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Debra Powell
Departments / Offices
Equine Studies Department

Education

Post-Doc University of Kentucky (Department of Veterinary Sciences – Equine Insulin Resistance and Exercise)

Ph.D. University of Kentucky (Animal Sciences – Equine Nutrition & Exercise Physiology)

M.S. University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (Animal Sciences – Equine Nutrition & Exercise Physiology)

B.S. Hampton University (Biology; minor Chemistry)

Certifications

NBCAAM – Equine and Canine Massage Therapy

CERP – Equine Rehabilitation

Book

Debra Powell, MS, PhD, PAS. 2017. Anatomy and Physiology of the Equine Digestive System Just Facts…No Fillers.

Book Chapters

Debra Powell. 2019. Equestrian Spaces: In Facility Planning and Design for Health, Physical Activity, Recreation and Sport, 14th Ed textbook by Thomas H. Sawyer.

Publications (Selected)

Van Matre and D. M. Powell. Effect of pre-exercise massage on stride length of the forelimb in horses. 2018. Comparative Exercise Physiology 14. Supplement 1.

Powell, D and Wimbush K. Plasma amino acid profile in horses following a weighted exercise test. 2009. J. Equine Vet Sci. 29:311-312.

Powell, DM, Bennett-Wimbush, Peeples, Duthie. 2008. Evaluation of indicators of weight-carrying ability of light riding horses. J Equine Vet

Sci 28:28-33.

Pratt, S., L.M. Lawrence, L.K. Warren and D.M. Powell. 2005. The effect of exercise on acetate clearance in horses. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. 25:266-271.

Warren, L.K., L.M. Lawrence, T. Brewster-Barnes and D. M. Powell. 1999. The effect of dietary fiber on hydration status after dehydration with furosemide. Equine Vet J. Supplement 30: 508-513.

Pratt, S.E., L.M. Lawrence, T.Barnes, D. Powell, L.K. Warren. 2000. Measurement of ammonia concentrations in horse stalls. J. Equine Vet. Sci. 20:197-200.

Powell, D.M., L.M. Lawrence, T. Brewster-Barnes, B. Fitzgerald, L.Warren, S. Rokuroda, A. Parker and A. Crum. 1999. Diet composition and feeding state affect response to exercise in feed restricted horses. Equine Vet J. (Supplement 30):514-518.

Powell, D.M. and L.M. Lawrence, L.M. 1997. Thyroid hormone. Equine Disease Quarterly. 6(1):3.

Siciliano, P.D., L.M. Lawrence, K. Danielsen, D. Powell and K. Thompson. 1995. Effect of exercise conditioning and type of exercise on serum creatine kinase and aspartate amino-transferase activity. Equine Vet. J. Supplement 18 (Equine Exerc. Physiol. 4):248-251.

Danielsen, K., L. Lawrence, P. Siciliano, D. Powell and K. Thompson. 1995. Effect of different diets on weight loss and plasma variables in endurance exercised horses. Equine Exercise Physiol. 4: 372-377.

Pratt, S., L.M. Lawrence, L.K. Warren and D.M. Powell. 2005. The effect of exercise on acetate clearance in horses. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. 25:266-271.

Lawrence, L., J. DiPietro, K. Ewert, D. Parrett, L. Moser and D. Powell. 1992. Changes in body weight and condition of mares during gestation and lactation. J. Eq. Vet. Sci. 12:355-358.

Lawrence, L., S. Jackson, K. Kline, L. Moser, D. Powell, and M. Biel. 1992. Observations on body weight and condition of horses competing in a 150-mile endurance ride. J. Eq. Vet. Sci. 12: 318-322.

