UK Graduate Student Spotlight: Allen Page

UK Graduate Student Spotlight: Allen Page

Dr. Allen Page

Photo: University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment

Name: Allen Page
From: San Diego, CA
Degrees and institute where received: PhD, 2013, University of Kentucky
DVM, 2008, University of California, Davis
BS Animal Science (Equine Emphasis), 2004, University of California, Davis

Allen Page, DVM, PhD, decided to come to the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center for his doctoral degree because horses have always been the species he prefers to work with professionally and as a hobby.

“Anyone who spends time with horses has at one point heard about or been affected by research that has come from the Gluck Center, as it is one of the preeminent equine research institutes in the world,” Page said.

Page completed a one-year internship at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute from 2008-2009 and became involved in a foal disease (Lawsonia intracellularis) research project while there. Page said that project led him down the research path and opened several doors for him at UK. One of the main goals for his doctorate research was that his work could be primarily of a clinical nature.

“Luckily for me, Dr. David Horohov (PhD), my boss and supervisor, has been incredibly supportive of this endeavor, as have the local farms who have supplied me with the samples from which most of my research is based,” Page said.

Page’s work at UK has mainly focused on L. intracellularis, a bacterium causing a disease primarily of young horses, weanlings, and yearlings. During his time at UK he has also studied Rhodococcus equi and equine influenza virus.

“We have developed a new test for L. intracellularis antibodies which allows for automated analysis of the results rather than other tests which rely on human interpretation," he said. "In addition, we have been working on determining potential risk and protective factors with respect to the disease L. intracellularis causes, equine proliferative enteropathy (EPE). These factors have been poorly characterized to date, so anything we find will be of great use to the equine community."

Page said he has just started his post-doctoral research, again in Horohov’s laboratory, where he plans to continue his work on L. intracellularis.

“Because of the post-doctoral research, I have a little while before I have to start looking for a job, but I would ultimately like to end up in either a teaching/research position at a veterinary school or in a research position at a veterinary pharmaceutical company,” Page said.

Shaila Sigsgaard is an editorial assistant for the Bluegrass Equine Digest.

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