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Dr. Eric Mueller


The primary objectives of the University of Georgia Equine Programs are to enhance equine health and well being through research and education, and to disseminate information and outcomes of research to practicing veterinarians, research scientists, and equine enthusiasts and owners.

In an ongoing commitment to equine health we have developed an Endowed Research Chair in Equine Studies. The first person to hold this chair is Dr. Steeve Giguère, an internist and world renowned research scientist whose research focus is immunity and infectious diseases, particularly as it relates to foals. Read more on Dr. Giguère, and ways in which you can contribute to his research efforts.

In the early 1980’s survival rates of horses undergoing colic surgery was approximately 60% and the incidence of life-threatening complications was high. To address this problem, we initiated and hosted the first Equine Colic Research Symposium to bring together researchers with similar interests from around the world. The response to the symposium was overwhelmingly positive, with researchers openly sharing findings and ideas for additional studies. Every three years until 1999, the University of Georgia hosted these research symposia, after which the site rotated between North America and the United Kingdom. At the most recent Symposium held in Liverpool, England in 2008, UGA faculty and graduate students presented the results of nearly a dozen research studies on colic and laminitis. Faculty members currently are involved in organizing the Tenth Equine Colic Research Symposium, which will be held in the US in 2011.

Donate now - For the Love of the Horse Endowment Fund

You are an integral component of our mission to improving horse heath and well-being. With your generous support we have established the “Love of the Horse” Research Endowment. One hundred percent of the proceeds of this endowment go toward supporting basic and clinical research investigating mechanisms of diseases and various conditions that adversely effect horses. With our combined efforts we continue to improve the well-being, and quality of life, of both horses and their owners.

Read about some examples of how our research has translated into applied clinical medicine and surgery.

Research Activities

Our primary research occurs in four main areas: Laminitis, Endotoxemia and Systemic Inflammation, Foal Pneumonia, and Coagulation. We chose these areas because they are critical diseases of the horse.

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This page was last updated on September 3, 2013.