PhD in Animal Physiology (Equine Animal Physiology) from Clemson University, 2008
M.S. in Animal Science from Michigan State University
B.S. in Animal Science from North Carolina State University
Nutritional and exercise effects on physiology of bone and cartilage in horses.
S. Headley, J. Coverdale, T. Jenkins, C. Klein, J. Sharp and K. Vernon. Dietary supplementation of CLA in horses increases plasma CLA and decreases plasma arachidonic acid, but does not alter body fat. In Review; Submitted November 30, 2011. Journal of Animal Science.
R. Smith, K. Vernon, D. Kelley, J. Gibbons, C. Mortenson. Impact of moderate exercise on ovarian blood flow and early embryonic outcomes in mares. In Review; Submitted October 9, 2011. Journal of Animal Science.
DE Kelley, JR Gibbons, R Smith, KL Vernon, SE Pratt-Phillip, CJ Mortensen. 2011. Exercise affects both ovarian follicular dynamics and hormone concentrations in mares. Theriogenology. 76 (2011):615-622.
Vernon, KL, L. Riggs, J Coverdale, AB Bodine, J Gibbons. 2010. The Effects of Forced Exercise on Collagen Type II Fragments (C2C), Lysyl Oxidase Concentrations and Total Protein Concentrations in Sera and Synovial Fluid of Lambs. J Equine Vet Sci. 30(5):266-274.
Lang, K.J., B.D. Nielsen, and M.W. Orth. 2002. Bone metabolism markers in arabian horses during the first two years of life. Pro. Anim. Sci. 18:180-183.
Lang, K.J., B.D. Nielsen, K.L. Waite, G.M. Hill and M.W. Orth. 2001. Supplemental silicon increases plasma and milk silicon concentrations in horses. J. Anim. Sci. 79:2627-2633.
Lang, K.J., B.D. Nielsen, K.L. Waite, J. Link, G.M. Hill and M.W. Orth. 2001. Increased plasma silicon concentrations and altered bone resorption in response to sodium zeolite A supplementation in yearling horses. J. Equine Vet. Sci. 21(11):550-555.
Trottier, N.L., B.D. Nielsen, K.J. Lang, P.K. Ku, and H.C. Schott. 2002. Equine endurance exericse alters serum branched-chain amino acid and alanine concentrations. Equine Vet. J. Suppl. 34:168-172.
Professional society activity:
American Quarter Horse Association Member
American Collegiate Horsemen’s Association
Equine Science Society, Production and Management Committee
Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championship, Executive Board Member
Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup, Management Team
AVS 204 – Horse Care Techniques
AVS 309 – Equine Evaluation
AVS 405 – Advanced Equine Evaluation
AVS 412 – Advanced Equine Management
AVS 416 – Equine Exercise Physiology
AVS 417 – Animal Agribusiness Development
Selected Topics, Practica and Experience Based Activities