Linda Paul, DVM, DACVIM-LA, a Ph.D. candidate in Biomedical and Veterinary Medical Sciences at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, received the EQUUS Foundation Research Fellow awarded by The Foundation for the Horse for her research into equine glandular gastric disease (EGGD).
The $5,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a doctoral or residency student who has made significant progress in the field of equine health care research. In addition to the financial reward, Dr. Paul also received a $500 stipend to support her travel to the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) 68th Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas, where she accepted her award Nov. 20.
Her current work focuses on identifying mechanisms of EGGD, a common disease of active horses that can lead to signs of colic or decreased performance. Treatment can be prolonged and involve multiple medications including antibiotics. The pathophysiology of EGGD is yet to be understood. Identification of mechanisms contributing to this disease could lead to the development of improved prevention and treatment strategies.
“My career goal is to obtain a position in academia or industry as a translational clinical scientist to collaborate across basic and clinical science disciplines,” said Dr. Paul. “By bridging this gap, clinically translatable evidence can be provided to improve the health and well-being of equids.”
“The receipt of this fellowship will support my career in many ways and allow me to continue to reach my goals and remain focused on helping horses through research,” she added.
Dr. Paul graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. She completed an equine medicine and surgery internship in 2018 and an equine internal medicine residency in 2021, both at Louisiana State University, Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
“The health and welfare of America’s horses is core to the mission of the EQUUS Foundation. We are honored to partner with The Foundation for the Horse through the EQUUS Foundation Research Fellowship to support veterinarians who are dedicating their careers to equine research,” said Jenny Belknap Kees, EQUUS Foundation chairman.
For more information about this program and other scholarships offered through The Foundation for the Horse, visit https://foundationforthehorse.org.
About the EQUUS Foundation
The EQUUS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2002, is the only national charity in the United States 100% dedicated to protecting America’s horses from peril and strengthening the bond between horses and people. To learn more, visit https://equusfoundation.org.
About The Foundation for the Horse
Established in 1994, The Foundation for the Horse is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to improving the welfare of the horse through Education, Research, and help for Horses at Risk. It is governed and stewarded by world-renowned equine veterinarians and equine stakeholders. In 2022, and for the second consecutive year, The Foundation awarded over $1 million in scholarships and grants to impact equine health and well-being throughout the U.S. and developing countries. To learn more, visit www.foundationforthehorse.org.
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