Mary Anne McPhail Equine Performance Center
Mary Anne McPhail Equine Performance Center
Mary Anne McPhail Equine Performance Center
Mary Anne McPhail Equine Performance Center
Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
D202 Veterinary Medical Center
East Lansing, MI 48824-1314

Phone: Lab Phone: 517.432.5927

Fax: Lab Fax: 517.353.7733


Website:
cvm.msu.edu/research/research-centers/mcphail-equine-performance-center

The Mary Anne McPhail Equine Performance Center was officially opened on June 7th, 2000. The McPhail Equine Performance Center is a multi-disciplinary team of veterinarians, animal scientists, kinesiologists, and engineers who work together to improve the health and well-being of sport horses. The McPhail Chair is Hilary Clayton, BVMS, PhD, MRCVS. Dr. Clayton received her veterinary degree from Glasgow University, Scotland in 1973. After two years in mixed veterinary practice in Scotland she returned to Glasgow University and completed a PhD. She worked at veterinary colleges in the UK, Canada and the Netherlands before coming to MSU in 1997 as the first incumbent of the Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine. Her research interests are in biomechanics of locomotion and lameness and development of conditioning programs for equine athletes. Current projects include comparison of equine locomotion on straight lines and on circles, effects of physical therapy and rehabilitation techniques for horses, studies of gaits and transitions, control of balance, development of gait and balance in foals, investigations of saddle fit and the effects of different pieces of tack and equipment, computer modeling of the musculoskeletal system and locomotion of the horse, rider interaction with the horse, and effects of therapeutic riding.

The Mary Anne McPhail Equine Performance Center is a state-of-the art equine sports and lameness fac
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