Speaker Biographies

Delta Equine Seminar 2017 Speaker Bio’s

Stephanie Valberg, DVM PhD

Stephanie Valberg is the Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine at Michigan State University , USA. She received her DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College and completed a Ph.D.  in equine exercise physiology at the Swedish University of Animal Science. She is  Board Certified in internal medicine and sports medicine. Dr. Valberg’s research and clinical practice centers on neuromuscular diseases in horses with a special focus on genetic disease of skeletal muscle and their nutritional management. Dr. Valberg was inducted into the Equine Research Hall of Fame in 2012 and has received several awards including British Equine Veterinary Association Clinical Award 2014, University of Minnesota’s Postdoctoral Mentor 2013,  The 2012 Milne lecture at AAEP, the 2001 and 2010 Pfizer Award for Research Excellence.

Carrie Finno, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM 

Dr. Carrie Finno is an equine internist that received her DVM from the University of Minnesota (UMN) in 2004. She completed an internship in large animal medicine and surgery at the University of Davis, California (UCD), culminating in board-certification in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Dr. Finno elected to pursue a career in equine genetic research, with a strong focus on neuromuscular disease in the horse, including equine neuroaxonal dystophy/equine degenerative myeloencephalopathy (NAD/EDM), juvenile idiopathic epilepsy, occipitoatlantoaxial malformation, equine shivers, myofibrillar myopathy and immune-mediated myositis. In conjunction with the equine studies, she performs NIH-funded research investigating the interaction of vitamin E and neural development using a well-established mouse model.