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DLACS Departments VA-MD Vet Med

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

  • Relationship between nutrition and health and the dynamic that gut microbes provide to this relationship.
  • Obesity treatment and prevention.

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, MA Ponder, AO Burk, SC Milton, WS Swecker. Fibre digestibility, abundance of faecal bacteria and plasma acetate concentrations in overweight adult mares. J Nutr Sci 2014; 3(e10).
  2. Husen, Z, H Wang, M Shepherd, K Wen, G Li, X Yang, J Kocher, E Giri-Rachman, A Dickerman, R Settlage, L Yuan. Probioics and virulent human rotavirus modulate the transplanted human gut microbiota in gnotobiotic pigs. ISME J 2014; 6(39).
  3. 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.
  4. 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. J Anim Physiol Anim Nutr 2012; 96:428-235.