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Equine Research

Advancing equine health

The faculty, staff, residents and students at NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine are on the forefront of exciting areas in equine research. Most of our researchers are also clinical veterinarians, treating our clients’ horses. They are passionate about finding ways to help alleviate the suffering of horses in need and enhance the equine industry.

Areas of emphasis

  • Sports medicine and rehabilitation
  • Colic and colitis
  • Advanced reproductive techniques
  • Respiratory disease
  • Eye diseases
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Infectious disease

Sample research projects

  • Stem cells to treat tendon and ligament injuries
  • Use of pain killers to treat colic
  • Embryo transfer technology
  • Treatment of moon blindness
  • Use of MRI and ultrasound to pinpoint lesions
  • Treatment of heaves
  • Blood biomarkers to differentiate types of colic
  • Standing reproductive surgeries
  • The role of stem cells in colic survival
  • New antibiotics to treat difficult infections

Research Training Opportunities

The College of Veterinary Medicine is committed to addressing both the growing national need for veterinarians trained in biomedical research and the shift in emphasis toward multidisciplinary approaches to translate advances in research to the clinical setting. The spectrum of research training opportunities available to pre- and post-DVM students at NC State is evidence of this commitment.