Equine science students gather for undergraduate research symposium

Equine science students gather for undergraduate research symposium

Submitted by: Donna McDonald
Phone: 540-687-3521 ext 22
Email Address: dmcdo05(at)vt.edu
Date Added: 6/17/2011

Last month, Virginia Tech and Penn State University joined forces to produce the first-ever Undergraduate Equine Science research Symposium, hosted at Virginia Tech's Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension (MARE) Center. The event, designed to foster a collaborative atmosphere of scientific discovery and sharing among students with a passion for the helath and well-being of the horse, drew more than 50 students and several faculty from both universities. Participants discussed findings from undergraduate, graduate and faculty reserch at their respective schools, and met with veterinarians and local horse owners who have incorporated the latest research findings into their equine operations and practices. Students were also treated to tours of the Marion duPont Scott EMC and Locust Hill Farm, and attended the spring Horse Trial at Morven Park. Keynote speaker for the event's dinner reception was Dr. Nathaniel A. White II, DVM, Director of the EMC.

Program organizers Drs. Rebecca Splan and Burt Staniar expect the event to grow each year as more studnets and additional university programs join the effort.