waste and management.
Design of new methods of processing waste to minimize environment
contamination and developing new methods of animal manure disposal are
primary research areas. Dr. Westendorf has provided leadership to the
state’s livestock industries through his various statewide nutrient and
waste management initiatives.
He is a member of several national committees and professional
societies, including the American Society of Animal Science; American
Dairy Science Association, and American Registry of Professional Animal
Scientists. He holds both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in animal
science/ruminant nutrition from the University of Kentucky and a
bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Idaho.
An Idaho native, he has been with Rutgers since 1993.
Carey A. Williams, Ph.D.
joined Rutgers Cooperative Extension in July 2003 as its new
Equine Extension Specialist, taking an active role in teaching,
conducting research and working with the equine and academic communities
to ensure the viability of the horse industry in New Jersey.
A Wisconsin native, Dr. Williams earned her doctorate degree in
animal and poultry sciences (with an emphasis on equine nutrition) in
June 2003 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She
holds a master’s degree in equine nutrition, also from Virginia Tech,
and a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University.
While at Virginia Tech she was a Pratt Fellow in Equine Nutrition. She
designed and conducted various research projects dealing with equine
nutrition and exercise physiology and assisted in the breeding, care and
feeding of approximately 80 horses. Dr. Williams was a teaching
assistant at both Colorado State and Virginia Tech, teaching courses
ranging from equine behavior and training to animal anatomy.
A member of many associations, including the American Association of
Veterinary Nutritionists, she is the recipient of Virginia Tech’s John
Lee Pratt Fellowship in Animal Nutrition; Waltham Fellowship, and
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Graduate Student
(2002). As a hobby she trains and competes with her Thoroughbred mare at
various New Jersey dressage shows and horse trials.