A career in helping to better understand and improve equine orthopedics has led to the honor.
(Photos courtesy of the University of California, Davis.)A lifelong dedication to improving the lives of horses everywhere has led to Susan Stover, DVM, PhD, a professor of anatomy, physiology and cell biology at the University of California, Davis, being inducted into the University of Kentucky Equine Research Hall of Fame.
According to a release from UC Davis, the award is given to scientists who have contributed significantly to equine veterinary science over the span of their careers.
Stover has concentrated on catastrophic fractures in racing horses in her studies. Her research has influenced training and rehabilitation, horseshoeing, track surface types and preparation, diagnostics, and fracture repair techniques with the result of improving racetrack safety for horses and jockeys. The primary focus of her research has been bone development and remodeling, the response of bone tissue to exercise and the pathogenesis of fractures and ligament injury.
Stover (far left) and the rest of the crew at the J.D. Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory.Stover is the director of UC Davis' J.D. Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory. She is the first female surgeon to have received the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) Founders Award for Career Achievement and has been recognized by both her alma maters-Washington State University and UC Davis-as a distinguished alumnus.
The Hall of Fame is part of the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Stover will be recognized during an induction ceremony on October 25, in Lexington. She will also present a seminar at the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation.