Horse Expert 520533 AL

Expertise Description

I have been working for more than two decades in the field of Animal Science with a focus in equine exercise physiology. I have additional experience working with mineral balance in young racehorses entering training. I have more than 25 years experience teaching at the university level in the area of horses – particularly in the areas of horse nutrition, exercise physiology, management, and training. I have also been providing numerous clients with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony as an animal science expert witness in Michigan for over 5 years.

Areas of Expertise

Expert Witness

I have been a key defense witness testifying in the defense of a race horse that had tested positive for a negligible amount of a banned substance (found almost ubiquitously) in a “zero-tolerance” state. Testimony centered on the fact that the amount in the horse’s system was small enough that science has shown it could not influence performance and that there was reasonable reason to believe the amount in the horse’s system was due to accidental contamination. The defense was successful and the horse got to keep the $1 million in earnings.

Consulting Experience

I have consulted for a number of horse feed companies, horse farms, and supplement manufacturers.

Professional Experiences

I have been on faculty at Michigan State University since 1996 where I am a professor in the area of equine exercise physiology specializing in exercise science, nutrition, and management of horses.

Relevant Experiences

I am a professor in the Animal Science Department at a leading university whose research and teaching program is entirely focused on horses. I have numerous peer-reviewed journal articles dealing with mineral nutrition of horses.


Degree Subject Institution
Ph.D. Texas A&M University
M.S. Animal Science: Equine Nutrition and Exercise Physiology Texas A&M University
B.S. Animal Science University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Licenses Certifications

Diplomat, American College of Animal Nutrition
American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, Certified: Area of Specialization – Horses

Awards & Affiliation

American Society of Animal Science
American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists
American College of Animal Nutritionists
National Academy of Sciences Committee
The Equine Science Society and American Society of Animal Science Equine Science Award

Primary Affiliation

American Society of Animal Science