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Karen E. N. Hayes, DVM, MS

Karen E. N. Hayes, DVM, MS is the award-winning author of five horse-care books and hundreds of articles in such magazines as Equus and Horse & Rider. A 1979 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and a lifelong horsewoman, Dr. Hayes was in private practice for several years, joined the faculty at Wisconsin’s veterinary school, earned a post-doctoral masters degree in equine reproduction there, then returned to private broodmare practice. She and her husband live in northern Idaho on a 100-acre farm. They’ve raised Friesian horses since 1986.

Kathleen M. Ivester, DVM

Dr. Kathleen Ivester earned her DVM from the University of Missouri-Columbia and completed a large animal surgery residency at Purdue University. She earned her PhD under the mentorship of Dr. Couëtil and is continuing her research into Inflammatory Airway Disease in Thoroughbred racehorses. She enjoys the opportunity that her work gives her to work closely with Indiana horsemen to improve the health and well being of their equine athletes.

Laurent L. Couëtil, DVM, PhD

Dr. Laurent Couëtil is a professor of large animal medicine and the director of both the equine research programs and equine sports medicine center at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Couëtil’s research interests lie in exercise physiology, equine respiratory diseases, and pre- clinical animal models of human respiratory diseases such as asthma and emphysema. Dr. Couëtil serves on the scientific advisory boards of several pharmaceutical and biotech companies and is a consultant in the area of translational research in respiratory medicine. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Couëtil spent six years as a clinician in one of the largest equine practices in Chantilly, France.