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Susan Stover- BS, DVM, PhD
Professor
Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology

2309 VET MED 3A
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 752 7438
smstover@ucdavis.edu

   

Research Focus

Musculoskeletal Injury Epidemiology, Pathogenesis, and Biomechanics: The primary research focus is the epidemiology, pathogenesis, and biomechanics of repetitive, overuse injuries in equine athletes. Secondary areas include biomechanical function of musculoskeletal structures and treatment of orthopedic disorders in domestic animals.

Specialty Focus

Anatomy

Education

1974 BS , Washington State University, Pullman,
1976 DVM , Washington State University, Pullman,
1987 PhD , University of California, Davis,

Honors and Awards

2012-2013 2013 Alumni Achievement Award Recipient
2011 James Wilson Award for Best Equine Publication by a UC Davis resident or graduate student - major professor for graduate student (Amanda Murray Arens) - Osteoporosis associated with pulmonary silicosis in an equine bone fragility syndrome
2010 Distinguished Veterinary Alumnus Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research, Washington State University
2010 James Wilson Award for Best Equine Publication by a UC Davis resident or graduate student - Major professor and mentor for Lucy Anthenill who won the award for her publication, "Comparison of macrostructural and microstructural bone features in Thoroughbred racehorses with and without midbody fracture of the proximal sesamoid bone. American Journal of Veterinary Research 2010
2010 Best poster for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Annual Meeting - Mentored Surgery Resident, Stuart Vallance
2009 James Wilson Award for Best Equine Publication by a UC Davis resident or graduate student - Major professor and mentor for Jacob Setterbo who won the award for his publication, "Hoof accelerations and ground reaction forces of Thoroughbred racehorses measured on dirt, synthetic, and turf track surfaces. American Journal of Veterinary Research 2009
2008 Outstanding Women in Racing
2008 James Wilson Award for Best Equine Publication from a resident or graduate student
2007 Faculty Research Award, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis
2007 American Horse Publications Award - 3rd place in the category of Equine-related Special Issue Publication for CEH Horse Report "Suspensory Ligament Injuries in Horses"
2005 Chancellor's Distinguished Lectureship Series, Lousiana State University
1997 Bayer Excellence in Equine Research Award, American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Research
1996 Norden Distinguished Teaching Award, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis
1986 Autotutorial Excellence, SCAVMA National Symposium Videotape
1983 Clinical Faculty Teaching Award, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis
1976 Large Animal Surgery Clinics Award, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University

Licenses

State Licensure - California
Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Active Research Grants

Principal Investigator, Investigation of a biomechanical mechanism for cranial tibial translation with cranial cruciate ligament injury, (Principal Investigator), Center for Companion Animal Health (CCAH)

Principal Investigator, Radiographic visualization of microstructural features that predispose proximal sesamoid bones to fracture in racehorses, (Principal Investigator), Center for Equine Health (CEH), UC Davis

Principal Investigator, A Racetrack Safety Program for Equine Welfare and Injury Prevention, (Principal Investigator), California Horse Racing Board

Principal Investigator, Investigation of mechanisms of bone loss in horses with pulmonary silicate associated osteoporosis, (Principal Investigator), Center for Equine Health

Principal Investigator, CHRB-UCD Racing Injury Prevention Prgram, (Principal Investigator), California Horse Racing Board

Co-Investigator, Biomechanical comparison of two methods of canine lumbar vertebral stabilization, Beverly Sturges (Principal Investigator), Center for Companion Animal Health

Co-Investigator, Biomechanical comparison of locking compression plates vs pins and PMMA on stabilized canine lumbar vertebrae, Kapatkin (Principal Investigator), AO Foundation

Trainer, The Role of the Inflammatory Response in Bone and Cartilage Changes Following Non-Invasive Knee Injury in Mice, Christiansen (Principal Investigator), NIH

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2013 Setterbo JJ, Fyhrie PB, Hubbard M, Upadhyaya SK, Stover SM Dynamic properties of a dirt and a synthetic equine racetrack surface measured by a track-testing device Equine Veterinary Journal,
  • Link Icon 2013 Arens AM, Puchalski SM, Whitcomb MB, Bell R, Gardner IA, Stover SM Comparison of scapular ultrasound, physical examination and serum biomarkers of bone turnover to scintigraphy for detection of equine bone fragility syndrome Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association,
  • Link Icon 2012 Setterbo JJ, Chau A, Fyhrie PB, Hubbard M, Upadhyaya SK, Symons JE, Stover SM Validation of a Laboratory Method for Evaluating Dynamic Properties of Equine Racetrack Surfaces PLOS ONE,
  • Link Icon 2012 Singer ER, Garcia T, Stover S How do metacarpophalangeal joint extension, collateromotion and axial rotation influence dorsal surface strains of the equine proximal phalanx at different loads in vitro? Journal of Biomechanics,
  • Link Icon 2012 Symons J, Entwistle RC, Murray-Arens AL, Garcia-Nolen TC, Christiansen BA, Fyhrie DP, Stover SM Mechanical and Morphologic Properties of Trabecular Bone from Horses with a Bone Fragility Syndrome American Journal of Veterinary Research,
  • Link Icon 2012 McCormack J, Stover SM, Gibeling JC, Fyhrie DP Effects of mineral content on the fracture properties of equine cortical bone in double-notched beams Bone,
  • Link Icon 2012 McCormack J, Stover SM, Gibeling JC, Fyhrie DP Analysis of miniature single- and double-notch bending specimens for estimating the fracture toughness of cortical bone J Biomed Mater Res A,
  • Link Icon 2012 Tjhia CK, Stover SM, Rao DS, Odvina CV, Fyhrie DP Relating micromechanical properties and mineral densities in severely suppressed bone turnover patients, osteoporotic patients, and normal subjects Bone,
  • Link Icon 2012 Harrison SM, Whitton RC, King M, Haussler KK, Kawcak CE, Stover SM, Pandy MG Forelimb muscle activity during equine locomotion Journal of Experimental Biology,
  • Link Icon 2012 Vallance SA, Entwistle RC, Gardner IA, Hitchens PL, Stover SM Case-control study of high-speed exercise history of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racehorses that died related to a complete scapular fracture Equine Veterinary Journal,