UK Graduate Student Spotlight: Lauren Goedde

Lauren Goedde

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Name: Lauren Goedde
From: Boulder, Colorado
Degrees and institute where received: B.S. in equine science with a business minor and B.A. in Spanish language from Colorado State University

Lauren Goedde came to the University of Kentucky (UK) Gluck Equine Research Center to pursue her master’s degree in equine reproduction under Ed Squires, PhD. Dipl. ACT (hon.), former professor at the Gluck Equine Research Center. Prior to coming to UK, Goedde completed an internship under the Kentucky Equine Management Internship program in Lexington and became very interested in the veterinary science program after meeting with different professors in the UK veterinary science department.

During her master’s program, Goedde collected stallion semen before and after treatment with an omega-3 docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) supplement. She evaluated fresh, cooled, and frozen stallion sperm to see if the treatment with DHA supplement affected sperm motion characteristics and viability. Goedde found that motility in fresh and cooled stallion sperm was significantly improved after treatment with the DHA supplement; however, cryopreserved sperm was not affected.

“My most valuable takeaway from my time spent at the Gluck Equine Research Center was the research and veterinary skills that I learned working at the farm, and also the connections and relationships I built with my lab mates,” Goedde said.

Now that her master’s is completed, Goedde plans to apply to veterinary school and work at a veterinary hospital.

Alexandra Harper, MBA, is the operations and communications coordinator with the UK Ag Equine Programs.

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