Harris Receives Research Award

The Equine Science Society (ESS) recently honored Patricia Harris, MA, PhD, VetMB, Dipl. ECVCN, MRCVS, director of science for Mars Horsecare, for her work as a scientist and equine nutrition specialist. Harris was presented with the Equine Nutrition Research Award, sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), during an annual ESS meeting in New Mexico in May. She is the first non-American to receive the award.

“Dr. Harris has been an instrumental member to our team, not only providing research for new products, but also looking at maximizing nutrient availability in our current formulas,” said Ryan Brown, marketing manager for Mars Horsecare U.S. Inc.

Harris joined the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition in 1995 and is responsible for the research carried out by the equine studies group, which works closely with the Buckeye Nutrition brand. She attended Cambridge University in England, receiving Masters of Art and Veterinary Medicine degrees before becoming a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Harris also earned a PhD from Cambridge for her equine rhabdomyolysis research carried out while at the Animal Health Trust, in Newmarket, England.

The editor of several books and proceedings, Harris has also served as author/co-author of approximately 30 book chapters and 160 peer-reviewed journal articles as well as more than 400 abstracts. She is a past president of the British Equine Veterinary Association, currently serves on the ESS board, and is an officer of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition.

The Equine Nutrition Research Award is part of AFIA’s continuing awards program dating back 65 years. Harris was presented the award by Jennifer Earing, PhD, a nutritionist at Tennessee Farmer’s Cooperative.

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