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DLACS Faculty

Megan Shepherd

Megan Shepherd, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVN

Clinical Assistant Professor
Clinical Nutrition
Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
 
e-mail: meshephe@vt.edu


Education

2012   Doctor of Philosophy
Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
Blacksburg, VA
2006   Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
Blacksburg, VA
2002 Bachelor of Science, Biology
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

Board Certification

2013 Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Nutrition

Research & Clinical Interests

  • Gut microbes relative to maintenance of host health and prevention/treatment of disease.
    • My main interest is with obesity prevention/management.
    • We are currently investigating the role of gut microbes on stunted growth in Nepalese children.
  • Companion animal obesity management.

Professional Experience

2012-present Clinical Assistant Professor, Nutrition
Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
Blacksburg, VA
2008-2012 Resident in Clinical Nutrition
Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
Blacksburg, VA
2007-2008 Associate Veterinarian
Damascus Equine Associates
Damascus, MD
2006-2007 Intern in Equine Private Practice
Damascus Equine Associates
Damascus, MD

Professional Membership

  • American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Virginia Veterinary Medical Association

Selected Publications

  1. Shepherd, ML, WS Swecker, MA Ponder. Characterization of the fecal bacteria communities of forage-fed horses by pyrosequencing of the 16S rRNA V4 gene amplicons. FEMS Letters 2012;326:62-68.
  2. Shepherd ML, RS Pleasant, MV Crisman, SR Were, SC Milton, WS Swecker. Effects of High & Moderate Non-Structural Carbohydrate Hay on Insulin, Glucose, Triglyceride, and Leptin Concentrations in Overweight Arabian Geldings. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition 2012; 96:428-235.