Large Animal Clinical Sciences Faculty

Megan Shepherd, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVN

Clinical Assistant Professor
Clinical Nutrition
Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences

Education

  • 2012
    Doctor of Philosophy
    Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences
    Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 2006
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
    Virginia Tech
    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
    Large Animal Clinical Sciences
    Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 2008 – 2012
    Job Title
    Name of Department
    Name of Institution
    City, ST, USA
  • 2007 – 2008
    Associate Veterinarian
    Damascus Equine Associates
    Damascus, MD
  • 2006 – 2007
    Intern in Equine Private Practice
    Damascus Equine Associates
    Damascus, MD

Professional Memberships

  • 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.