Jerry Black - (Chair)
Jerry Black, DVM, is an associate professor at the Department of Animal Sciences, College of Agriculture Sciences and the Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences, Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins. He is currently the Wagonhound Land and Livestock Chair in Equine Science and the Director of the Equine Sciences at CSU. Dr. Black obtained his DVM degree from CSU in 1971. After graduation and prior to joining CSU faculty in 2010, Dr. Black served as a senior clinician at Pioneer Equine Hospital, Inc. in Oakdale, California (1973-2010); a resident veterinarian at Valley Oak Ranch in Oakdale, California (1995-2010); a college instructor (1974-1988) and a visiting instructor at University of California, Davis (1993-2010). Dr. Black has also served as Principal Investigator or co-PI in a number of research studies since 1979; he has 38 years of experience in applied clinical investigation in equine veterinary medicine. He is a member of several professional societies and associations and has held numerous positions including president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP; 2002); president of the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (1997-1999; 2006); chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Horse Council (2003-2018); member of the American Quarter Horse Association Animal Welfare Commission (2012-present); and chair of the Medication Review Committee, National Cutting Horse Association (2011-present). Dr. Black is a member of the United States Equestrian Federation and was a USEF Approved Official Show Veterinarian from 1985-2016. He served as an Approved Official Veterinarian in Jumping, Dressage, Eventing, Combined Driving and Reigning for the International Equestrian Federation from 1985-2014 and was an Olympic veterinarian (on call veterinarian during equestrian events) for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California. He has been invited to speak at various professional conferences and conventions in the United States and in Mexico, New Zealand, and Argentina and conduct in-depth seminars on various topics including hind limb lameness of the western performance horse, diagnosis and treatment of distal fore limb lameness, and practical considerations for the use of intra-articular medications at numerous veterinary conventions in the United States from 1994-2006. In 2001, Dr. Black received the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association’s Ed Smith Memorial Award for his dedication and service to the cutting horse industry on the Pacific Coast; in 2006, he received the California Veterinary Medical Association’s Dan Evans Memorial Award for significant contributions to the practice of equine veterinary medicine, to the profession and to his community; and he was inducted into the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association Hall of Fame in the same year. He received the AAEP Distinguished Life Member Award in 2010 and the Colorado State University Distinguished Alumni Award, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences in 2011.
Robin Foster, PhD is a certified horse behavior consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), a board Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB) with the Animal Behavior Society, and a Fear Free Certified Professional. She holds a PhD in animal behavior from the University of Washington, and a dual BS in biology and psychology from the University of Michigan. Her practical experience with animals includes working as a full time animal care officer for the Humane Society and as a stable groom and trainer's assistant at Emerald Downs, showing dogs in conformation, and owning and breeding thoroughbred race horses. As a full a professor at the University of Puget Sound, she conducted research in animal learning and social behavior, and taught courses in learning and behavior, animal communication, behavior genetics, and research methods and applied statistics. Dr. Foster has also served as chair of the Psychology Department, co-director of the Neuroscience Program, and chair of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Although she retired from full time teaching in 2011, she continues to be active in scholarly work and currently holds positions as Research Professor in Psychology at the University of Puget Sound and Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington, where she currently teaches a course in zoo animal behavior. Dr. Foster is also the current chair of the Applied Animal Behavior Committee, the CAAB certifying body of the Animal Behavior Society and a board member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Her research for the past decade has focused on horses with a mission to promote equine welfare and improve horse-human interactions. Dr. Foster's articles and commentaries on equine behavior are regularly published in The Horse.
Pamela E. Ginn
Pamela Eve Ginn, DVM, Dipl. ACVP, is an associate professor and senior pathologist at the Department of Comparative Diagnostic and Population Medicine, University of Florida (UF) College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville. She received her DVM degree from Colorado State University in 1983 and was a small animal practitioner for seven years (1983-1990) before accepting a residency in anatomic pathology at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine (1990-1993). In 1993, Dr. Ginn joined the UF faculty and became the chief of the surgical pathology service (1993-2003). It was during this time that she developed her interest and expertise in dermatopathology. She has spent most of her career focused on the study of naturally-occurring cutaneous disease in animals and teaching students and residents in dermatopathology. In 2012, she was named Associate Dean for Students and Instruction, UF College of Veterinary Medicine, a position she held until 2015. From 2012-2017 she served as Admissions Director for the same college. Dr. Ginn is a member of several professional societies, including the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the International Society for Veterinary Dermatopathology (ISVD), of which she is a founding member. Her awards include the Special Service Award from the University of Florida Alumni Council (2015), the Excellence in Teaching Award from the American College of Veterinary Dermatologists (2011), and the Norden Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award from the UF College of Veterinary Medicine (1998).
Sarah le Jeune
Sarah le Jeune, DVM, DACVS, DACVSMR, CVA, Cert. Vet. Chiro, is a member of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of lameness and various performance-related musculoskeletal injuries by an integrative approach including acupuncture and chiropractic. She is the chief of the Equine Integrative Sports Medicine Service at University of California, Davis. Dr. le Jeune is also a board-certified equine surgeon and has been a member of the UC Davis Equine Surgery faculty since 2003. She is a certified veterinary acupuncturist with extensive acupuncture training from the Colorado State University and the Chi Institute in Florida. She also obtained certification in veterinary chiropractic by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association and is certified in Veterinary Thermographic Imaging.
Bart Sutherland, DVM is currently a private practice large animal veterinarian in Oxford, Mississippi. In previous years, he has also worked for the USEF/AQHA (US Equestrian Federation/American Quarter Horse Association) Drug and Medication Program (2002-2015); Veterinary Medicine Officer (VMO) with USDA (2010-2018); and a VMO with the USDA Horse Protection Program and Animal Care (2010-2017; Interim Director for USDA Horse Protection Program, 2016). While at USDA, Dr. Sutherland served as lead VMO in USDA team inspections and was responsible for initiating over 400 federal cases for violation of the Horse Protection Act (HPA) in nine states. He led numerous training sessions on HPA for USDA veterinarians and inspectors, and horse show managers as well as demonstrations for and discussions with various federal and state delegations. He also served as an Animal Care Program Inspector for various veterinary and medical colleges and research institutions to ensure compliance with the Animal Care Act. Throughout his career, Dr. Sutherland has served as an expert witness on cases involving horses, including as an expert witness for the HPA in state and federal criminal and civil courts, and a USDA designated expert witness for the HPA at USEF administrative hearings. He was a USDA subject matter expert for the HPA proposed rule change in 2016. Dr. Sutherland is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA), American Academy of Veterinary Consultants, and the advisory board for Christian Veterinary Mission’s V.E.T. Net Mongolia, a non-governmental organization. He obtained his DVM degree from Mississippi State University in 1994.