Extension Publications

G.L. Olson, L.M. Lawrence, G.D. Lacefield, T.D. Phillips, B. Coleman, D. Powell and S.R. Smith. 2005. PR-512 2004 Cool-Season Grass Horse Grazing Variety Report: Tolerance to Horses

Robert J. Coleman and Debra Powell. 2004. ASC-157 Teasing Mares

R.F. Spitaleri, M. Collins, L.M. Lawrence, G.D. Lacefield, T.D. Phillips, B. Coleman, and D. Powell. 2004. PR-496 2003 Cool-Season Grass Grazing Variety Report: Tolerance to Horses

R.F. Spitaleri, J.C. Henning, L.M. Lawrence, G.D. Lacefield, T.D. Phillips, B. Coleman, and D. Powell. 2003. PR-479 2002 Cool-Season Grass Grazing Variety Report: Tolerance to Horses

Presentations (Selected)

VanMatre and D. Powell. 2018. Effect of pre-exercise massage on stride length of the forelimb in the horse. In International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology, Lorne, Australia.

D. Powell. 2018. Opportunities for students to apply course content outside the classroom. National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics. Stephenville, Texas.

D. Powell. 2017. The utilization of mid-semester assessments to provide an additional channel of communication with your students. National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics. Minneapolis, Minnesota.

D. Powell. 2011. Demographic profile of students majoring in horse science and horse production: implications on course reconstruction to meet changing need of incoming students. National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics. Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Mulligan D and Powell D. 2011. Comparison of moist heat and magnetic therapy on ultrasound changes in the loin area of adult horses. In 21st Equine Science Society Symposium, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, pp. 323-324.

Powell, D.M., L.M. Lawrence and S. Hayes. Effect of dietary restriction and exercise on prolactin response to a thyrotropin releasing hormone challenge. Proceedings 18th Equine Nutrition and Physiology Symposium, East Lansing, MI, p268. 2003.

Peterson, C.J., L. Lawrence, R. Coleman, D. Powell, L. White, A. Reinowski, S. Hayes and L. Harbour. Effect of diet quality on growth during weaning. Proceedings. 18th Equine Nutrition and Physiology. Symposium., East Lansing, MI, p326. 2003.

Harbour, L.E., L.M. Lawrence, S.H. Hayes, C.J. Stine and D.M. Powell. Concentrate composition and form and glycemic response in horses. Proceedings 18th Equine Nutrition and Physiology Symposium, East Lansing MI p329. 2003.

Popular Press (Selected)

Dr. Debra Powell, Breeding Soundness Exam for Stallions, Arabian Horse Life magazine, Issue 1, 2020.

Dr. Debra Powell. HYPP & HERDA: Understanding the potential welfare impact on Arabian-Quarter Horse crosses, Arabian Horse Life magazine, Issue 3, 2019.

Dr. Debra Powell. Legs: lower limb, hoof conformation and horse performance. Arabian Horse Life magazine, Issue 2, 2019.

Dr. Debra Powell. Your horse’s tmj health: consider your feeding practices. Arabian Finish Line Magazine, December /January Issue, 2018/2019.

Dr. Debra Powell. The right stuff: feeding the weanling. Arabian Finish Line magazine, October/November Issue, 2018.

Dr. Debra Powell. Lavender aromatherapy for horses: inhale the calmness. Arabian Finish Line magazine, August/September, 2018.

Courses Taught

  • EQ 200 Equine Health and Disease
  • EQ 208 Equine Nutrition
  • EQ 209 Applied Equine Feeding
  • EQ 211 Principles of Selection
  • EQ 294 Equine Genetics
  • EQ 302 Equine Reproduction
  • EQ 306 Equine Lameness
  • EQ 307 Functional Anatomy and Physiology of the Horse
  • EQ 317 Equine Exercise Science
  • EQ 350 Equine Biomechanics
  • EQ 417 Equine Environmental Management
  • EQ 461 Undergraduate Research in Equine Studies
  • BI 240 Animal Nutrition
  • CH 323 Biochemistry

Areas of Interest

  • Equine Nutrition
  • Forage Utilization
  • Equine Exercise Physiology
  • Equine Waste Recycling