ANSC faculty, students recognized by Equine Science Society

ST. PETE BEACH, FLA. – Dr. Martha Vogelsang, senior lecturer in the Department of Animal Science, is the recipient of the Equine Science Society’s 2015 Distinguished Service in Equine Science Award, the most prestigious honor the organization bestows upon one of its members.

Distinguished Service Award - Martha Vogelsang (TAMU)

Jason Bruemmer presents the Distinguished Service in Equine Science Award to Dr. Martha Vogelsang.

The award was presented during the organization’s 2015 annual conference held in St. Pete Beach, Fla., May 26-29.

The Distinguished Service in Equine Science Award was presented to Vogelsang for her outstanding contributions to the field of equine science. Vogelsang has been a member of the Equine Science Society since 1981 and has served the organization in several capacities including as a member of multiple committees, secretary, vice president and program chair, president, and past president.

In her current role at Texas A&M, Vogelsang teaches undergraduate courses in horse production and management and graduate courses in equine reproductive physiology and equine exercise science. She has particular interest in factors relating to reproductive efficiency in the mare including nutrition, thermal stress and regulation of the estrous cycle. Vogelsang serves on several graduate student committees and currently chairs 13 graduate students in the master of agriculture program focusing on equine management.

Vogelsang was among several award recipients with ties to Texas A&M. Dr. Gary Potter, retired equine faculty from the Department of Animal Science, was named a Fellow of the Equine Science Society. The Fellow Award recognizes distinguished service to the horse industry and extensive service to the Equine Science Society.

Dr. Gary Potter

Jason Bruemmer, left, presents the Fellow Award to Dr. Gary Potter.

Potter retired from Texas A&M in 2005 after serving as a professor of equine science for more than 35 years. He was instrumental in developing the equine science program as it’s known today and remains nationally known as a leader of equine nutrition.

In addition, Animal Science graduate students Amanda Bradbery and Allison Millican won the graduate student competitions in nutrition and exercise physiology.  Bradbery presented, “Evaluation of onjugated linoleic acid supplementation on markers of joint inflammation and cartilage metabolism in young horses challenged with lipopolysaccharide (LPS)” and Millican presented research she conducted while a student at Clemson University, “The effects of onjugated linoleic acid supplementation on lipopolysaccharide-stimulated fibroblastic synoviocytes: A preliminary study.” Both students currently work under the direction of Dr. Josie Coverdale, associate professor.


For more information regarding news from the Department of Animal Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M University, please contact Courtney Coufal at or (979) 845-1542.

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