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Equine Veterinary Education Program



The Equine Veterinary Education Program at Lincoln Memorial University is the first of its kind among the more than 30 veterinary schools in the United States. Participants will enter the program as undergraduates, completing two years of undergraduate study before beginning the four-year veterinary doctoral program with a strong emphasis on equine medicine. It will offer students summer immersive experiences at some of the world’s leading ranches, Thoroughbred farms, professional trainers, and veterinary hospitals.

The program is being coordinated with the aid of Dr. Eleanor Green and Dr. Jim Heird, both esteemed equine professionals who led the Equine Initiative at Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine where they served as Dean and Coordinator, respectively. As long-time professionals in the industry, they are first-hand witnesses to the need for qualified veterinarians. Since the cost of education has been a barrier for many of those interested in the profession, this program’s fast-track approach will reduce the cost to the student and increase the numbers of equine veterinary specialists for horse owners and veterinary practices.

Program E-Brochure

For information related to admissions, curriculum, summer immersive experiences, and the application process for the EVEP, please visit our e-brochure mini-site here.

Advisory Council

Equine Veterinary Education Program

The Lincoln Memorial University Equine Veterinary Program (EVEP) will have a literal who’s who of the equine industry serving on its Advisory Council. This Council will serve a major role in providing LMU with their viewpoints regarding the needs of the equine industry, direct input into the EVEP curriculum, and on site experiences at their facilities.

Andy Clark, DVM, MBA I Aiken, SC

Board Advisor, Avanti Equine Veterinary Partners


Maj. James Clement, Ill, MBA I Kingsville, TX

Land Resource Manager, King Ranch, Inc.


Chris Cox I Weatherford, TX

Owner, Chris Cox Horsemanship


Rich Decker I Lexington, KY

Realtor, Rector Hayden Realtors & Past President, WinStar Farm


David Foley I Lexington, KY

Executive Director, AAEP


Eric Hamelback I Paris, KY

CEO, NHBPA & Owner, Midway Point Thoroughbreds Equine Consulting


Jeannie Jeffery, MBA I Louisville, KY

Vice President, U.S. Equine, Zoetis Inc.


J. Patrick Johnson, MD MS, FACS, FAANS | Los Angeles, CA

Co-Director, Cedars-Sinai Spine Center & Consultant, NFL, Justin Sports Medicine & PRCA


Eddie Kane I Lexington, KY

General Manager, Calumet Farm


Leann Kuebelbeck, DVM, DACVS I Brandon, FL

Owner, Brandon Equine Medical Center


D. Wayne Lukas, MS | Louisville, KY

President, Lukas Enterprises, Inc., Four-time Eclipse Award Winner, & Hall of Fame Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred Trainer


Ed Murray, Jr., DVM I Pell City, AL

Owner, Coosa Valley Equine Center


Jamie O’Flynn | Lexington, KY

Director of Talent Acquisition, Avanti Equine Veterinary Partners


Jeffery L. Pumphrey, DVM I Lexington, KY

Hagyard Field Care, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute


Rhonda Rathgeber, PhD, DVM | Lexington, KY

Hagyard Field Care, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute


William Rood, DVM, JD I Lexington, KY

Real Estate Management & Founding Partner, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital


Debbie Spike-Pierce, DVM, MBA I Lexington, KY

President/CEO, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital


Duncan Taylor I Nicholasville, KY

Senior Thoroughbred Consultant & Former President, Taylor Made Farm


Jeff Tebow I Edmond, OK

CEO, Heritage Place Equine Sales & Managing Director, Andreini & Company