Sherry A. Johnson, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVSMR, a PhD student at Colorado State University (CSU), in Fort Collins, has been announced as the EQUUS Foundation Research Fellow for her investigation into new approaches to tendon injury rehabilitation in horses.

Through the Foundation for The Horse, the EQUUS Foundation awards a $5,000 grant annually to a doctoral or residency student who has made significant progress in the field of equine health care research. In addition to the financial reward, Johnson also received a $500 stipend to support her travel to the AAEP’s 65th Annual Convention, currently underway in Denver, Colorado, where on Dec. 9 she received her award prior to the Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture.

“As a first year PhD student, my time and resources have been dedicated to investigating rehabilitation modalities novel to horses, specifically blood flow restriction training,” said Johnson. “I aim to develop tendon-sparing exercise prescriptions that may eventually be extrapolated to equine and human patients. The shared, interspecies complexities of injury diagnosis, longitudinal monitoring, and successful treatment offer me an avenue through which my basic and applied science can be used to improve human and animal health.”

Johnson graduated in the top of her class from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, in Ames, completed a residency in Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation at CSU, and became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2019. She is currently a PhD candidate at CSU, with research focus on novel rehabilitation modalities related to tendon healing. She received the American Quarter Horse Foundation Young Investigator Award in 2018 and is working toward three publications describing longitudinal tendinopathic imaging characteristics and the role of exercise in tendon healing. These publications will join Johnson’s other accepted manuscripts to Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound (2018) and Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics (2016).

“The health and welfare of America’s horses is core to the mission of the EQUUS Foundation,” which is protecting America’s horses and strengthening the bond between horses and people, said Jenny Belknap Kees, EQUUS Foundation chairperson. “We are honored to partner with The Foundation for the Horse through the EQUUS Foundation Research Fellowship to support veterinarians who are dedicating their careers to equine research

For more information about this program and other scholarships offered through The Foundation for the Horse (formerly the AAEP Foundation), visit foundationforthehorse.org.