Research | EHSP

Scientific Investigations to Benefit Horses

The EHSP team remains committed to the health, well-being, and performance of horses through veterinary research, education, and clinical and public service. The EHSP team produces high quality biomedical research, address horse health and welfare, and disseminate that information to the local, state, regional and worldwide stockholders.

The EHSP biomedical research team has diverse research interests with one major goal: to improve the health and welfare of the horse. Investigators conduct research in the areas of equine surgery, gastrointestinal disease (colitis and gastric ulcer disease), laminitis, reproduction, respiratory disease, and lameness. Each study in this report benefits the horse and the equine industry by identifying essential mechanisms of disease, groundbreaking new treatments, essential techniques in reproduction, and essential information to prevent diseases.

Equine Research

Gastrointestinal Health

A group of scientists are researching treatments for ulcers, the gastric microbiome, and the effects of blueberry consumption on exercising horses.

Frank Andrews

Frank Andrews

DVM, MS, DACVIM

Professor of Equine Medicine and Head, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Director, Equine Health Studies Program

DR. ANDREWS' FACULTY PAGE

Rose Baker

Rose Baker

BVMS

Assistant Professor of Equine Medicine, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

DR. BAKER'S FACULTY PAGE

Heidi Banse

Heidi Banse

DVM, PhD, DACVIM

Associate Dean for Educational Strategy

Associate Professor of Equine Medicine, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

DR. BANSE'S FACULTY PAGE

 

Diagnostic Imaging

Researchers use ultrasound as a diagnostic tool and for treatment.

Jonuel Cruz-Sanabria

Jonuel Cruz-Sanabria

DVM (LSU 2015), MS (LSU 2021)

Clinical Instructor of Large Animal Surgery, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

DR. CRUZ-SANABRIA'S FACULTY PAGE

Britta Leise

Britta Leise

DVM (LSU 2002), PhD, DACVS

Associate Dean for Staff and Faculty Advancement

Associate Professor of Equine Surgery, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

DR. LEISE'S FACULTY PAGE

Internal Medicine

Researchers compare methods of insulin testing in horses, as well as diagnostic tools such as endoscopy.

Frank Andrews

Frank Andrews

DVM, MS, DACVIM

Professor of Equine Medicine and Head, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Director, Equine Health Studies Program

DR. ANDREWS' FACULTY PAGE

Rose Baker

Rose Baker

BVMS

Assistant Professor of Equine Medicine, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

DR. BAKER'S FACULTY PAGE

Heidi Banse

Heidi Banse

DVM, PhD, DACVIM

Associate Dean for Educational Strategy

Associate Professor of Equine Medicine, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

DR. BANSE'S FACULTY PAGE

Ann Chapman

Ann Chapman

DVM (LSU 2001), MS (LSU 2006), DACVIM

Associate Professor of Equine Medicine, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

DR. CHAPMAN'S FACULTY PAGE

Linda Paul

Linda Paul

DVM

Instructor of Equine Medicine, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

DR. PAUL'S FACULTY PAGE

Jeremy Redmond

Jeremy Redmond

DVM, MS

Assistant Professor of Equine Medicine

DR. REDMOND'S FACULTY PAGE

Laminitis

A multidisciplinary group of EHSP scientists are conducting numerous investigations involving laminitis (founder). Laminitis, an excruciatingly painful, debilitating, and potentially career-ending and life-threatening disease of the horse's feet, is currently incompletely understood. Ongoing investigations are crucial to help unravel the complex pathophysiology so that veterinarians are better able to prevent and treat this disease.

Ann Chapman

Ann Chapman

DVM (LSU 2001), MS (LSU 2006), DACVIM

Associate Professor of Equine Medicine, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

DR. CHAPMAN'S FACULTY PAGE

Britta Leise

Britta Leise

DVM (LSU 2002), PhD, DACVS

Associate Dean for Staff and Faculty Advancement

Associate Professor of Equine Surgery, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

DR. LEISE'S FACULTY PAGE

Laura Riggs

Laura Riggs

DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR

Associate Professor of Equine Surgery, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

DR. RIGGS' FACULTY PAGE

Orthopedics and Biomechanics

EHSP researchers are investigating therapies for orthopedic issues, both in the Laboratory for Equine and Comparative Orthopedic Research and in the Charles V. Cusimano Equine Physiology and Pharmacology Laboratory.

We have developed a solid research program in the area of equine orthopedics and biomechanics. This
has led to the development of numerous orthopedic implants designed specifically for equine use, which
is critical for the advancement of equine orthopedics and fracture repair. These equine specific orthopedic
implants have distinct advantages over those intended for human application. The EHSP is unique in that it is part of the only school of veterinary medicine in the country that is designing and testing equine specific
orthopedic implants. 

Mandi Lopez

Mandi Lopez

DVM, PhD, DACVS

Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Director, Laboratory for Equine and Comparative Orthopedic Research

DR. LOPEZ'S FACULTY PAGE

Laura Riggs

Laura Riggs

DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR

Associate Professor of Equine Surgery, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

DR. RIGGS' FACULTY PAGE

Stem Cells

EHSP scientists are researching the therapeutic effects of stem cells.

Mandi Lopez

Mandi Lopez

DVM, PhD, DACVS

Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Director, Laboratory for Equine and Comparative Orthopedic Research

DR. LOPEZ'S FACULTY PAGE

Britta Leise

Britta Leise

DVM (LSU 2002), PhD, DACVS

Associate Dean for Staff and Faculty Advancement

Associate Professor of Equine Surgery, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

DR. LEISE'S FACULTY PAGE

Surgery

EHSP surgeon scientists are investigating wound healing, bone remodeling, and ways to improve the teaching of surgery.

Jonuel Cruz-Sanabria

Jonuel Cruz-Sanabria

DVM (LSU 2015), MS (LSU 2021)

Clinical Instructor of Large Animal Surgery, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

DR. CRUZ-SANABRIA'S FACULTY PAGE

Britta Leise

Britta Leise

DVM (LSU 2002), PhD, DACVS

Associate Dean for Staff and Faculty Advancement

Associate Professor of Equine Surgery, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

DR. LEISE'S FACULTY PAGE

Charles McCauley

Charles "Chuck" McCauley

DVM, DABVP, DACVS

Assistant Professor of Equine Surgery, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

DR. MCCAULEY'S FACULTY PAGE

Mustajab Mirza

Mustajab Mirza

DVM, MS (LSU 1998), DACVS

Associate Professor of Equine Surgery, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

DR. MIRZA'S FACULTY PAGE

Colin Mitchell

Colin Mitchell

BVMS, MS, DACVS

Professor of Equine Surgery, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Director, Large Animal Services, Veterinary Teaching Hospital

DR. MITCHELL'S FACULTY PAGE

Laura Riggs

Laura Riggs

DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR

Associate Professor of Equine Surgery, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

DR. RIGGS' FACULTY PAGE

Theriogenology (Reproduction)

EHSP researchers are investigating equine placental development, detection of the embryonic capsule, equine oocytes, and breeding.

Viviane Gomes

Viviane Gomes

DVM, DACT

Clinical Instructor of Theriogenolgy, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

DR. GOMES' FACULTY PAGE

Carlos Pinto

Carlos Pinto

DVM, PhD (LSU 2001), DACT

Professor of Theriogenology, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

DR. PINTO'S FACULTY PAGE

Jenny Sones

Jennifer Sones

DVM (LSU 2008), PhD, DAT

Associate Professor of Theriogenology, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

DR. SONES' FACULTY PAGE

Equine Research Facilities