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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. The second research focus is Silicate Associated Osteoporosis in horses, a systemic osteoporotic disease associated with inhalation exposure to cytotoxic silicate particles and granulomatous lung inflammation. Other areas include biomechanical function of musculoskeletal structures and treatment of orthopedic disorders in domestic animals.

Specialty Focus

Musculoskeletal biomechanics; etiopathogenesis of repetitive, overuse injuries; equine locomotor anatomy; racehorse musculoskeletal fatalities

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

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

Co-Investigator, Biomechanical evaluation of two plating configurations for critical size defects and transverse fractures of the mandible in dogs, Boaz Arzi (Principal Investigator), Center for Companion Animal Health

Principal Investigator, Optimization of Racetrack Surface Properties to Minimize Fetlock Injuries, (Principal Investigator), Southern California Equine Foundation

Principal Investigator, Optimization of racetrack surface properties, (Principal Investigator), Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation

Principal Investigator, Deciphering mechanisms of bone loss (osteoporosis) in horses from geographic regions with soils high in toxic silicates, (Principal Investigator), Center for Equine Health

Principal Investigator, Effect of arena surface on fetlock motion in jumping horses, (Principal Investigator), Center for Equine Health

Principal Investigator, Effect of Arena Surface on Kinematics of the Fore and Hind Limbs of Jumping Horses, (Principal Investigator), United States Equestrian Federation

Principal Investigator, Toward a Mechanistic Understanding of Osteoclast Dysregulation in Equine Silicate Associated Osteoporosis, (Principal Investigator), Signature Research in Genomics Program

Principal Investigator, Finite element model of the equine third metacarpal bone. The effect of subchondral bone properties on the distribution of stresses and strains within the distal condyle, Stover/Milgram (Principal Investigator), Koret SVM-UCD SVM Center for Companion Animal Health

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2015 Symons, JE, Fyhrie, DP, Hawkins, DA, Upadhyaya, SK, Stover, SM Modeling equine race surface vertical mechanical behaviors in a musculoskeletal modeling environment. Journal of biomechanics,
  • Link Icon 2015 Sarrafian, T. L., Garcia, T. C., Dienes, E. E., Murphy, B., Stover, S. M., Galuppo, L. D. A Nonterminal Equine Mandibular Model of Bone Healing Vet Surg,
  • Link Icon 2014 Hitchens, PL, Hill, AE, Stover, SM The role of catastrophic injury or sudden death of the horse in race-day jockey falls and injuries in California, 2007-2012. Equine veterinary journal,
  • Link Icon 2014 Collar, E. M., Zavodovskaya, R., Spriet, M., Hitchens, P. L., Wisner, T., Uzal, F. A., Stover, S. M. Caudal lumbar vertebral fractures in California Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racehorses Equine Vet J,
  • Link Icon 2014 Hill, A. E., Gardner, I. A., Carpenter, T. E., Lee, C. M., Hitchens, P. L., Stover, S. M. Prevalence, location, and symmetry of non-catastrophic ligamentous suspensory apparatus lesions in California Thoroughbred racehorses, and association of these lesions with catastrophic injuries Equine Vet J,
  • Link Icon 2014 Demner, D., Garcia, T. C., Serdy, M. G., Hayashi, K., Nir, B. A., Stover, S. M. Biomechanical comparison of mono- and bicortical screws in an experimentally induced gap fracture Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol,
  • Link Icon 2014 Kapatkin, A. S., Kim, J. Y., Garcia-Nolan, T. C., Kim, S. Y., Hayashi, K., Hitchens, P. L., Stover, S. M. Modification of the contact area of a standard force platform and runway for small breed dogs Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol,
  • Link Icon 2014 Harrison, S. M., Whitton, R. C., Kawcak, C. E., Stover, S. M., Pandy, M. G. Evaluation of a subject-specific finite-element model of the equine metacarpophalangeal joint under physiological load J Biomech,
  • Link Icon 2014 Hardisty, M. R., Kienle, D. F., Kuhl, T. L., Stover, S. M., Fyhrie, D. P. Strain-induced optical changes in demineralized bone J Biomed Opt,
  • Link Icon 2014 Soicher, M. A., Christiansen, B. A., Stover, S. M., Leach, J. K., Yellowley, C. E., Griffiths, L. G., Fyhrie, D. P. Remineralized bone matrix as a scaffold for bone tissue engineering J Biomed Mater Res A,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

1998 Stover SM: Stress Fractures, N.A. White and J.N. Moore, (ed), Current Techniques in Equine Surgery and Lameness, 2nd edition. 451-459.

1992 Stover SM: Dorsal metacarpal disease, N.E. Robinson, (ed), Current Therapy In Equine Medicine 3. 143-6.

1990 Stover SM: Bucked shins and stress fractures of the metacarpus in the horse, , Large Animal Internal Medicine, Part II, Sect. 9, St. Louis, Missouri. 1193-6.

1987 Stover SM: Pre- and post-operative management of the colic patient, N. E. Robinson, (ed), Current Therapy in Equine Medicine, Philadelphia. 33-38.

1986 Stover SM, Holmes H, Meagher DM, Hildebrand SV: Utilization of a large animal intensive care unit by equine colic patients, J.N. Moore, et. al., (ed), Equine Colic Research, Volume 2. 333-6.